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Originally Posted by Samurai Batgirl;15514573 
It's out of stock and a bit expensive for what it is, but you could get this to save room.

Some other options for cases, as well.

(Sorry I'm so terrible at help tonight. My brain died I think doh.gif)
Thanks for the suggestions, Silverstone does make some nice cases. I actually like the LC12 and it's close to the look I want but it's a little big. It's still a definite a possibility. For the optical drive I'll probably get a slot load, that is if I can find one and it's not super overpriced. I'm not a fan at all of those slide out laptop optical drives.
Edited by Ben the OCer - 10/30/11 at 8:03pm
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I'm very interested in seeing how the external PSU holds up to a Llano build. If it can handle it I may look into that case, because I love that case.
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post #13 of 127
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Originally Posted by Craiga35;15515047 
I'm very interested in seeing how the external PSU holds up to a Llano build. If it can handle it I may look into that case, because I love that case.
I know it does look like a really cool case. Kind of like a Mac Mini you can actually work in and upgrade easier. With my build it will probably be pretty tight with the power but it should work, I'm hoping. A quad 100W Llano + ITX Mobo takes close to 120W on load (see below) so hopefully the 65W A6-3500 pulls a lot less power. I just need enough left over for the SSD and Blu-Ray drive. I might have to pickup a kill-a-watt meter and do some testing with a desktop PSU before I install it in the Habey case. Either way I'll probably do some undervolting but I'm hoping it won't be a necessity to get within the limits of the PSU. This might be a real interesting project. Hopefully no exploding goes on. biggrin.gif

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Another interesting product from Habey is the EPC-6567 which is a 7.87"x8.86"x1.77" case similar to these but smaller plus it comes with a Brazos E-350 board and 4GB of SO-DIMM RAM (two slots). You just have to add a hard drive, OS, and Wi-Fi (it has two Mini-PCIE slots available). For it's size it's not a bad price at $249.99 + shipping. That would be a fun system to play with. I might consider it but I would prefer a more powerful system.
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I have just built a mini itx media centre, and i can fully recommend the asus f1a75-i delux motherboard. See Here
The media remote with qwery keyboard is a great addition.
Iv'e not had time to fully test it yet but my amd a8 is running at a cool 26 in a mini case.
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Originally Posted by BrokenSpring_12;15517415 
I have just built a mini itx media centre, and i can fully recommend the asus f1a75-i delux motherboard. See Here
The media remote with qwery keyboard is a great addition.
Iv'e not had time to fully test it yet but my amd a8 is running at a cool 26 in a mini case.
Thanks, I saw that board and it does look very nice. That remote is cool, it's a remote on one side and a keyboard on another. Thanks for the recommendation. The only thing I don't like about it are the goofy antennas for the Wi-Fi, maybe it gets better reception that way but then you have to find a place to put them. Out of curiosity what case did you go with?
Edited by Ben the OCer - 12/10/11 at 10:08pm
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Cool build
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Cool build
Thanks, I think so too. I'm excited about it.biggrin.gif As long as nothing explodes I'll be good. I bought a Kill-A-Watt meter from Amazon last night so I should be good.
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Well, nice build. I def wouldn't call it a mac mini killer though.
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer;15520133 
Thanks, I saw that board and it does look very nice. That remote is cool, it's a remote on one side and a keyboard on another. Thanks for the recommendation. The only thing I don't like about are the goofy antennas for the Wi-Fi, maybe it gets better reception that way but then you have to find a place to put them. Out of curiosity what case did you go with?

I went with the Lian-Li Q25 Linky Here

The case is great with space for 5+ 3.5" drives and a few 2.5" too. It is a tight fit though so choosing a small atx psu is essential.

EDIT: Also i was after Array R2 case but could not find it in stock anywhere in the U.K. Same deal as the q25 6 x 3.5" hdd.
Edited by BrokenSpring_12 - 10/31/11 at 10:23am
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my htpc(on my sig) is basically a mid tower case beside the tv and yead it's ugly as *&(#. can you guys recommend me a small case that can fit a regular PSU and a gtx 470? I don't mind using a stock cooler for my 955 BE
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