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    Wiggo – I take it for granted that he is looking for a small portable unit. These micro and flex ATX units are more powerful and upgradeable and dependable that laptops, plus they are cheaper and easier to fix too. Standard form factor ATX desktop units are too heavy and large for frequent relocating. So isn’t he looking in the right direction?

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    CT_ - I have been looking at these units myself for the last several weeks. The shuttle is a flex ATX form factor (guessing it’s MB footprint is about 5x7.5 inches), and has a slightly premium price for it’s smaller package, but it is very small for being an ATX derivative. The micro ATX motherboard footprint is 9.6 x 9.6 inches and has three PCI slots and an AGP slot. I’m probably going to make my own cube by buying a micro ATX mother board and case, and then simply take the PS and motherboard back-plate and rear face plate and front lights and switches etc., and remount them all in my own skeleton cube created by lightweight angled aluminum and parts off the old case.

    I already bought several 8” “L” aluminum angle rods from the local hardware store, a riveting gun, and soon I hope to have a very light and small micro machine suited up with a full wattage power supply which would allow for the high wattage video cards and something like chicken wire for the sides, flat metal on top. I’ll probably just place a small room fan beside it when it’s on.

    - Or – (smile), I might just buy a case like the one just shown and remove the sides and bottom to make lighter and improve ventilation, and replace them with some sort of wire mess for protection (say 1/4 - 1” squares or so). I will be changing it’s location a lot, so I probably will add some kind of shock-absorber rubber-cushion corner protectors.

    I'm a truck driver who likes to do remote internet, bible study, gaming and other such portable things. I can't wait to have a small but powerful portable PC.

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    Does anyone know how to get ahold of that corner slanted Micro ATX case pictured above?

    I am very interested in getting it. I know that I saw it once before somewhere, but as Murphy's law would have it, I can't find it now. :shrug:

    Thanks!

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    I tried PM'ing WordBiker, but that function did not work for me, so I'll try posting again, even though that has not worked for me either.

    Word Biker – I would really like to know the make and model of the case you submitted on the
    “Hardware discussion” forum,
    “What should I buy” sub-forum,
    “mirco-atx systems” thread.

    I would like to have such a case for myself and I asked you about it on that thread. I tried right clicking the graphic to see what you named it, and sure enough, the maker seemed to be named InWin, BUT I haven’t been able to find that model by searching on Google and Yahoo, etc.

    I’d like to know it’s dimensions and (approx) weight, and size of the power supply?

    Thanks for your time!

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    It's an In-Win Micro ATX model # IW-T515P The first link is where I bought it, the second the manufacturer's site.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...WIN+IW%2DT515P
    http://www.in-win.com.tw/home/detail...&model=IW-T515
    Hope that helps ya!:thumb:
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    Is it just me or do those small computers look like vaccum cleaners more than everyday computers..:rolleyes2

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    Yes Tweaker....it's just you and your vacuum cleaner fetish...Everything looks like a vacuum to you...:rolleyes:
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    Quote Originally Posted by [size=6
    1Way[/size]]
    Wiggo – I take it for granted that he is looking for a small portable unit. These micro and flex ATX units are more powerful and upgradeable and dependable that laptops, plus they are cheaper and easier to fix too. Standard form factor ATX desktop units are too heavy and large for frequent relocating. So isn’t he looking in the right direction?
    He stated "a serious everyday computer" not a LAN PC plus couldn't ya get everything into one post instead of 5 over a few days? (tacky, very tacky) :rolleyes2

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Way
    Standard form factor ATX desktop units are too heavy and large for frequent relocating.
    Get yourself a nice miditower case (not desktop) and a full size atx mobo.
    That way you won't be disapointed. And moving a miditower isn't any more effort than moving one of those "micro" atx cases..

    + proper airflow

    + steady construction

    + possibility to use standard atx mobo (full size)

    + room for further upgradements, you never know what you might want or need to add in the case in the future. Harddrives, optical readers etc..

    This way you can build a system that will last a while..

    Just my :2cents:



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    Other than a couple more PCI slots, I see no disadvantage to the micro-ATX boards....and several advantages. I'd agree that the cases available could be designed better, but if folks keep buying these boards (and obviously there's a market for them or they wouldn't be making them), better cases are bound to come out of it. I doubt I am alone in being intrigued by a smaller, full-featured system. Of course, I also like petite women...;)
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