I'm putting together a retro 'Doom' machine, like a had back in '94 - just because.....
The only difference is that this time I don't want it in a case the size of an aircraft carrier and sounding like a hovercraft !
My Baby AT form factor motherboard is a Shuttle HOT 433 that measures 22cm x 26cm.
From my initial research into the various form factor cases I reckon that my mb will fit in 'some' Micro-ATX cases.
I believe I can resolve the power supply issue by using an ATX PSU with a conversion connector to the old AT style power connectors. I obviously can't use the ATX power switch (since they're a momentary style, not the make/break needed for cutting the power to my Baby At mb) but I'm not going to bother with a front mounted switch. Instead I reckon I can just use the power switch on the PSU itself to switch the machine on/off. As such I'm trying to avoid 'front-mounted' PSU's as this would mean I can't physically reach the on/off switch on the PSU and would have to switch it off at the mains (not the end of the world but something I'd rather avoid).
The other issue I have is alignment/availability of the PCI slots vs the slots in a Micro ATX case. Micro ATX cases typically seem to have 4 available slots on the back, which will align with my mb's ISA slots but have no slots where my mb's PCI slots are. I reckon a PCI riser card/cable arrangement will enable me to use either one of the four adjacent case slots or possibly one of the horizontal slots that some of the Micro-ATX cases have.
So, having resolved all the above issues.......
...it seems to boil down to whether I can physically fit my 22cm x 26cm Baby AT mb into the Micro ATX case.
This can be hard to determine from the reviews (funnily they never test Baby AT mb compatibility
Cases I've considered so far that seem to fit the bill (assuming the mb fits) include:
- Aerocool Dead Silence Cube
- Antec Minuet 350 Slimline
- Silverstone Milo ML03B Slim HTPC
BitFenix Phenom MATX Cube looks nice but doesn't seem to have any externally opening bays.
Oh and I need a bay for a floppy drive too (for loading DOS
) and a 5 1/4" cd bay.
Any advice/thoughts anyone can offer ? (ignoring the 'why ?' questions
Thanks in advance,