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Hey,

So right now I've got my sig rig sitting at home whilst I'm at Uni (too big really...) and was wondering what ideas people have had for miniaturising their own machines? Ideally I want to spend as little as possible by keeping the hardware I've already got.

Has anyone got any recommendations for mITX cases that could fit a 5850 in for example?

Thanks
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There are plenty of mATX cases that can fit a HD5850. There are a few mITX that can fit that... but you probably don't want to go mITX due to cost, cooling, and limited mobo options.

However, your mobo is still ATX.


Can't you place your case on top of a shelf, under the bed, or under the desk?
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It's not so much room, it's ease of moving it to/from Uni and the increasing number of LANs I'm going to. mATX could be an option, I'll have a look around.

Ideally something I can carry under one arm is good
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It's not so much room, it's ease of moving it to/from Uni and the increasing number of LANs I'm going to. mATX could be an option, I'll have a look around.

Ideally something I can carry under one arm is good
There are mATX cases with handles.
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post #5 of 5
You could get a Lian Li A05N, thats the smallest ATX case I can think of that falls into alot of matx case sizes. Also the only thing you would need to change is the case, so that would help save some cash.
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