Some lunatic wrote: There are some good small micro-ATX cases that will still accept large gaming graphics cards. I believe that Silverstone offers the best compact cases. For micro-ATX, I'm very satisified with the excellent cooling in the Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E. The Rosewill Line-M is a bit smaller. The Sugo SG10 is a marvel of compactness. If you're looking for a horizontal case to fit into your media center, consider the Grandia GD05.
$50 Rosewill Line-M micro-ATX mini-tower case
$100 or $110 Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E micro-ATX mini-tower case
$95 or $105 -10MIR Silverstone Grandia GD05 micro-ATX HTPC media center case
$116 or $130 Silverstone Sugo SG10 micro-ATX SFF cube case
+ $42 pack
Some lunatic further wrote: Mini-ITX BitFenix Prodigy = 32.6 liters
Mini-ITX Silverstone SUGO SG08 = 14.8 liters
Micro-ATX Silverstone SUGO SG10 = 23.0 liters
Micro-ATX Rosewill Line-M = 27 liters
Micro-ATX SUGO SG04-FH = 28.9 liters (including handle)
Micro-ATX Temjin TJ08-E: 30.2 liters
Micro-ATX Fractal Designs Arc Mini = 40.9 liters
Micro-ATX Corsair Obsidian 350D = 41.7 liters
ATX Rosewill LINE Glow = 35.6 liters
That wacky lunatic wrote: Some of the really compact cases like the Sugo SG10 require that you use a slot-load slim optical drive since they lack half-height 5¼" drive bays. Slim-line optical drives aren't too hard to find and they won't break the bank. These laptop-oriented drives do tend to be a bit slower than regular half-height drives.
$59 or $98 Slim SATA tray-load Blu-ray burner
or $148 Slim SATA slot-load Blu-ray burner
or $29 Slim SATA tray-load DVD burner
or $69½ Slim SATA slot-load DVD burner
$9 Slim SATA to desktop SATA data+power adapter
Some lunatic also wrote: What motherboard features do you want that would help us differentiate between one of these Z87 micro-ATX options?
$210 Asus Maximus VI Gene
$208 Gigabyte GA-G1.Sniper M5
$173 ASRock Z87M OC Formula
$170 Asus Gryphon Z87
$140 Asus Z87M-Plus
$131 ASRock Z87M Extreme4
$125 Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H
$113 MSI Z87M-G43
$105 ASRock Z87M Pro4
NovusBogus wrote:I will need one 5.25" slot, two 3.5" slots and clearance for a normal-length GPU. Would prefer an all-metal finish if possible. The Silverstone Sugo SG101B comes closest to what I'm looking for.
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