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I picked this idea up from a Reddit user and I am thankful that people try to think outside the box! (https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/8fvx5w/so_drunken_me_thought_a_atx_board_would_fit_into/?sort=new)

Always found ATX cases to be not very space efficient, so decided to use the Q300l to squeeze in a Z270 Motherboard together with the 7700k. It works only if you find a new spot for the PSU. In my case, I chosed an SFX-L PSU and screwed it into place. The case is really accommodating as it provides basically countless options to mount something in place inside or outside of it.

Pretty happy with it besides the back side of course. I will close the former PSU exit with something to only let the power cable come out.

For those wondering, the 300Watt is sufficient to run a GTX1060 together with the components shown. I tried that by pulling it out from my other system. Hooray for efficiency improvements in our hardware!

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

finally someone knows how to move text in ms paint

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for creativity.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so cool! +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. Great idea for the PSU placement.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very creative.

Almost looks like there is enough room for a full ATX power supply in there mounted the same way.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried and it works indeed. Though not ideal as it consumes quite a bit of space.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

What's the GPU

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a GTX 1060

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Zotac Mini 1060, yes

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

um wtf atx in a micro atx? very cool!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

this should be featured

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I'm thinking of doing the same since I saw the reddit post. How does the magnetic front dust panel fit with the screws holding the psu? Also, does those 2 fans at the bottom have regular thickness or are slim profile? Cheers

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Choose some screws with a low top profile and they are hardly been seen below the applied dust filter on the outside.

Those bottom fans are 2,5cm normal ones.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This guy is living in 3028.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback guys! Its a simple hack to a larger problem within the community, I feel. Many people are building simple builds with air cooling and not overly sized GPUs. For that, there are not many compact cases available. Shame, really.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with the cpu cooler height clearance? The case supports up to 158mm cpu cooler but i think that Hyper 212 is 160mm.

Cool ideas btw!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, fits nice and snugg. Just put it in, no problem

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently just tried to match a hyper 212 dual fan and it says its not compatible did you have a problem?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

See above> Nope, fits nice and snugg. Just put it in, no problem

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an awesome build and kudos for trying something different. I've been toying with this idea for a while. Fitting an ATX motherboard into that specific Q300L case. The PSU would be in the way but I was thinking that an SFX format plus a bracket would let the motherboard sit there snuggly. Do you think there's enough clearance at the original PSU spot if you use an ATX-SFX bracket? Have you tried it? Of course, you'd lose 1 or 2 PCI-E slot but I only need two slots anyway. My build would be for a Ryzen Threadripper 2990X build. Imagine 32 cores squeezed in that Q300L case! I don'd want to go for a big ATX case.

Anyway, any clues or advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

the ATX motherboard reaches almost the bottom of the case, it is unfortunate that it will work not with a SFX PSU in the normal position. Looking forward to your ideas building in this case. Its really a DIY dream that one.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think that with a SFX psu like the new evga 650GM and a atx to sfx adapter, you could mount the psu at the bottom and still have a atx motherboard? The SFX format is smaller in width and height so I would love to see someone try this.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, not possible. The Motherboard really touches the bottom of the inside of the case with no room for any kind of PSU.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

+1. I like this. I've been considering the upcoming Q500L. It'll have same dimensions as the Q300L. What appeals to me most is Q500L's ability to mount psu at the front of case. After seeing your build, and the open psu spacing... I think more efficient cooling can be achieved with the rear side of the case fan as an intake, and even using the free space of the pci slots to mount a fan to work as intake. Then mount exhaust fans opposite of the intakes. I think this concept would work.

I worry about cooling because I want to put hot components inside, but have read too much feedback about this case, in which the precut holes are a bit restrictive for fans to pull air through.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The Q500L indeed looks interesting. Just the same idea with a bracket for the PSU. The plethora of fan mounting options would make me think that cooling of hot components should be doable. However, see some of the recent Q500L videos (Gamers Nexus one in particular), its not as easy as you think.

Happy building

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how was the clearance with the hyper 212? I have the hyper 212 RGB black edition and I am looking to do a case swap into this case. but id like to use my CPU cooler and put the window on. only asking because the window wasn't on the case in any of the pictures.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Works no problem at all with the 212. Happy building!