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Crowdfunded NCase M1 Mini-ITX enthusiast chassis inches toward reality

By Matthew ยท 16 replies
Feb 15, 2013
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  1. Although there are some solid small form factor cases available, none of them are perfect -- at least not if you're Wahaha360 and Necere from HardOCP's forum. Disappointed by popular enclosures such as the SilverStone SG05, the guys teamed up...

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  2. Stupido

    Stupido TS Booster Posts: 66

    Actually a nice case (layout), but too expensive... me thinks...
  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 535   +210

    I like it for its size. What they did to being able to put the PSU that way is pretty nice.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,984   +2,873

    Unless you're the type of person who likes to lug your case around I see no reason for them.
  5. Wait a minute, you can donate $2000 and get a prototype or wait until their done and buy one for 160-200?

    Let me think about this...
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,984   +2,873

    It's good to see individuals innovating and they do need financial backing but ~200 skins for a case of this size & type is ludicrous.
  7. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    It's not. I pay this much for all my lian-li cases. I've bought about 8 in the last 3 years. For someone who demands quality and a certain aesthetic, it's worth it. I cannot stand the design of most cases; they look far to aggressive and weird. I prefer a monolithic, elegant look. You need to pay for quality manufacturing with aluminum instead of plastic and steel.

    Again, not true. I spent a lot of time modifying a Lian-Li PC-Q25 (a similar size case) for my desk so that that it could still have the power I needed and fit comfortably on my desk without taking up too much space. I have a large desk, too, but I need work space for projects.
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  8. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    I love the case. To bad I already bought an corsair obsidian 550d, which is still in a box next to my speakers. I been wanting to build one of these, but don't want to sped the extra money.
  9. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    I don't lug my case around, but I find those cases useful. for one in the bedroom. I don't foresee myself putting a 65lb full tower on top of our dresser. that for sure ain't gonna sit well with the wife.
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    Damn, I've been trying to work myself into the mainstream and try to make a matx or atx build... Trying to convince myself that I was done with my ITX fad... but this case is basically a temjin 07 or 08e but better airflow/ options for liquid cooling, which is basically want I want (except in the mini ITX fflavor). While the price of the case is out of my comfort zone, I can still see myself getting one.
  11. Trechie

    Trechie TS Member Posts: 18   +14

    The closest thing to the perfect smallish form factor case imho is the Silverstone Temjin TJ08B-E. I have it sitting on the floor next to a shelf below my flat screen and use it as an HTPC with an old iPhone using HippoRemote as the mouse/keyboard. These guys need to move the power button and usb ports closer to the top of the case for easy reach (like the Temjin), make sure they have easily removable dust filters at all fan entry/exit points (like the Temjin), and make sure their fans' speed can be controlled by the processor (unlike the Temjin - this is a weakness of the Temjin - although it does have a hi/low option for the main fan). Also, versatile slim loaded drives (that can also burn BluRays) are expensive, hard to find, and don't play dvds of all sizes. With the price of this case at $200 already, you are looking at an expensive build for no reason. Close to perfect? maybe. Perfect? Not yet. (the Temjin can also house micro-atx boards unlike this one, which can only support mini-itx)
  12. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    Looks nice, I haven't been overly impressed with previous Mini-itx cases, so I'm hoping this changes things.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Very interesting
  14. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    I've been looking long and hard at the Temjin 08B-E, wondering how I can shoehorn two AIO liquid cooling loops (140mm in the front and 120mm in the rear) but still get as many 3.5" HDD drives in as possible... If I forgo the optical drive I can fit four up top, but I want an optical drive... another option is to get a slim tray burner and bytecc adapter that allows a HDD in the same spot, which would be two drives up top, but a slow(er) optical drive. Oh the options...

    If I were to build using this M1 though, I'd basically have to forgo mechanical drives entirely, since many configuration options reduce your storage options.
  15. Trechie

    Trechie TS Member Posts: 18   +14

    If you need mass storage, Synology offers some of the best NAS boxes around. You can have a small SSD for your OS and stream everything from the NAS.
  16. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    I have enough older computers lying around that I'd just run one of those as my mass storage. Wait, I already do that with a 2U chassis and parts from a computer I made 3 years ago. I have this dumb assumption that I'll always want significant mechanical storage for every computer I build. I do know Synology makes solid NAS solutions. =o
  17. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    That's probably the nicest looking mini itx case I've seen yet.

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