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Case Suggestions - Slim Mini ITX

ckolz

40 months ago

I am looking to build a computer for my grandparents, which will be relatively basic and rely on integrated graphics and use a stock cooler. I am looking for a case (mini ITX) to stand up on its side, similar to a Wii.

Here are some examples and potential candidates: (1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108196 ; (2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108485 ; (3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G28N6629 ; (4) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84D68918 ; (5) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163252

The smaller the better, but it must also have a slot for an optical drive. It does not need to come with a power supply, though that would help reduce cost for this budget build. All suggestions are welcome, but this is generally the style of case I am looking for, though I am open to other suggestions.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The RVZ01 is what I recommend.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any recommendations that include a 5.25" bay? I like the RVZ01 (my personal favorite from the list), but would need to use an external optical drive and purchase a power supply. If this case is that much better than the others out there, then I would be willing to do this though.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

but would need to use an external optical drive and purchase a power supply.

I would not recommend a case that comes with a PSU as their power supplies are usually junk. If the OD is really important, going to be used more than just installing OS, then I would go for the Antec or replace the PSU's on the Inwin cases. If you want the Inwin cases, I recommend the Chopin or the BP655(I have experienced this case) and replace their PSU's.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The RVZ01 has a slim slot-loading optical drive, wouldn't that work? Why do you need a full 5.25" bay?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think any of the In Win BP655 would be fine. This particular one comes with a 300W power supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84D68845

I would agree that a high end system would probably require a better PSU but I don't think that in this case it would not be bad. I know of a company that I once considered of buying a pre-built from and they are particular about what parts they use and I don't think they would still be in business if things were inferior. They use the In Win BP655 in their configurations. This is my opinion and other's mileage may vary.

In fact I'm in the process of putting a new system together to replace a 11 year old machine. The power supply in my current machine is a generic power supply and it has not failed in 11 years. Am I lucky? I don't know, maybe. Everyone has their opinion but there are machines that are still going strong with "so-called crappy" power supplies. Again my opinion.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm considering this combination with or without the upgraded PSU. Either that or I will go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84D68845

I don't see much difference between the two cases I posted in the links, aside from looks. This is for my grandparents and they like the plain black better... Also, I basically decided that the RVZ01 would be too expensive for this build given that the case is more expensive, I would need a PSU, and a slim slot optical drive.

Any thoughts?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how much room is available for the power supply in the In Win case but here is another good alternative for a replacement power supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151146&ignorebbr=1

EDIT: Sorry about the suggestion, checked out the specs on the case and it takes a TFX power supply so the one you have listed should be fine if you want to replace the power supply that comes with the case.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend replacing the power supply?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really a decision one has to make themselves. What would I do? I would probably replace it and keep the original as a spare in case the replacement fails or needs to be returned for warranty.

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