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What is the smallest form factor case that can house a standard ATX mobo?

#1TehPwnzererPosted 10/29/2013 7:39:02 PM
I'm all about maxing out as much performance in as little room as I can because I don't like wasted space. For this reason, I thought many times about going mitx for my build but most of the options for cases ended up cubic which didn't save much space width wise at all and for the value of having the option to throw in another gpu down the road to extend the performance of my machine, couple with the fact that an mitx mobo isn't significantly cheaper than a standard atx mobo, I saw it as a waste. So can someone recommend a really tight form factor case that doesn't take up a third of my desk space and still contain as many opportunities as a full tower? I thought about the bitfenix shadow but want some recommendations from you guys. Anything from Corsair or cooler master that would fit the bill?
#2CardigansFanPosted 10/29/2013 8:07:09 PM
There's a few really small ones, but for most of them, you'll be dealing with making sure the power supply and/or graphics card isn't too long, or issues with proper ventilation (sometimes because there aren't even enough places for additional fans).

This one is neat since you can mount a monitor on it as well:
(still available for sale elsewhere)

This one has severe PSU/GPU limitations:

Fairly standard case that just isn't too big:

This Lian-Li case is pretty nice, but limits SLI/CFX options with longer GPU's:

Updated design with a little more GPU space:

Wide case, but small overall:
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#3PraetorXynPosted 10/29/2013 10:44:02 PM
There are these concepts called "terrible airflow" and "huge pain in the ass to work in" that you might want to look into first.
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