I am new here, and I am looking for advice.
I would like to build a system based on a Micro ATX motherboard (namely, Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH ), and not much else.
If possible, I would like to use a passive, external, power-brick - style CPU.
I don't need any ODD.
I don't want any video card. (The one in the CPU will be just fine for what I need.)
I only need space for one 2.5" SSD.
I would like to use some slim, low-profile cooling solution. (I am going to use a CPU with 45W TDP.)
I am searching for a case that is as small as possible.
Since the motherboard is 9.6" x 9.6", (245mm x 245mm)
I am thinking of something of dimensions like 10" x 10" x 3" (254 x 254 x 72 mm) or so.
( ~ 5l of volume.)
Or maybe 10" x 10" x 4" ...
I tried to look, but I could not find any Micro ATX cases in that kind of form factor.
There are some Mini ITX cases, but I want to use a Micro ATX motherboard.
(As far as I can tell, nobody has released Mini ITX motherboards with Thunderbolt ports yet.)
I considered Intel NUC and Shuttle's offering, but none of them offered 3-monitor support, which is required for me.
(Hence the choice of motherboard.)
The best match I have found so far is the Silverstone LC19, which is 15.3" x 13.7" x 2.6".
This is how it looks like, with a uATX motherboard installed:
As you can see, it has way too much wasted empty space inside. (That's why it's 15.3" x 13.7", instead of 10" x 10" )
Could you please help me find a suitable case?