Looking for a smaller ATX case

Discussion in 'Cases & Case Modding' started by Nebell, May 16, 2017.

  1. Nebell

    Nebell Gawd

    Jul 20, 2015
    Hey guys!

    I need to do something about my case. It's really heavy and big. I was thinking about building a mini PC but then I'd have to buy a lot of new parts and also wouldn't be able to use my 1080Ti, so I thought I'm better off getting a lightweight and smaller ATX case.

    My current case weights 17kg (37.5lbs)! That is, when it's EMPTY. Currently assembled it's at 28kg (62lbs).

    My requirements:

    * No drive slots. Not for DVD nor old discs (I can't believe a lot of cases still have that). Not even with hidden drive slots (like cases with front doors that you open to reveal drive slots).
    * Modern, high quality material.
    * Not too heavy, I'd say 7kg/15lbs would be my limit, preferably lighter.
    * Moddable, so I can remove all those HDD racks. I don't need them as I will only use M.2 and external SSD's/USB sticks.
    * As small as possible but still big enough to support full size motherboards, cards and also custom watercooling.
    * Good looking, but not an aggressive gamer case.
    * Dust filters!
    * Would be nice with a side window.

    * Not a requirement, but it would be nice if it had USB 3.0 Type C 2nd gen.

    Does a case like that exist?
  2. Spicedaddy

    Spicedaddy n00bie

    Nov 28, 2012
    Fractal Design Define C
    NZXT S340

    No USB Type-C though, I think Inwin makes one with that.
  3. ir0nw0lf

    ir0nw0lf [H]ardness Supreme

    Feb 7, 2003
    There is a updated version of the In Win 303, the 303C that has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port on the front I think. Don't think it's actually out though, I have not found one in stock. Not sure if that was in the realm of what you were looking for.

  4. Nebell

    Nebell Gawd

    Jul 20, 2015
    The prohlem with InWin 303 is its quite heavy.
    Fractal Design and NZXT are so quite heavy but not as heavy as InWin. Still looking for something lighter.
    Maybe wait for an update for InWin 808.
  5. alucasa

    alucasa n00bie

    Aug 31, 2010
    Take a look at RIOTORO Small Gaming Case.
  6. BlueFireIce

    BlueFireIce [H]ardness Supreme

    May 29, 2008
    CaseLabs Bullet BH7, No drive slots, very high quality build, 9lbs, they will do custom builds, HDD tray is removable if you want to remove it for some reason, it supports ATX and has mounting for watercooling, you can get it with or without windows, looks....Well, thats taste based, I like it myself. Only thing they don't have built in are dust filters, but those are easy to get just about anywhere, and they have a few options on the site.
  7. KenRico

    KenRico n00bie

    Dec 24, 2005
  8. Nebell

    Nebell Gawd

    Jul 20, 2015
    I found the seemingly perfect case:


    But it only supports 280mm cards while my 1080Ti Gaming X is 290mm... crap.

    Contacted Raijintek and a 290mm card will actually fit althought I will have to play around with cables.
    Now I need to wait on EKWB to release MSI 1080Ti Gaming X full water block so I can start building something smaller :)

    Nevermind, my motherboard is not ATX, it's E-ATX <.<
    Last edited: May 24, 2017
  9. yyv_146

    yyv_146 [H]Lite

    Jun 16, 2016
    Depends on how much of "E-ATX" is your board. The E-ATX definition can mean anything up to 13x12 (which I doubt you have but if you do, you can always drill extra holes in a 750D or something) to just a smidgen larger than ATX. If you have a 12x10 board, just about any ATX case is going to fit.

    I would recommend the corsair 400c for a compact build. I had a build planned for it for a while, but then concluded that I couldn't get enough rad mass in there and was better off with a full-size mid tower.

    The 400c would fit all of your criteria and handle mobo's up to 10.7' in width (and more, if you can drill holes). Shame that it can't take a full-size 360 + 240 rad combo...