I liked the small loaf-of-bread mini-ITX sized cases but was really concerned with the design where they place the DVD/BR drive and powersupply directly on the CPU heatsink and fan (that arrangement just destroys airflow). So I was searching for alternatives that had some room to breathe.
I don't think this one has been discussed thus far.
The In-Win BP655 it is a mini-ITX case with a 200w PSU and sells for about $50. (for $10 more you can get it with a 300w PSU)
It is 3.9"high x 10.4"wide x 12.2"long and it has an 80mm case fan, you can fit a full size DVD/BlueRay drive as well as a regular 3.5" HDD (and even an optional second 3.5" HDD). This will replace my AT&T-Uverse DVR just fine.
The smaller units had restrictions to laptop sized 2.5" HDDs and only slim DVD/BR drives but these were compromises I would rather avoid.
*The difference between a slim DVD/BlueRay and a regular one can be $50 or more, so by having the ability to use a standard size ODD is like getting the case for free.
** Since you can use a standard 3.5" HDD (I went with a Samsung 2TB) instead of a 2.5" 500GB laptop drive, like the more cramped cases require, you pay the same price for a drive but you get 4x the storage.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-196-_-Product
My case and HDD just arrived and I am pleased.
Now I'm just waiting for the Sandy Bridge i3s to be released in Feb to get on with this build.