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Mini-ITX Ideas

piasabird

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http://www.electrocave.com/home/projects/2-5-inch-hard-drive-in-a-pci-slot

This guy had an idea. Some cases have one or two slot bays. If you had a hard drive or SSD you could mount it on a PCI/PCI Express Slot bracket.

I also thought that a Power supply is a huge waste of space in a small case. So I came up with two alternatives. One would be to use a Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard which uses an external power brick via 19v power to the Motherboard. Another solutions would be to go with about a 160-200 w max output Small plug-in power supply. Would you use a 160 watt power supply?

Examples: http://www.mini-box.com/site/index.html

http://www.mini-box.com/M350-universal-mini-itx-enclosure

http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-160-XT

They had some other interesting stuff like a DC-DC power Adapter and a UPS that both had a USB control interface. They also have some nice cables and adapter plugs.
 

piasabird

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I dont have a site, I dont own a site, I dont run a site, and I dont work for a site. So does everyone else work for Newegg? Just because I was interested in Mini-ITX I went to some Mini-ITX sites. I think some people have tunnel vision and all they know is Newegg. Really need some information on other websites. I think big boxey cases are so wasteful. Have pity on the landfills.
 
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pkscout

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I dont have a site, I dont own a site, I dont run a site, and I dont work for a site. So does everyone else work for Newegg? Just because I was interested in Mini-ITX I went to some Mini-ITX sites. I think some people have tunnel vision and all they know is Newegg. Really need some information on other websites. I think big boxey cases are so wasteful. Have pity on the landfills.
I don't think the moderator was talking about your original post. I think he was talking about what echosmartpc posted (which apparently included links to his own site, and that's what was redacted in the post).
 

AkumaX

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http://www.electrocave.com/home/projects/2-5-inch-hard-drive-in-a-pci-slot

This guy had an idea. Some cases have one or two slot bays. If you had a hard drive or SSD you could mount it on a PCI/PCI Express Slot bracket.

I also thought that a Power supply is a huge waste of space in a small case. So I came up with two alternatives. One would be to use a Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard which uses an external power brick via 19v power to the Motherboard. Another solutions would be to go with about a 160-200 w max output Small plug-in power supply. Would you use a 160 watt power supply?

Examples: http://www.mini-box.com/site/index.html

http://www.mini-box.com/M350-universal-mini-itx-enclosure

http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-160-XT

They had some other interesting stuff like a DC-DC power Adapter and a UPS that both had a USB control interface. They also have some nice cables and adapter plugs.
If I could start over on my WIP Mini-ITX build, I would have chosen thin ITX solely for the integrated 19v barrel connector

Instead of using a 2.5" HDD/SSD, look into the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD and dissect it

Actually, I think some thin ITX mobos have a mSATA slot, so you could use that space instead

Use Samsung Low Profile / Low Voltage DDR3, its awesome ;)
 

ecosmartpc

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I dont have a site, I dont own a site, I dont run a site, and I dont work for a site. So does everyone else work for Newegg? Just because I was interested in Mini-ITX I went to some Mini-ITX sites. I think some people have tunnel vision and all they know is Newegg. Really need some information on other websites. I think big boxey cases are so wasteful. Have pity on the landfills.
You'll have to look in Assassin's hardware guide then. He has some good mini-ITX selections there.

There's a mini-ITX HTPC case thread here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1315402/unofficial-mini-itx-case-thread (reading back to front might be a good idea).

XBMC hardware forums have lots of folks talking about mini-ITX as well.
 
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ecosmartpc

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Oh, and another fun way to find mini-ITX case idea is to Google "itx case" and then look at the image results. You can see what you might like, easier than pouring through text search results. I do it all the time :).
 

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