Looking for a decent mini tower for a mini-itx

MasonMc

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I have a Gateway SX2801-07e and im wanting to find a new case with a larger PSU so I can fit a decent graphics card. I have been looking around but only finding cube cases (witch I do not want) I have however found this pretty nice pixxo case that im intrested in.

My system: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281727&CatId=5138
The case I've picked out: http://www.directron.com/cm9e8ab.html

The only thing that is concerning me about the case is that the I/O Shield is missing the motherboard slots, will that be a problem? The only decent picture I could find of my motherboard is this: http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/sc/34139096-2-440-OVI-4.jpg

Im wanting to buy this within next couple of weeks if someone can give me some advice or try and find a low buget 350w+ ITX PSU that can fit in a 3.5"x2"x6-10" will help. Im mainly wanting to get a graphics card, though my 220w factory PSU wont support any low profile cards for my gamming needs.

Thanks
 
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You have one major problem. Modern case don't normally come with I/O plates, because motherboards come with them designed to match their output port arrangement. In the case of your Gateway slim-line case, there is no physical I/O plate you can move to the new case... your Gateway's case has the I/O ports punched into the back of the case; not the normal procedure. You will have to live without the I/O plate in the new case*.

Secondly, I advise against getting another slimline case. They don't allow for full sized graphic cards; you have to use low powered half height cards. And slimlines are not the best for ventilation and heat removal. Get a mATX or ATX case. They are the standard, and all cards and...

clutchc

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You have one major problem. Modern case don't normally come with I/O plates, because motherboards come with them designed to match their output port arrangement. In the case of your Gateway slim-line case, there is no physical I/O plate you can move to the new case... your Gateway's case has the I/O ports punched into the back of the case; not the normal procedure. You will have to live without the I/O plate in the new case*.

Secondly, I advise against getting another slimline case. They don't allow for full sized graphic cards; you have to use low powered half height cards. And slimlines are not the best for ventilation and heat removal. Get a mATX or ATX case. They are the standard, and all cards and components will interchange.

PSUs are standard in size (except for slimline cases), so you don't have to worry about the size. Use the calculater here to determine the size you need: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/

* The I/O shield provides two main functions. First, it keeps dirt and foreign objects from entering the case. Second, it grounds all the I/O ports' housings so that plugging/unplugging devices don't cause ESD problems.
 
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