Have you looked at the APEVIA X-QPACK2. It is an aluminum Micro-ATX case that comes with a handle and it takes a standard sized PSU. It even features a slide out motherboard tray to make it easy to work on. You don't see those much anymore. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811144140
The standard PSU isn't the greatest. You can replace that with a Seasonic modular PSU and it works great.
" This case CAN fit an HD5870, something many of its much bigger, much heavier, and more expensive brothers can't do. Looking at the remaining space, it looks like an HD5970 could fit as well, because the power connectors are on the top edge of the card, not the front edge."
"Case fans are quiet and are of the 4-pin molex variety (buy 3-pin adapters to connect to motherboard chassis fan headers)."
"Actually very roomy for a mATX case. Room enough for 3 HDDs if you only use a single optical. One of the few mATX cases you can get with a single 120mm fan (lower frequency sound is *considerably* less aggravating than the whine of 40mm fans). Multiple 5.25 bays allow for a fan controller/LCD display as well as an optical - hard to find in mATX."
"VERY IMPORTANT IS THAT THE CPU FAN IS LIMITED TO 75MM IN HEIGHT."Scythe Scythe Kozuti = 40mm
Zalman CNPS8700 = 67mm
Prolimatech Samuel 17, with a 25 mm thick fan, the heatsink is 71 mm tall
"SFF, Micro ATX. All metal no stupid cheap plastic. No silly see through panels. 120mm rear fan (included). Comes with a power supply (regular sized ATX not some custom underpowered small job). Light weight. Carrying handle (that retracts!!!). Front ports. No front panel door and keys! (those are sooo useless) Add a memory card reader (with or without floppy) to the front 3.5 slot. Inexpensive! No stupid flashy colors and lights (but you can buy them)"
"For 15 yrs I have used EVERY SFF and HTPC case out there. This case comes the CLOSEST to what I have been looking for. "
" I have used over 20 of these and they all fit together well if you take your time and have some skill. Airflow is MORE than adequate for the non-overclocker or mild over-clocker. "
"This has the best layout LAN case on the market.. It would corner the market with either with a set of options or a mild rework by Apevia. Apevia kudos on a fine layout. Apevia did a remarkable job on compacting the layout to a maximum amount."
"CPU temperature gauge hasn't crossed 40C (e6750 at stock), 7900GS <=50C. All areas accessible."
"Nice, compact form factor -- fits where others won't. Two temperature gauges included. Pleasing styling -- it doesn't look like it was designed by a 13 year old. Even my wife likes the looks of it. Quiet as a church mouse, even with 5 fans (2 case, CPU, PS, video card), and I DO mean quiet, as in barely audible. Excellent cooling -- CPU runs at 26C to 38C depending on work load; HD runs at 28C to 32C. Length will accommodate most power supplies and video cards. Light weight. Slide out MB tray. PS included, although to me it was a con as I bought a better PS. Exceptionally good 10 page manual, complete with 31 color photos."
"I have owned the Gen 1 version of this case for over 6 years and have been extremely pleased with it. I probably would have used it again except this Gen 2 case is 1" longer, which helps accommodate larger power supplies and longer video cards, and the cooling has been improved with added vents and an additional case fan. "
"It stays very cool and hides very easily. The fans are barely noticible unless you listen for them."
"I’ve been running this for a year and have been inside the case several times. It still looks like new and was almost silent until I added a 6600GT. I used a FanMate for the 120mm rear fan and I can’t even hear it running, and it still cools well even with the rear fan undervolted. My working case temp is usually around 30C."
"Overall, I have been pleased with the case. I installed a Zalman CNPS7700 CPU fan "
"Slide out tray for installing motherboard. Not deep at all - most desktop cases are too deep to use for an HTPC in my component shelves. The front LCD for temperature are nice. Carrying handle seems sturdy enough for me. Can fit full-height PCI cards (many HTPC solutions cannot). Comes with PSU and case fan. Front USB, audio and firewire were a cinch to hookup to the motherboard. Very easy to install components in - the first time at least. Power supply has lots of connectors, even SATA ones with no adaptor needed."
"With the 120mm fan blowing out, the psu's fan barely exhausts any air. I suggest turning the 120mm fan to blow into the case. Make sure you install the processor and ram before locking the motherboard tray in, it's a pain otherwise."