I just ordered a Fractal Core 1000 yesterday. Shellshocker @ $25.99 + FS.
It went back up to the $35 it was the day before, but the day before that it was $27.99 and not advertised as a sale price
. Seems nice, but top-mounted PSU and no cable management. I look forward to trying that.
I have two I could recommend that I have.
This one's got a lot going on for it's size. It's far from short on ventilation. front, rear and top 120mm fan slots. The side can fit 4x 80mm or squeeze a 200mm in there (20mm width if ATX PSU). There's also an 80mm slot under the HDD cage. 2 trays for 2.5" or 3.5" HDDs, a 2.5" mount on top of the HDD cage, as well as a vertical plank for another. Given the 3.5" expansion bay, theis case holds 5 drives with style and easy access.
This one is about as small as a mATX could get. Very easy to work with, especially with a pretty simple removal of the expansion bay (a.k.a the cable management space). 2x 60mm rear, 1x 80mm side, and 1x 80mm front fans can be installed. Needs a slightly more low-profile cooler, but a Vortex Plus fits with a bit of room to spare, even when a side fan is installed. The included PSU ha dual 20a 12V+ rails, which accommodates most anything an HTPC could need. Great budget case+PSU combo that's small, but not mini.
That Cooler Master would be "the best" over-all from what I see (could someone explain where the seven drives
fit there...!?), unless as small as mATX goes is your preference, in which case the TopPower I linked is great for it's size. The Zalman in the following link may be a good alternative to that, too.
BTW - I'm not considering cases that can fit standard ATX motherboards, cause that's not mATX to me! lolEdited by Rezard - 8/7/13 at 11:44am