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Checkout the new LIAN LI PC-Q25B Black / Silver Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case.

This looks like a sweet little Home Server case.


Yeah, just saw this today. Might pick up for my test server

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There's an Athenatech A1089 version in-stock from several vendors: http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Itx-Tower...ies/B002DW924I. You can find it in different colors as well like red & white. I used a charcoal gray version once when I found it cheaper than the Rosewill.

AFAICT, the Rosewill and the Athenatech are just rebadges of the CFI-A8989: http://www.chyangfun.com/oldwebsite/...&PreView=1.htm. I just haven't seen the Rosewill in anything other than the glossy black.

Aaagghhh, look at that!!

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I saw the "HTPC 1U Computer Media Server Kit" referenced earlier in this thread but was wondering if anyone had seen a review or actually tried using it.
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So far, I have hands-on experience with two mini-ITX cases.

The first is the Athenatech A1089xx.150 (aka Rosewill RC-CIX-01, aka CFI A8989)

http://www.chyangfun.com/pro04_1_1.asp



Pluses: uses standard desktop components, has a full-size expansion slot, comes with a decent 150W PSU, lots of room above mobo is ODD isn't too deep and is usually $50 or less.
Minuses: somewhat noisy PSU and case fan, ODD door sticks at random and needs slight modding, a bit "cutesy"

Update: the Rosewill RC-CIX-01 does not seem to have the sticking ODD door problem!
do you know how many expansion slots has this case?
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do you know how many expansion slots has this case?

1 full height expansion slot.

More pictures and info here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147133

 

 

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I ordered one of these from China (the black one). If I ever get it I'll post some pictures. I have my doubts if it will ever show but it's a good experiment and all it takes to get my money back is to open a dispute with PayPal so at least I am protected there.



I was attracted to the case purely on looks. We'll see what happens. I just wish there were a US distributor of these cases (and lots of other cases I've seen on Asian websites).

Where did you order from?

Or does anyone else know where to get these? Im trying to get a single unit shipped to Europe but when I searched for it, all I can find is Chinese wholesalers.
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I never got it, unfortunately. The website I went through was dhgate.com. It would have come direct from China. That is the only place I've found them.

 

 

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Thanks for the info.

I found some sellers in UK & Europe but they are too expensive, about €80 shipped; too close in price to real premium stuff like the Lian Li PCQ09.

I don't really want to spend that much (trying to build a very low budget HTPC for a friend) but if it came to a point where I was spending €80 on a case I would just spend the extra €20 and get the Lian Li.

I will keep looking, thanks.
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which is the cheapest mini-itx case that fits a 2-SLot gaming VGA?
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which is the cheapest mini-itx case that fits a 2-SLot gaming VGA?

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None cheap.
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The PC-Q08 is a thing of beauty.

 

 

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I added a few pictures of the PC-Q08 WHS2011 build to my blog: http://outsidethestb.blogspot.com/20...ver-build.html

 

 

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I just put my HTPC together and am using the Rosewill RC-CIX-01 and am using the PSU that comes with it. My PSU makes a high pitched sound when it is working hard (ie. HDD copying or doing any other major operation). I've read that this is due to poor components used in the PSU. Has anyone else had this high pitched sound come from their Rosewill PSU? I know this is the source of the sound because I plugged in my Antec PSU and the sound went away. I might also add that it ran a lot more smoothly as well.

Should I return this guy or just get a new PSU? What type of PSU would fit in this case? Is it a FLEX PSU?
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I just put my HTPC together and am using the Rosewill RC-CIX-01 and am using the PSU that comes with it. My PSU makes a high pitched sound when it is working hard (ie. HDD copying or doing any other major operation). I've read that this is due to poor components used in the PSU. Has anyone else had this high pitched sound come from their Rosewill PSU? I know this is the source of the sound because I plugged in my Antec PSU and the sound went away. I might also add that it ran a lot more smoothly as well.

Should I return this guy or just get a new PSU? What type of PSU would fit in this case? Is it a FLEX PSU?

Get a new PSU, it's called an SFX type. The CFI one that comes with the case, is weak. Read the feedback on NewEgg.

You can take a chance getting another SFX power supply that fits and performs, or shell out the money for a Pico power supply.

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The RC-CIX-01 does not take a SFX PSU. You might be thinking of the RS-MI-01 which does take a SFX PSU. The RC-CIX-01 has an internal PSU which looks like a TFX variant which is said to be proprietary. It's definitely not a FlexATX PSU -- a FlexATX PSU is way too big for that case.

http://www.amazon.com/Athena-PS-CF-1.../dp/B00561RZG0

 

 

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The RC-CIX-01 does not take a SFX PSU. You might be thinking of the RS-MI-01 which does take a SFX PSU. The RC-CIX-01 has an internal PSU which looks like a TFX variant which is said to be proprietary. It's definitely not a FlexATX PSU -- a FlexATX PSU is way too big for that case.

Really? In that case , I would just get a silent Pico PSU (and a StardogChampion mounting plate!!) and be done.

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Really? In that case , I would just get a silent Pico PSU (and a StardogChampion mounting plate!!) and be done.

I could not agree more, except there's no opening in the back for mounting the jack since the PSU is internal .

If I were to get a picoPSU for that case, I would take out the old PSU and put the AC/DC laptop adapter in that spot (if it'll fit -- find a laptop adapter that will fit like an old IBM T30/T41 72W adapter with the picoPSU 120-WI-25) and use the existing internal power cord to hook into the laptop adapter. Sh*t, why didn't I think of this before. How cool would that be.

Otherwise, minibox sells a PCI bracket with a mounting hole -- good only if you don't already have something in the expansion slot.

 

 

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I could not agree more, except there's no opening in the back for mounting the jack since the PSU is internal .

If I were to get a picoPSU for that case, I would take out the old PSU and put the AC/DC laptop adapter in that spot (if it'll fit -- find a laptop adapter that will fit like an old IBM T30/T41 72W adapter with the picoPSU 120-WI-25) and use the existing internal power cord to hook into the laptop adapter. Sh*t, why didn't I think of this before. How cool would that be.

Otherwise, minibox sells a PCI bracket with a mounting hole -- good only if you don't already have something in the expansion slot.

Thanks to the both of you for the input. I had been looking at the picopsu but I also wanted to see what all my options were. The internal power adapter idea makes me lean even more towards the pico.
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I too went with the Rosewill being discussed, I got 2 of them to house desktops with full height ODDs, Intel ITX 67CFs with picoPSUs (decided before I purchased I would junk the 150w PSUs that came with them). In general I like the case (except I keep thinking its Vaders helmut lying on my desk :-)).

EXCEPT:

I hate the ODD drive door. The poor little ODD drive when it slides out has a heck of a time opening the door. Im wondering if some tinkering with the spring mechanism would help.

On the plus side, its cheap, has good front side USB and audio connectors.


One question : does anyone have any recommendations for replacing the rear fan? It seems kind of whimpy - I would like to get better airflow. Can I get any standard size 80mm fan? whats the best one to get?

is this Cooler Master a good choice? can be had for $9, free shipping.

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/prod...roduct_id=2943
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I like this 80mm fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999199 -- $5.49/ea with free shipping when you buy 2, $4.99/ea when you buy 3+.

 

 

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I like this 80mm fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999199 -- $5.49/ea with free shipping when you buy 2, $4.99/ea when you buy 3+.

This one doesnt appear to be PWM? I wonder if the CoolerMaster I linked is a better choice for a few more dollars - its PWM, RPM varies from 800 up to 3000, and moves a lot more air at the higher end.

I'm kind of new to caring about fans, so what do you see the pros and cons of the choice being?
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This one doesnt appear to be PWM? I wonder if the CoolerMaster I linked is a better choice for a few more dollars - its PWM, RPM varies from 800 up to 3000, and moves a lot more air at the higher end.

I'm kind of new to caring about fans, so what do you see the pros and cons of the choice being?

I have that CoolerMaster (two actually) and they make a clicking sound at the very low end -- both of them. I prefer the Enermax. It moves a ton of air and is (to me) silent. I also tried some cheapo Kingwin 80mm fans. They are very quiet too but don't move air like the Enermax does. The Antec 80mm Tri-Cool are good too, though only quiet on the lowest setting. That's the limit of my 80mm fan experience.

 

 

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I have that CoolerMaster (two actually) and they make a clicking sound at the very low end -- both of them. I prefer the Enermax. It moves a ton of air and is (to me) silent. I also tried some cheapo Kingwin 80mm fans. They are very quiet too but don't move air like the Enermax does. The Antec 80mm Tri-Cool are good too, though only quiet on the lowest setting. That's the limit of my 80mm fan experience.


OK, thank you for the info. I'm actually gonna order both and see which works out better - I have 5 or 6 systems to put fans into.

Thanks again!
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Interesting article, though, I do find my Rosewill RC-CIX-01 HTPC case a wonderful budget case.

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Any suggestions on a mini-ITX case similar to Antec ISK300-150 but one that can accommodate a full size bluray drive? I have the Antec and really like it, am building another system and want to use a BR drive I already have.
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I bought a couple of these (for $10 bucks more than the $39 price as of today 12/8/2011!) and they're very nice indeed:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...8196&Tpk=bp655



I guess it's bigger tho than the Antec you reference kb.

EDIT: I just built one and I like the case a LOT, but with my DH57 board and the oversized cooler I put in it, my LG BD drive is just slightly too long/deep to fit. A Lite-On DVD drive is shorter and fits just fine. Now I have to learn how to make sure of the dimensions of these fullsize drives--at least, I don't see them typically given.
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Lian-Li looks to have a few new mini-ITX offerings for 2012 that will even interest HTPC builders. Some of these make me drool.

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news...-for-2012.aspx

I wonder when/if they'll start showing up for sale in the USA.

 

 

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Lian-Li looks to have a few new mini-ITX offerings for 2012 that will even interest HTPC builders. Some of these make me drool.

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news...-for-2012.aspx

I wonder when/if they'll start showing up for sale in the USA.

Nice find! I like the PC-Q05. The article is wrong; it's using an Intel DH61AG motherboard (already have one ). The heatsink is by Intel as well. I had seen this case in an Intel PDF for the DH61AG that I found somewhere, and downloaded. Looking back at my download history here is the link to the PDF. There is supposed to be a decent amount of cases coming out for the DH61AG http://cache-www.intel.com/cd/00/00/...121_488121.pdf

Another that interests me more is the In-Win K1 HTPC. this is the best picture I've found to date http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=862&Itemid=46 I emailed In-Win to ask if they have any better pictures and if they could tell me when the case would become available and they told me "There will probably be an updated version sometime during march."
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I was looking forward to the updated PC-Q09 with 3.5" bay and 3x(!) 2.5" bay but the new one looks like a toaster oven. So i'll reserve further criticism until I see better pictures.
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