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ok guys I need something kinda in a shoe box form factor (needs to be at least micro ATX, I dont want any ITX builds)

I'm looking for something that I can build while on vacation up north and transport back down home, space is pretty tight so the smaller the better, I'm also looking for something that I can take to Lan parties at friends houses, so handles are a bonus.

recommendations, links are great, especially if they are to Microcenter or Frys as these are the brick and mortar stores I'm planning on getting my parts from.
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post #2 of 30
This is about as small as you are going to get while maintaining decent performance

http://www.frys.com/product/6908857?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Unfortunately, the 'shoebox' design is limited to ITX because of the size of the motherboard.
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post #3 of 30
May I ask why no ITX?

Unless you intend to SLI then I don't see a reason not to. If onboard sound isn't enough there's always USB DACs that can be pretty decent. And I doubt you'd need the extra RAM slots as you can easily do 2x4 or even 2x8 and have way more than enough RAM.

Otherwise you still won't get quite to the shoebox size ( unless you're wearing some size 16's or larger, lol )


These are probably the smallest;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133187
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112377
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112300
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Ahh yes, forgot about the Thermaltake. I think I block their cases out of my mind, kind of like Antec. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Michalius View Post

Ahh yes, forgot about the Thermaltake. I think I block their cases out of my mind, kind of like Antec. tongue.gif

The Lian Li in the second link is 3" shorter if it matters tongue.gif
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I guess I could go ITX I just never have found an ITX board I cared for
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The Silverstone Ft-03B fits mATX, and is pretty small.
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I guess I could go ITX I just never have found an ITX board I cared for
ASUS P8PZ77-I is fanfreakingtastic.
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Originally Posted by Jim888 View Post

I guess I could go ITX I just never have found an ITX board I cared for

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131840
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157312

Neither of those peak your interest? tongue.gif
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