View Full Version : A question for computer builders

12-12-2008, 01:36 PM
I'm looking for a case and can't find the one I want. Maybe it doesn't exist.

I want to build a small, cheap, quiet computer. Low/spec is fine, and in fact preferable due to lower heat and space requirements. Mini-ITX seems to make the most sense, and Intel is a BIG plus since I know the chipset will be linux-friendly. I'm looking at this:


VGA comes built in, I have a drive I'll use, I can get memory on the cheap, and I have a screen. What I need is a case. I don't need an optical drive... in fact I'd prefer it NOT have an optical drive. I'd much rather get the smallest case I can find. Does anyone know where to get a cheap mini-ITX case with a power supply but without room for an optical drive?

12-12-2008, 01:39 PM
I'd hoped to be sub-$100, but that dream is dead and gone. Board/processor is $80, ram is $10. Case should be sub-$50. I shouldn't need anything else.

duke dynamite
12-12-2008, 03:00 PM
Why do you not want an optical drive? I know you can install OSes on a computer using a flash drive, but I would at least reccomend getting a USB optical drive.

12-12-2008, 05:04 PM
Why do you not want an optical drive?
Don't want it, don't need it, wouldn't be able to use it anyway (since the computer itself is going to be tucked away), don't want to pay for it, don't want to hear it, don't want an extra potential point of failure.

The point is to make a small, easily-cooled, low-power, low-noise box.

I know you can install OSes on a computer using a flash drive, but I would at least recommend getting a USB optical drive.
Your recommendation is noted.

12-13-2008, 10:24 AM
Best I've found so far is this one that has only one CD drive:


12-13-2008, 09:51 PM
I've been pretty happy with the Shuttle barebones systems. As far as small form factor PCs go.

Could be a little pricier than what you are currently looking at, though. I'm not sure what they have in the 'Atom' processor category.

12-13-2008, 11:03 PM
Well this looks pretty interesting... what do you guys think?


It's a little bigger than a sheet of paper (11.8x9.5) and 2 inches thick. Needs ram and a drive and it's good to go. More expensive than I'd like, but workable.

I'm strongly pondering buying some weird box at Ikea and modding it into a case. We'll see.

12-14-2008, 03:54 AM
how about this

12-14-2008, 11:35 PM
Hmm, that's pretty good, although all of the reviewers say the PSU needs replacing.

I'm seriously considering buying one of these and modding my own case:


Although this case looks pretty decent:


8x9 inches, 2 inches tall. Not bad.