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!