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My sig rig is currently housed in an Antec 300. Nice case, but when you're in college and you have to transport your machine around frequently it quickly becomes a heavy burden (literally). I am looking for a replacement case that meets the following criteria:

  • Small
  • Lightweight (light enough that it can be carried easily; having handles wouldn't hurt either)
  • Durable (Just because it's lightweight doesn't mean it'll break easily)
  • ATX-capable (I want the flexibility of upgrading to a full ATX board in the future)
  • Good cooling/airflow (would preferably have a 120mm fan/port so I can fit my H50)
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post #2 of 12
Apex TX-381 - I've got one and I love it. smile.gif The only downside is - microATX only.

OTOH you could get a Cooler Master Storm Scout. smile.gif
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post #3 of 12
Lian Li PC a05n, the missus has this case, it's small, very light, durable, it's lian li, it's sleek, classy and shiny, semi good air flow, and has the space for your h50 ^_^

even got a club here in OCN
http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/880913-coolest-lian-li-pc-a05-nb.html
It's very popular ^_^


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Edited by MorbEIn - 4/17/11 at 2:47pm
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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
That Apex case appears to be a microATX case, and also lacks a 120mm fan port. Thanks though smile.gif
Edited by kz26 - 4/17/11 at 2:49pm
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quantum Reality;13164983 
Cooler Master Storm Scout[/URL]. smile.gif

I have a storm scout and it is pretty small for ATX and has a metal reinforced carrying handle.
    
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Danger den torture rack?
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post #7 of 12
Uhh. but the one i linked is a 'Mini Tower for Full ATX and Large Video Cards' tongue.gif
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by UbNub;13165024 
I have a storm scout and it is pretty small for ATX and has a metal reinforced carrying handle.

I've had a full-size ATX mobo in a Storm Scout before and it's been pretty good about accommodating it. Heatsinks can be a potential issue, but as long as you measure twice, buy once, you should be OK.
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Apex TX-381 
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Core i5 430M GT230M (1 Gb dedicated) 8 GB DDR3-1066 640 GB 
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HTPC
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HP dv6 laptop
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4690K ASRock Z97 Extreme4 XFX Radeon 7950 32 GB DDR3-2133 
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Samsung 850 EVO SSD Samsung DVD/CD-writer Corsair Hydro H60 Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
ASUS PA248Q Dell U2412M XFX 850W Black Edition XXX Fractal Design Arc Midi 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium Dual Core E6700 MSI G41M-P33 Combo ATI HD4350 Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1333 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1333 WD Caviar Blue Windows 7 64-bit Sony 32" TV set 
Case
Apex TX-381 
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Core i5 430M GT230M (1 Gb dedicated) 8 GB DDR3-1066 640 GB 
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post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MorbEIn;13165042 
Uhh. but the one i linked is a 'Mini Tower for Full ATX and Large Video Cards' tongue.gif

Sorry, I was referring to the Apex case that was mentioned redface.gif
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post #10 of 12
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How much does the Storm Scout weigh, and do you find it to be something that can be carried easily?
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