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Is there such thing as a compact/small mid tower with no HD cages or CD bays? Basically like this Lian Li, but with the front 4 inches cut off? I never need a CD drive, and I only need a single SSD for boot. I want a case that's really small, but without having to turn to mini-atx form factor.

I've got an i5 2500k w/ 6950 setup, but in a NZXT H2 Silent case and it's a little big for me.


Lian Li:

400

NZXT H2 (from Google Images):

450

Sketch:

297
Edited by TheWolfe - 3/19/12 at 12:54am
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there isn't any in the market currently because it is beyond niche. Unfortunately if there isn't a strong market demand for something like that, manufacturers don't have a reason to make it.

I was actually thinking about the same exact thing. I think you'd have to mod the case to do it.

If you had microATX, the closest thing you'd find is the silverstone fortress ft03
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there isn't any in the market currently because it is beyond niche. Unfortunately if there isn't a strong market demand for something like that, manufacturers don't have a reason to make it.
I was actually thinking about the same exact thing. I think you'd have to mod the case to do it.
If you had microATX, the closest thing you'd find is the silverstone fortress ft03

I wouldn't mind going to micro, I'm just so unfamiliar with those parts, and I just assume that it's much like laptops in that you're paying more for less power.

With standard parts, everyone knows the current intel lineup whether it's the newest Quad core or Sandy bridge, etc. Not to mention Micro is so small that fitting the gpu becomes a problem.

I've seen a lot of school computer labs filled with cheap dell slim desktops, ie:

320

Also, I've seen these Acer desktops:

600

Which look incredible to me. But I just can't seem to ween off a powerful desktop and stick to a nongaming laptop. But I always go back to things like Minecraft or older GTA series or The Sims (nothing too demanding, but still). So I really can't decide between:

1)Nongaming laptop
2)Laptop with dedicated gpu that's heavier and gets hotter
3)Powerful desktop with all the bells and whistles

I'm in college and it seems everyone has a laptop, but I honestly can't think of a time that I've needed a laptop IN class with me. We all write down notes on paper, online quizzes can be done at home/library, etc. But then when I get a big desktop with an i5 and 6950, it becomes cumbersome and I realize that I'm growing out of hardcore games, and I want a slim laptop and just plug it into a monitor, but then I miss my desktop again. I can't make up my mind ha.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post

I wouldn't mind going to micro, I'm just so unfamiliar with those parts, and I just assume that it's much like laptops in that you're paying more for less power.
With standard parts, everyone knows the current intel lineup whether it's the newest Quad core or Sandy bridge, etc. Not to mention Micro is so small that fitting the gpu becomes a problem.

i guess you've never seen what a maximus v gene z can do in a TJ08-E biggrin.gif

as far as power, you can put an corsair AX850 powersupply in there to run any ivybridge cpu overclocked to whatever you are able to as in any regular sized board. as well as a PAIR of 7970 running corssfire... if that's too anemic for you then yah, you'll need a full sized ATX biggrin.gif

seriously tho:D both mATX and ITX have come a long way and are often just as powerful as any regular desktops. especially considering the new ASUS ITX board that is going to be VERY OC friendly biggrin.gif
post #5 of 6
I think Cubitek Magic Cube might fit your needs.
(Unfortunately, when you buy the Cube, it comes in all three components. So, you just store the other 2 away.)

600

520

Sells at US$300 here:-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item3a678ed7ab&item=250845517739&nma=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&rt=nc&si=QR46U6fmigUH5io4VQr3AWryYTM%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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Wow. It's too bad that thing is so expensive. And maybe I should get into Micro. Really it's about the size of the tower. I use to think that those All-in-one touchscreens were awesome, but the touchscreen is a gimmeck and they're often overly expensive.
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