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Very nice case! I've been looking for a small ITX case to use as HTPC #2 in the bedroom. I won't be needing an HDD at all (xbmc live) and the wife and I are still debating whether or not we want a dvd drive for the netflix dvds. All it really needs is wifi. So the smaller the better! Please take lots of pics while building it, as I'd love to see more of the inside. Subbed.
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post #22 of 127
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf;15520416 
Well, nice build. I def wouldn't call it a mac mini killer though.
It is what it is. The Mac Mini is a super small computer that has very few rivals. This system will be twice the height but take close to the same footprint. It will be a lot more upgradable, cheaper, and obviously more customizable. I think I got a case that's as close to the unibody aluminum look as I can get.
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Originally Posted by BrokenSpring_12;15520490 
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.
That looks like a very spacious but yet still somewhat compact case. Lian-Li makes pretty awesome cases.
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Originally Posted by raiderxx;15520705 
Very nice case! I've been looking for a small ITX case to use as HTPC #2 in the bedroom. I won't be needing an HDD at all (xbmc live) and the wife and I are still debating whether or not we want a dvd drive for the netflix dvds. All it really needs is wifi. So the smaller the better! Please take lots of pics while building it, as I'd love to see more of the inside. Subbed.
When I get everything I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and post in this thread, as many people seem to be interested in this case. Habey does have one picture of the inside for the black version but I wish they had more: link. I'm not sure when I'll order the components. I'm hoping soon but I'm pretty busy with school this week.

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post #23 of 127
Nice build. Not sure it would be a MAC mini killer, though?

And are you going to add another SSD or HD? 30GB is like nothing now a days...
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Originally Posted by joshd;15521045 
Nice build. Not sure it would be a MAC mini killer, though?

And are you going to add another SSD or HD? 30GB is like nothing now a days...
All I need is the OS and not much else so the 32GB SSD is fine. I have a 1TB F3 with ripped movies on it but it probably won't fit in the small case. I'll probably just connect to it through the network or not use it at all since I rarely watch my ripped movies. It's a work in progress.biggrin.gif I'm excited to get working on it, hopefully it goes smooth.
Edited by Ben the OCer - 12/10/11 at 10:10pm
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post #25 of 127
I've been dying to do a build in one of these babies:

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They're pricey but would certainly look at home under your Plasma.

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Heat might be an issue.... I have a AMD E-350 in a slim HTPC with a 60mm and 80mm fan... it already gets hot.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Foolsmasher;15521452 
I've been dying to do a build in one of these babies:

m10_shot1.jpg


They're pricey but would certainly look at home under your Plasma.

Origen
That is nice but pricey like you said. One store has it for $324.eek.gifTechPowerUp did a review of that case. That's the nice thing about the Habey case, it's very affordable. Plus the Habey is a decent amount more compact (Origen: 9.45"x9.92"x4.17" vs Habey: 8"x9"x3").

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Originally Posted by DuckieHo;15521515 
Heat might be an issue.... I have a AMD E-350 in a slim HTPC with a 60mm and 80mm fan... it already gets hot.
Yes, that is true Duckie. Do you have a passively cooled E-350? I'm hoping to cut down on heat by undervolting but it has basically no cooling so it might be a problem. I think there is space to add 50mm fans but those won't be pushing much air. It does have a decent amount of venting holes so hopefully the hot air will expel itself with just the power of the CPU fan but that might be wishful thinking. It will be an interesting experiment of a project.gunner2.gif
Edited by Ben the OCer - 10/31/11 at 12:21pm
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I have been looking at the case for a LONG time. Hint- drill a hole in your rear I/O shield and move the power jack to the back from the side.
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Originally Posted by hick;15522493 
I have been looking at the case for a LONG time. Hint- drill a hole in your rear I/O shield and move the power jack to the back from the side.
The slimmer 2.25" one without the optical drive slot is the one with the power on the side. The 3" that I'm getting has the power on the back.
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer;15522599 
The slimmer 2.25" one without the optical drive slot is the one with the power on the side. The 3" that I'm getting has the power on the back.

I'm thinking of building the exact same system as you, except with the black case. I just gotta wait till I get some more cash. I'll be following your build though.

Couple questions, how do you plan on fitting in an HDD? Also what makes you pick that mobo? I've always had Asus and Gigabyte boards so I'm just curious.
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