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FreeKnight April 29, 2010 11:24 AM

Good case for portable mATX build
Hey Everyone,

One of the guys at my work wants a new PC that he can bring between the field and home on a regular basis. He doesn't want to go with a laptop but still wants it to be portable. We have monitors at the field office and he's got some at home too, so I was thinking of a mATX build. Any recommendations for a good, light mATX case, slim or mini, maybe with a handle?

Price isn't much of an issue (barring spending like $400 which would be silly for a work case). Airflow would be nice too, though I'm well aware that can be pushing it with an mATX case. Something like the APEX TX-381 Newegg.com - APEX TX- 381 Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX12V 300W Power Supply might work, preferably without a crappy PSU included though :D

Any help would be really appreciated. I'm thinking of going the HTPC case route if all else fails, since he might want to hook it up to his living room tv for blurays on occasion.

ilya April 29, 2010 11:45 AM

Would a LAN party case be inappropriate? There are a few that are pretty durable with good airflow:
Apevia Qpack- the cheaper one, heard bad things about the included PSUs though, some have a front collapsible handle
Thermaltake Lanbox- there's a version of this with a nice sturdy handle on top, which is something I think your co-worker will want, good airflow, but a bit on the expensive side although under $200 with no PSU
NZXT Vulcan- I'm not sure if this is released yet, but if you can find it, it should be pretty good for your purposes, doesn't come with a PSU, but has pretty much all the features you would want in a LAN box, which should serve your purpose fairly well.

FreeKnight April 29, 2010 01:25 PM

The Lanbox is a great idea. Thanks!
I'm also looking at the Silverstone Sugo SG04.
NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Sugo SG04B-BH Black SFF mATX Case 1X5.25 1X3.5 2X3.5INT No PS W/ Front USB 1394 Audio - SG04B-FH In Canada.
anyone have any experience with it. I really like the quality of Silverstone cases, don't know as much about Thermaltake, but they seem pretty good from what I've read.

ilya April 29, 2010 05:16 PM

If you can fit your hardware in it, go for the Sugo 4.
Do note, its really small and cramped to work in and there's no almost no clearance between a stock cpu cooler and the PSU.

ZZLEE April 29, 2010 05:21 PM

Take a look
Lian Li NCIX.com - Buy LIAN-LI PC-C32B Black Aluminum ATX Desktop Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT No PS USB Firewire Audio - PC-C32B In Canada.

Can take full ATX 7 slots

Good air flow:biggrin:

shaw April 29, 2010 05:37 PM


Originally Posted by ilya (Post 370554)
If you can fit your hardware in it, go for the Sugo 4.
Do note, its really small and cramped to work in and there's no almost no clearance between a stock cpu cooler and the PSU.

Built an i5 rig for a customer of mine using the Sugo 4, with a Corsair H50 inside. Tight fit, but managed to install a Vertex SSD, a 1 Tb Black and a DVD burner. Nice little rig for someone on the go. I did use the Silverstone PSU with shorter cables.

mo' power April 29, 2010 05:48 PM

This is a nice little case as well.

NCIX.com - Buy AeroCool M-40 Black mATX Cube Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 2X3.5INT No PS LCD Display Front USB & Sound - M40-BK In Canada.

Keltron 3030 April 30, 2010 11:51 AM

take a look at DA BOX Da Box 100: Ultimate Micro ATX gamer case

mATX, super portable, and fits full length GPU's and tower style heatsinks

Artel May 8, 2010 12:38 PM

The Apevia Qpack is actually quite easy to work with for a small case. Never did like the Sugo's ;/

Piderman November 8, 2010 07:45 PM

You should have a fine time with basically any case i currently have the thermalright lanbox windowed and i have 2x 480s 2 kingston ssd 128gb 2tb wd and a dvd burner
i would certainly recommend this case

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