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Cant find a computer case I like

You guys may hate me for this, but 99% of the computer cases look stupid, have flimsy buttons, front audio ports have interference issues (in my experience)...

While, if you take this HP for example, the buttons have a decent touch to theme, the audio ports often have no issues (Quality Control), the USB ports aren't crooked, and finally... they look nice.
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Of course I understand this is my own personal opinion.

I've tried finding a small form computer case, but with no luck. I've found three models I like, but they are not available in the US and the UK distributor will not ship here. One example is the IN WIN BQ660.

My question is, would it be a good idea to use a retail computer as a case? I can buy a used one fairly cheaply, and understand it may have a couple of blemishes. I use to own a Sony Vaio desktop, but It wasn't easy to upgrade because of the front port connectors; in honesty I can't remember the exact issue.
post #2 of 19
I guess it would be fine to use a retail case for your desktop, but it also depends on the parts you're using. You would most likely be restricted to a mATX or smaller board(which I think would be fine for you). And most retail cases are cramped and offer next to no airflow.

I used to have an Acer Aspire case. It barely fitted my 4870 because of the power connectors hitting the hard drive cages. It was also very hard to fit in because of the case design. It would have to be angled in a way just to barely fit the card itself.
Retail cases also don't have too many slots for fans so you would be limited to 1 exhaust fan.
Edited by jvkua - 5/6/12 at 11:58pm
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well..... that depends on how bored you are and how much modding you are willing to do biggrin.gif

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post #4 of 19
Depends on the performance you want and how much modding you plan on doing. Retail cases don't have much airflow or space for aftermarket parts so performance would be pretty "meh"

Have you looked into Fractal/Silverstone/Corsair cases? All of them have great quality, minimalistic aesthetics, and excellent performance.
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ghooble View Post

Depends on the performance you want and how much modding you plan on doing. Retail cases don't have much airflow or space for aftermarket parts so performance would be pretty "meh"
Have you looked into Fractal/Silverstone/Corsair cases? All of them have great quality, minimalistic aesthetics, and excellent performance.

I've looked at almost every single case on newegg.com, I've looked through Tigerdirect, and even some official websites...

I'm probably on the wrong website, but I'm looking to build a quick media type of computer; just webrowsing, Hulu+ / Amazon.com videos, music. Mini-ITX or mATX motherboard would just be fine. Most likely integrated graphics, etc.. My last computer has an AMD Sempron 140 processor (2.7GHz) and 2 GB ram (actually "1.75GB usable); most have told me its fine for my needs, but I want something a bit more peppy and not bogging down over a long day use. I'm thinking of using SSD as the "main" hard drive, Windows 7 64-bit, and one of those new dual-core low-wattage ratted processors.
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I've looked at almost every single case on newegg.com, I've looked through Tigerdirect, and even some official websites...
I'm probably on the wrong website, but I'm looking to build a quick media type of computer; just webrowsing, Hulu+ / Amazon.com videos, music. Mini-ITX or mATX motherboard would just be fine. Most likely integrated graphics, etc.. My last computer has an AMD Sempron 140 processor (2.7GHz) and 2 GB ram (actually "1.75GB usable); most have told me its fine for my needs, but I want something a bit more peppy and not bogging down over a long day use. I'm thinking of using SSD as the "main" hard drive, Windows 7 64-bit, and one of those new dual-core low-wattage ratted processors.

You aren't on the wrong site, OCN is for more than just Gosu systems. For what you just described right there a retail case would do it just fine assuming you don't go overboard with the gear. I'll venture to suggest an AMD APU for your needs. Would suit it well.
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post #7 of 19
I'm actually using the slightly older version of that hp slimline case to house my HTPC. It was free, and micro atx.

The connector for the power switch, power led and hdd led is a rectangular block with 10 pins and one blocked, and every micro atx board I've ever installed in that case had the same pin out.

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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by jvkua View Post

I guess it would be fine to use a retail case for your desktop, but it also depends on the parts you're using. You would most likely be restricted to a mATX or smaller board(which I think would be fine for you). And most retail cases are cramped and offer next to no airflow.
I used to have an Acer Aspire case. It barely fitted my 4870 because of the power connectors hitting the hard drive cages. It was also very hard to fit in because of the case design. It would have to be angled in a way just to barely fit the card itself.
Retail cases also don't have too many slots for fans so you would be limited to 1 exhaust fan.

Were the front panel connectors compatible with motherboards? I've heard DELL computers have some strange stuff going on inside theme that makes them hard to upgrade. I probably sound silly.

I suppose if need be, I could always do some wire soldering work.
post #9 of 19
hehe the problem is this post is in the wrong section biggrin.gif if he had posted this in the small form factor section, armourcore9brker would have jumped in and given him some advice already smile.gif
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hehe the problem is this post is in the wrong section biggrin.gif if he had posted this in the small form factor section, armourcore9brker would have jumped in and given him some advice already smile.gif

Except mid-towers aren't out of the question.
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