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I've been trying to search on google for a while to no avail...

I would like the absolute smallest case possible with a Micro-ATX form factor.

Any ideas?

I checked on assassins blog and that's just not small enough.
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If you want a truely small case you may have to be willing to make some minor case mods such as removing the PSU and replacing it with a Pico PSU.

I built a system using the Cooler Master Elite 100 Mini-ITX, this case actually holds a mATX board once you remove the provided PSU.

I built another system using a Raidmax mini-ITX/mATX case that also required removing the PSU and replacing it with a PicoPSU. This case also required flipping it from vertical to horizontal and adding some stick on feet.
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I'd like a case the size of an Xbox.. These are too wide
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I'd like a case the size of an Xbox.. These are too wide

I too was shopping around for months looking at every possible mATX case trying to find the smallest possible. I settled on the the Silverstone ML03B (Same case that rickcfer posted a link for). This was quite honestly the BEST decision I could have made and have now replaced all of the HTPC's in the house using this case.

When coupled with a low profile CPU cooler ( I have one from Cooler Master) and a SSD hard drive, this PC is nearly dead silent!!
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I'd start by looking at Silverstone - small and high quality. I suppose there could be other smaller options, but quality is something too.
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I'd like a case the size of an Xbox.. These are too wide

In that case you should be looking at miniITX case's and motherboards.

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Have a look at the Realan mini-ITX cases at the end of Assassin's hardware guide. They are high-quality and the size you're looking for.

 

 

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What are your requirements? Because you mention an Xbox, I am wondering if this is going to be a dual-purpose HTPC/gaming rig? Unfortunately, there are not great m-ITX cases like we have in some pre-built machines.

Currently, I don't think there is anything smaller than the Falcon Northwest Tiki, or the DigitalStorm Bolt as far as high-end gaming is concerned. At the mid-range, there is also the Alienware X51.

If you are just looking for an all-in-one HTPC, I don't think there are any better options than the Mac Mini, unfortunately. Everything else seems to have a huge power brick rather than an integrated power supply - though the Mini now lacks an optical drive, which can be a nuisance depending on your needs.


It's too bad that a lot of manufacturers are stuck thinking about the traditional PC tower/desktop form factors, when there could be much better use of the space if they considered using a "non-standard" layout.
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It'll be just for movies and other video. no gaming. Entirely sick of my Xbox, it sounds like a jet engine. If I didn't have a spare mobo and chip, I'd think about the echo....


Don't really care about a power brick (pico psu) as long as it's small.
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If I didn't have a spare mobo and chip, I'd think about the echo....

So you already have a motherboard and CPU and you're trying to find a case for it? That would be helpful info to divulge when asking for suggestions. Which motherboard and CPU?

 

 

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So you already have a motherboard and CPU and you're trying to find a case for it? That would be helpful info to divulge when asking for suggestions. Which motherboard and CPU?

I thought that was implied in the original post.

ASRock B75M-DGS
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I like those "In wins"!
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Haven't used either of these Apex micro-ATX HTPC cases but they're about as small as it gets and get decent reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154062
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154087

 

 

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If you can wait a better solution the NUC is in the pipe from Gigabyte. Features USB 3 and models with core i3, i5, and i7. Plus it comes with a power cord.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Gigabyte-Brix-ZBOX-nano-mini-PC-HTPC,22017.html
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I'd like a case the size of an Xbox.. These are too wide

Dell has sales all the time on Refurb X51. Check their outlet store and look for coupons on Slickdeals. I have seen it as low as $400 with an i7, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray, and a discrete GPU. I don't think you could even build a machine with those parts for that cheap. About the same size as a 360. They were overpriced when they first came out but the Outlet models are a steal IMO.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/3/2768359/alienware-x51-review



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There are several In Win BL-Series microATX cases of 365mm width.

BL040
BL672
BL631
BL641
BL647

Where do you get the iR sensors for those cases? I haven't seen one for sale, been scouring the internet for DAYS. Particularly the BL040.
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inteset.com has an IR receiver specifically designed for ASRock CIR motherboards (that supports power on from S5; case mode required, of course).

Or ASRock Smart Remote, easy to attach.
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Hmm...

The In Wins say that they actually have a iR sensor for their case, or at least the BL040.

I'm calling. Will post results back.

I just want a small adapter, I don't even care if it sticks out the USB port, but not something that has a 20' cord attached to it like the one from MS..

I have a harmony remote already programmed, so I don't even care about the remote control.
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Dell has sales all the time on Refurb X51. Check their outlet store and look for coupons on Slickdeals. I have seen it as low as $400 with an i7, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray, and a discrete GPU. I don't think you could even build a machine with those parts for that cheap. About the same size as a 360. They were overpriced when they first came out but the Outlet models are a steal IMO.

Are you sure that wasn't an un-honored price mistake? I'd be on that like white on rice
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I snagged a genuine MS USB iR adapter that I know works with my Harmony for $1.04 on ebay
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A huge THANK YOU again to renethx. That inwin case was perfect..


I figured I'd thank you publicly this time.
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