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post #11 of 19
i had an old hp case i used temporarily for 3 months .. it was ok.. airflow sucks.. but i guess u can get by with no problems..
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Except mid-towers aren't out of the question.

from his question, i was under the impression he wanted to use something that falls under small form factor category and uses half height vid cards. i'm sure any of the ITX Llano board/chip combo would work for him. he might be able to run hybrid xfire with a half height card too.
post #13 of 19
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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.

I didn't really try changing the motherboard because I didn't need to, but I think it would have the same connectors.
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post #14 of 19
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What type of motherboard form factor does the Shuttle computer use? There is one on craigslist for only $30, in the picture it still looks new, but the motherboard doesn't work.

If nobody knows what I mean by Shuttle: http://us.shuttle.com/R4_6100.aspx
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Just because you can doesn't mean you should. For instance, since the inside of the case is designed a specific way you may or may not be able to swap out certain parts such as the PSU. You also may find it much harder upgrading GPU's since some can be quite bulky. And lastly you may not be able to use aftermarket cooling if you so chose. "Insta-pcs" can be pretty cost effective, but you get what you pay for.. I personally would save up for a nicer case but that's just me.
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post #16 of 19
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^ no one answered my last post, but apparently the shuttle computers use their own in house design, so I skipped that idea.

I actually have went through three computer cases I bought from newegg, and ALL of them have had front port issues; is this usual, or did I just have a bad string of bad luck? So now I have decided to use a retail computer, because they always seem to have properly working front ports and I like the casual styling with no gimmicks.

As for air-flow, for a 95w maximum CPU with integrated graphics, and heatsink/fan, one exhaust case fan: I suppose this will not be much of a concern. I will monitor it to see how the computer is doing.
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Just because you can doesn't mean you should. For instance, since the inside of the case is designed a specific way you may or may not be able to swap out certain parts such as the PSU. You also may find it much harder upgrading GPU's since some can be quite bulky. And lastly you may not be able to use aftermarket cooling if you so chose. "Insta-pcs" can be pretty cost effective, but you get what you pay for.. I personally would save up for a nicer case but that's just me.

Yeah, I get what you are saying, but this will just be decent snappy and good personal PC. Probably can't play any high end games on it.. tongue.gif

In honesty, you make a good valid point. The case I was looking at locally looked to have an unusual power supply; I know it wasn't an full size ATX power supply, because you can easily distinguish where the screws line up on theme.

The shop also had one of those older Sony Vaio's desktop towers. The Vaio had no hard drive or ram, and they wanted $10 for it; aesthetically it was in really good shape. Of course, those Sony's have some strange stuff going on inside. Here is what the back looks like (picture found online), notice the rear panel ports and the power supply looks like its held on by three screws biggrin.gif

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post #17 of 19
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The shop also had one of those older Sony Vaio's desktop towers. The Vaio had no hard drive or ram, and they wanted $10 for it; aesthetically it was in really good shape. Of course, those Sony's have some strange stuff going on inside. Here is what the back looks like (picture found online), notice the rear panel ports and the power supply looks like its held on by three screws biggrin.gif
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here is what a silverstone SG03 looks like on the back

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the difference is the SG03 has much better airflow and filtered fans.
post #18 of 19
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here is what a silverstone SG03 looks like on the back
[img]the difference is the SG03 has much better airflow and filtered fans.

haha, that SG03 looks weird, but to each its own

I was referring to how a regular ATX power supply will not mount in some retail computers (using the Vaio as an example), and neither will the motherboard shield fit, and who knows if Sony decided to off-set the motherboard screws for their own in-house design?

Oh, the Vaio's have a weird 18 pin Motherboard connector... but I know how to wire stuff biggrin.gif
post #19 of 19
ahh hehe i was just linking the SG03 due the the similar layout of the 2 cases.
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