"Small" ATX HTPC case?

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"Small" ATX HTPC case?

Postposted on Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:57 pm

Hi Gerbils,

I see a lot of smaller form factor motherboard cases for HTPC. But I was hoping to be able to put existing components from my secondary PC into a smaller case.

Basically, I'm wondering if there's any good, ideally affordable ($40-80) ATX cases that still have a bit of a living room styling to them? Something kind of like a BitFenix prodigy or another somewhat cube-like case but the ability to have full motherboard.

Currently these parts reside in an Antec 900 that stands on the floor next to my TV stand (Ikea Expedit shelf but on the ground sideways so as to be wide and not tall) but I would like something that ideally would fit inside one of the square Expedit shelves.

Shelf height and width:
Width: 12 ½ " 32 cm
Height: 12 ½ " 32 cm
Depth: 13 ¾ " 35 cm

Fitting inside the depth is not that important as there is probably 4 inches between the shelf and the wall.

Specs:
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EVGA P55 FTW
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Hyper 212 EVO
2 x 8gb CL10 GSkill 1600
GTX 670
Xonar DG (kind of not needed because audio over HDMI, but hey it was $20)
WD 640 GB Caviar HDD
DVD drive (Can prob live without it since I have PS3 for Blu Ray)

Any suggestions?
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Re: "Small" ATX HTPC case?

Postposted on Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:07 pm

Cooler Master Elite 361 is the smallest ATX case that I know of. It's also at the bottom of your budget. You'll have to remove the hdd cage (unless your GTX 670 is less than 8.9" long), mount the hdd in the slot above the PSU, and probably velcro your ssd to where the top of the drive cage used to be or the bottom of the case.
I think you're going to have a hard time with the width measurements of that hole using an ATX mobo/case. Your mobo is 12" long by itself. Any case has to have some additional length (height) to provide workable area inside which is going to exceed your 12.5" limitation.
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Re: "Small" ATX HTPC case?

Postposted on Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:20 pm

I think you're out of luck with a full size ATX board. If you can find a cheap mATX or mITX motherboard for your CPU, that's probably your next best bet. Otherwise you'll be replacing a lot more.
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Re: "Small" ATX HTPC case?

Postposted on Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:00 pm

A full-size ATX case isn't going to fit into your 12½" (317½ mm) width. An ATX motherboard is 12" wide by itself.
Grandia GD03 is 425 mm (16.7") wide, for example.
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Re: "Small" ATX HTPC case?

Postposted on Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:50 pm

I thought it might be a bit of the squeeze. I just thought by some magic there might be a way to pull it off.

I was just hoping to make the PC fit in to the living room a bit better, not so much for my benefit but for the wife.

It doesn't really stick out too much or bother me, but having a sleek HTPC is something I would like but not really something I would bother putting much money into (i.e. new motherboard).

The main nuisance this PC has is that the PNY GTX 670 is annoyingly loud when idle. Tweaking the fan profile in PrecisionX doesn't really seem to do anything. Not sure how it compares to a 290 or 290x, but it is loud as hell compared to the EVGA GTX 670 FTW edition in my main rig. Cant' wait to upgrade my main GPU, relegate the EVGA to the living room, and get rid of the PNY.

Thanks nonetheless, esteemed gerbils!
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