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As the title says I've been looking for a mini itx case that has a bluray slot and 1 2.5 drive bay. This will be a stand alone extender for a second room and want something thin and decent looking. I saw assassin's thin build and looks great but wish I could put a slim drive in it or something similar.

Most options have full 5.25 drive bay options which I am not against just don't see the need when a slim drive works for half the height. I like the looks of a lot of barebones and mini HTPC systems but again almost none of them have slim drives or the motherboard is cheap and I'd rather just but the case not the combo.[
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Not a bad choice. Thanks. I never thought to look at server chassis's plus I can't order or add it to my wishlist using iphone app for some reason.

Anyone have some possible flatter solutions? More along the size of a slim bluray player?

Just looking for a bunch of options is all.
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If you don't mind spending close to $400... http://www.origenae.co.kr/en/htpc_m10.htm

I haven't really checked through the thread but here is an itx thread
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1315402/unofficial-mini-itx-case-thread

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SilverStone PT12 with DQ77KB, instead of Lian Li PC-Q05.

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I have the origenae M10 and love it.

I also considered this:
http://www.shop.perfecthometheater.com/HTPC-ITX2-v2-Silver-Ultra-small-aluminum-chassis-HTPC-ITX2-v2-S.htm

(M10 is sold at the above shop as well)

I think Stardogchampion sells some case options that would work for you as well.
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I have the origenae M10 and love it.

I also considered this:
http://www.shop.perfecthometheater.com/HTPC-ITX2-v2-Silver-Ultra-small-aluminum-chassis-HTPC-ITX2-v2-S.htm

(M10 is sold at the above shop as well)

I think Stardogchampion sells some case options that would work for you as well.

They have some good prices on those hard to find items. Thanks for the link smile.gif

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Ill be buying the M10 in about 1-2months
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The m10 and the other cases are nice but holy expensive!! What can you do with all the screen outputs!!!

I'm looking sub $100 on the price tag for my case though.
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The Realan E-i7 has a slot-load ODD bay, room for 1 x 2.5" HDD/SDD and includes a PSU.



It's made by the same company as the Habey 800 linked above except it has much better ventilation.

If you don't mind silver, there's an eBay listing with v1.0 of the case (120W power board instead of 180W and no IR window).

It's shining diamond excellence.

renethx's post is about as thin as it gets.

 

 

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The m10 and the other cases are nice but holy expensive!! What can you do with all the screen outputs!!!

I'm looking sub $100 on the price tag for my case though.


I've been in the market for the same thing and the one I'm leaning to right now is this Morex 3388 -- http://www.mitxpc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=T3388150W It's not the thin mini form factor it sounds like you'd prefer but it's not one of those big chunky shoe boxes either and if you're trying to keep to a reasonable budget you then $49.95 w/PSU included is about as inexpensive as you're going to find.
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I've been in the market for the same thing and the one I'm leaning to right now is this Morex 3388 -- http://www.mitxpc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=T3388150W It's not the thin mini form factor it sounds like you'd prefer but it's not one of those big chunky shoe boxes either and if you're trying to keep to a reasonable budget you then $49.95 w/PSU included is about as inexpensive as you're going to find.

Wow I do really like that case. It might be a winner. I also found this one.

Morex Thin ITX Chassis No. 887

It is the perfect size for what I am looking for, but not sure on the mother board and CPU combination that will fit in it.
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Pretty expensive (?) with a very limited selection of components at MitxPC site. Can't you buy a case only?
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Ok so I am looking to see if this combination will work.

Case:
Silver-stone Tek Thin Mini-ITX Media Center for Intel DH61AG Mother Board with Slim ODD Bay Case http://amzn.com/B009FU2B5S

CPU:
Intel Core i3-3220T Dual-Core Processor 2.8 Ghz 3MB Cache LGA 1155
http://amzn.com/B0093H8JCM

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory
http://amzn.com/B006EWUOL8

Bluray:
Panasonic UJ240 6x Blu-ray Burner BD-RE/8x DVD±RW DL SATA Drive
http://amzn.com/B003AXW2YQ

Not sure if I need this connector -
StarTech.com Slimline SATA to SATA Adapter with Powerhttp://amzn.com/B002O1W6ZK

System total before OS and HDD which I already have is $350

My question is will the CPU, motherboard, and case all fit and work together? I can't seem to find anything saying it will. Or if I need a fan that I put next to the motherboard in the case.

I am looking to build something similar to this but with a differ motherboard and CPU. Otherwise this would be perfect and have the thin fans I am referring to.
Intel Thin Mini-ITX Home Theater PC w/ IR Remote, HTPC, DH61AG, Morex 887
http://amzn.com/B0087HWQC8
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Looks like this thermal pipe is needed as a cooler.

CPU Heatpipe:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835203012
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You identified correct components, except for a few: you still need a thin mini-ITX mb. GIGABYTE released three nice thin mini-ITX mb and I recommend one of them. You'd better choose i3-3225 instead of i3-3220T: there is no big difference in power consumption between them (0W at idle and video playback and at most 5W at heavy load) and the graphics of i3-3225 is much better. You will need a storage disc. As a thin mini-ITX mb supports mSATA, use it. You will need a 19V AC-DC adapter. So a complete list could be

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225
Cooler: Intel HTS1155LP
MB: GIGABYTE GA-B75TN (a lot cheaper than Intel DQ77KB)
Mem: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSK SO-DIMM DDR3-1600 CL9 2 x 4GB Kit, or whatever
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated in CPU)
SSD: Crucial m4 mSATA 64GB (or 128GB)
PSU: 19V 160W AC-DC adapter (any brand)
Case: SilverStone SST-PT12B
Slim BD drive: Panasonic UJ-240 with a slimline power cable adapter (SATA data cable is a normal one)
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You identified correct components, except for a few: you still need a thin mini-ITX mb. GIGABYTE released three nice thin mini-ITX mb and I recommend one of them. You'd better choose i3-3225 instead of i3-3220T: there is no big difference in power consumption between them (0W at idle and video playback and at most 5W at heavy load) and the graphics of i3-3225 is much better. You will need a storage disc. As a thin mini-ITX mb supports mSATA, use it. You will need a 19V AC-DC adapter. So a complete list could be

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225
Cooler: Intel HTS1155LP
MB: GIGABYTE GA-B75TN (a lot cheaper than Intel DQ77KB)
Mem: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSK SO-DIMM DDR3-1600 CL9 2 x 4GB Kit, or whatever
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated in CPU)
SSD: Crucial m4 mSATA 64GB (or 128GB)
PSU: 19V 160W AC-DC adapter (any brand)
Case: SilverStone SST-PT12B
Slim BD drive: Panasonic UJ-240 with a slimline power cable adapter (SATA data cable is a normal one)

Thanks I forgot to add the motherboard on that list. I was looking at the b75 and the h77 chipsets for the gigabyte boards. I read somewhere that it was unsure if the b75 chip set supported rapid start or not, but it seems gigabyte added that feature in.

Can anyone suggestion a mid to high quality PSU for this board?
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I've been using this Anker 19V 4.74A 90W 7.4mm x 5.0mm AC adapter for thin mini-ITX builds. It's a very nice aftermarket adapter. It's really all you need for a i3-3225 build with an SSD and slim ODD.

I really like the build you and renethx have come up with.

I am disappointed to see neither Gigabyte thin mini-ITX board comes with a full-sized IO shield. I have cases that really need boards like this with the on-board power and mSATA because they are only 7.75" x 7.75" x 2.17" but they still have a full sized IO shield opening in the back.

 

 

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Stardog thanks! I've read a ton of your posts for ideas for my HTPC builds.

Check out my final build and questions on the build and let me know what you think.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1465591/thin-mini-itx-htpc-with-bluray-build-final-review-and-questions#post_23135562
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