Compact Micro-ATX case

Discussion in 'Cases & Case Modding' started by Octopuss, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. Octopuss

    Octopuss n00b

    Sep 18, 2017
    I have a small home server built into Bitfenix Phenom M case. It serves the purpose, but the build quality (aside from the frame or something) is nothing short of horrible, cable management is impossible, and generally I shouldn't had bought it.
    I need something of similar size, but better. I only need room for three disks, there will never be more.
    I was looking at Fractal Design Node 804 and while it's a viable option, it's a bit too large (but acceptably so if needed) and it was way too many disk slots.

    Is there something inbetween of these two maybe?
  2. johnrea77

    johnrea77 [H]Lite

    Dec 4, 2006
    I went with the newer model of the Fractal Define Mini C. That is the one w/o the 5-1/4" bays in front, so it is shallower than the previous variant of the Define Mini. For the gaming PC build my ASRock Extreme 4 has two M.2 PCIe SSD drives. The only moving parts are the MB controller fans.

    Fractal Define Mini C:

    • 3,5" HDD positions (2)
    • 2.5" HDD/SSD positions (3) (maximum 2.5" drive thickness is 10mm)

    BTW - I have both Define mini models, the previous Define Mini is part of my family home PC and has a DVD drive installed.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2020
  3. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj [H]ard as it Gets

    Feb 1, 2005
    3 discs? What size? 2.5" 3.5" ? Most cases I've seen have 2x3.5" max, so it might be a challenge to find 3x3.5" and keep it small at the same time.