Having just finished getting my tower as quiet as I like a month ago, I have decided that I don't like how big it is (Antec P150). I will be going back to school soon and will most likely be in an itty bitty apartment where space (even perceived space) will be at a premium. Listed below are all the components that I would like to fit into a smaller, preferably SFF case if possible. I of course want it as quiet as I can get it (near silence from my P150), and not melt everything.
Q6600 G0 stepping
4x1 gb ddr2 ram (gskill with heat spreaders)
4850 with an accelero 1 rev 2
200gb samsung hdd
and a yet to be determined BD rom drive (recommendations welcome).
I also have a silverstone strider 700w psu that has been modded with a 120mm slipstream that I can use in a case that takes fullsized psus
I have toyed with the idea of going mini-itx with a zotac 9300 board, but I am not sure if any mini-itx cases would accomodate a modded full sized video card. I would love to be proved wrong though
For matx, I like the look of the Silverstone SG01, but have read of heat problems or noise problems when using 3 80mm fans.
I am happy to try a shuttle if there is one that can accomdate my accelero and it can be made very quiet.
This will be on my desktop so I am looking for the smallest footprint I can fit my stuff into.
I am thinking of a budget of about $250 for the new mobo, heatsink, and case. I might skip the BD drive for now to keep costs down.
I would appreciate any feedback you guys can give!
edit: I probably won't be gaming too much so I would consider dropping down in grade on my video card. I will be encoding and decoding HD movies, and photoshop/3d design work primarily so I may start off with onboard video to see if that cuts it for me. If needed I can look for a factory quiet/silent card that meets my needs. I would still prefer for my case to be able to accommodate a full sized card if possible.