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 Post subject: looking for a silent ~20 litre case for mATX
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:06 am 
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Hi!
First post for me though I've been reading (and enjoying) articles and posts here for quite sometime.
I am about to build a new PC, which I want to make as quiet as I possibly can (I am currently working on a piece of s**t that sounds like I'm flying in a 747 and I can't stand this noise pollution anymore). My needs can basically be addressed with a mini-ITX case, both because of esthetics (the PC will stand on the desk in the living room) but also because I am not playing games and I don't need special cooling / GPU, so cases like the Lian Li PC-Q08 can be perfect for me (it can house enough HDDs and SDDs + normal size optical drive). I even found a noise dampening kit for it here http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... =CA-124-OP .
My only problem is that I really need esata on the mobo and I can't find any decent mini-ITX board that has one (in either 1155 or 1150 sockets), plus I want it to support 12 USB devices (2 and 3). mATX boards provide all this, but I can't find a small enough case (preferably shoe-box shape) that also seems to meet my noise (lack of...) expectations.

Any suggestions for either a small,quiet mATX case or a suitable mini-ITX with esata will be much appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: looking for a silent ~20 litre case for mATX
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:15 am 
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kufi wrote:
Any suggestions for either a small,quiet mATX case


I think that the smallest mATX case around is still the venerable Antec NSK3480 (about 24lt): out of the box it isn't quiet, but it can be made such, to the point to be inaudible (so it requires more money and/or some works).

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 Post subject: Re: looking for a silent ~20 litre case for mATX
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:25 am 
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This MSI board has an eSATA port. It also has an onboard wifi card, but I don't know if you are interested in that.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130742


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 Post subject: Re: looking for a silent ~20 litre case for mATX
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Asrock, Asus, Evga and MSi have mini ITX boards with eSata for socket 1155 and for socket 1150.

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 Post subject: Re: looking for a silent ~20 litre case for mATX
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:33 am 
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Thanks for the links! Got some reading to do but it seems like there is what to choose from after all :D


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 Post subject: Re: looking for a silent ~20 litre case for mATX
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or just use a SATA to eSATA Cable with Bracket or similar.

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 Post subject: Re: looking for a silent ~20 litre case for mATX
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:02 pm 
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kufi wrote:
plus I want it to support 12 USB devices (2 and 3).

How are you using that many USB devices / ports?


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