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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 07:56 PM - Thread Starter
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Driveless computer cases...

Okay, so I'm looking at building a new PC and I've not kept up with much for the past 5/6 years.
Back then I was living at my parents house, and ended up with three computers on one desk at one point. So all my builds were as small as possible.

So, I currently have the NCase, amazing little thing for the size, but honestly? I'd not want to go that small again. Troubleshooting in that thing is horrific it's so compact.

Anyway, I do still like the idea of somewhat compact builds, but I'm no longer restricted to ITX. So I'm wondering if there's anything on the market like a case without any HDDs (who needs them anymore with m.2), something not much bigger than an ATX motherboard and aluminium ideally.

I'm not too fussed about RGB or windowed side panels (but if it looks good, why not?).

I'm looking at a few cases but nothings really struck me just yet.


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I'm not really in to water cooling, never plucked the courage up for it. However I do like AIO's due to the fact that they leave your motherboard fairly accessible. So something with 240mm radiator support would be nice.

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...So I'm wondering if there's anything on the market like a case without any HDDs (who needs them anymore with m.2)...
M.2 currently is limited to 2TB. You may not need any more storage than what you can get from M.2 but there are many people who need far more than that.

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I didn't know that. But for me it isn't an issue.
I've got an 80TB storage server mostly for Plex.
So for me, the only thing I'd need storage on my main computer for is games.

Just seen the Jonsbo U4 which looks almost perfect for me. It's just the lack of a top mounted rad support that's an issue. The U5 in comparison seems... a lot bigger.

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https://www.newegg.com/carbon-fracta...82E16811352121 If you had the urge to go back to mini ITX


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https://www.newegg.com/carbon-fracta...82E16811352121 If you had the urge to go back to mini ITX
That case has universally been panned. The thermals are beyond terrible and the price has already dropped to about $139 at many retailers.

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That case has universally been panned. The thermals are beyond terrible and the price has already dropped to about $139 at many retailers.
Even if you don't run Intel?


I saw it had support for a 240 mm rad in a mini ITX thought maybe the op might be interested - thanks for chiming in though.


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I would say visit local hardware store and grab some alu profiles etc. and build your own case. Considering the state of computer cases on market, you won't often get a good cooling case out of the box without modding.
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Most modern cases have removable HDD cages/SSD mounts. This is a great case to build it, not too small, not to big, like the middle bear in Goldilocks. https://www.newegg.com/fractal-desig...quicklink=true

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Quote: Originally Posted by Jawswing View Post
...So I'm wondering if there's anything on the market like a case without any HDDs (who needs them anymore with m.2)...
M.2 currently is limited to 2TB. You may not need any more storage than what you can get from M.2 but there are many people who need far more than that.
This is incorrect! Sabrina has had a 4tb M.2 for months and they have an 8tb in they way.

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OP... Wait for the Lian Li 011 Dynamic Mini. It will fit ITX, MATX, ATX while still being very reasonably small. Also it has 2 Hotswap Bays available in the PSU chamber if you want them. Otherwise its no big loss to the size or authentic. Also given the history of the O-11 series it should do well on thermals.

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