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Smallest size case a standard motherboard will fit in?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Teknobry, 8 May 2007.

  1. Teknobry

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 May 2007

    Posts: 1,687

    Location: Manchester. UK

    Pretty much got the spec together for a new pc, was going to put it in a shuttle but very limited by available motherboards. So, was thinking what is the smallest case available that can house a half decent core 2 duo motherboard?
    Needs enough room for a h/d, DVD drive, Geforce 8800 GTS and a CPU cooler.

    Reason I need it small is that it needs to be as portable as possible - lugging a big tower from house to car to hotel then back to the car then back home again every week would be a pain in the arse!
  2. Steeps


    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 5,267

    Location: Bedfordshire

    shuttles come with their own motherboards, PSU and cooling just to let you know. also with the amount of travelling/lugging why not get a half decent laptop, would be much easier :confused:
  3. m_cozzy


    Joined: 13 Nov 2005

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    Location: Havant

    sounds like you need an matx board, look at the silverstone sugo & the lian li range. I have just bought an abit f-i90hd board and am waiting on the sugo sg03 case to be released :)
  4. slap ed


    Joined: 14 Jan 2005

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    Location: swadlincote

    mountain mods bobslay case superb , i can fit full size atx mb and 8800 gts 3 hd's and full size psu . and because the mb is seperated from other components and lies horizontal i found my temps dropped quite a bit as well ,plus it has a carrying handle to boot. it measures h 305mm w 282mm d 373mm ,another plus was because off the size i can use noctua 800 rpm fans to keep everything cool which means the only audible noise is now my cpu fan (working on that one )
  5. p4radox


    Joined: 1 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,767

    Location: Prague

    You could get an mATX case like a Silverstone Sugo, and an mATX Core 2 Duo motherboard. The problem is that there are no mATX Core 2 Duo motherboards to match the overclocking potential of a full ATX board.

    You could go for a small full ATX case like a Lian Li V600, G50 or PC-A05. :)
  6. misterPK


    Joined: 18 Apr 2007

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    Location: Probably in a river somewhere

    If you're looking to use a non-stock CPU cooler, be carefull when looking at the G50 or V600, as the power supply is mounted right in the space that a big tower style cooler would take up.

    I have a G50 running with my old Athlon stock cooler, and thats about as tall as i'd want to go to keep a good airflow, but every now and then I find myself longing for quieter alternatives.... :rolleyes:

    That aside I just love the size and pure looks of the thing.

  7. MeatLoaf


    Joined: 1 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,281

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Antec Super Lanboy would be a good choice also uf you could find one. Fits a full sizes mobo and i had a 7900GTX in mine as well :)
  8. Teknobry

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    Joined: 1 May 2007

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    I looked into shuttles, but even the top of the range mobo for it doesn't support 800mhz ram which I've just bought :(

    I wouldn't want a 'half decent' laptop, I wanted one that would be good enough to rival a desktop, but they are just to expensive.

    Liking that super lanboy case! Trying to find one though isn't proving to easy...
  9. ColinR


    Joined: 30 Nov 2004

    Posts: 391

    Location: Herts. UK

    Keeping the cables tidy in a Super Lanboy can be a bit fiddly (to say the least), but it is lightweight.

    It comes with carry handles, but they're not worth the effort.