[mythtv-users] "small" mATX case that can still hold a full PCIcard?

Michael PARKER michael.parker at st.com
Fri Feb 26 11:37:58 UTC 2010


I'm in the same boat - I've got a mATX combo FE/BE that I'm keen to squeeze into the smallest case

Looking around, it may be possible to use a 90deg or flex PCI extender:


although I'm not sure whether it's possible to find cases that support PCI cards rotated through
90deg (i.e. how do you rigidly secure the card bracket (with all I/O connectors) to the case?)

My Mythbox has got a half height Wifi PCI card and a full height Hauppauge HVR-4000 card. I don't
suspect the wifi card will be a problem, but the height of the HVR-4000 is currently forcing me to
look at bigger boxes than I've got space for.

I'd be interested to hear how you get on.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org 
> [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Dan Armbrust
> Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 5:24 AM
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: [mythtv-users] "small" mATX case that can still hold 
> a full PCIcard?
> What is the smallest case that folks have found that can still handle
> a full PCI card?
> The smallest one I can find is one of these -
> http://www.nmediapc.com/htpc1000.htm
> Dimensions (according to them):
> Case: 17"(W) x 5.4"(H w/ feet) x 16.3"(D w/ panel)
> Metal Chassis: 17"(W) x 5.1"(H) x 15.4" (D)
> It still shows the case as being 5.1" tall.  If Wikipedia is right, a
> PCI card should only be 4.2", including the pci connector.  So it
> seems like it should be possible for there to be a shorter case... (I
> know, not much differences, but I have a shelf height issue I'm trying
> to work around)
> Also, this seems way wider than I need... Micro ATX is what, 
> 9.6" x 9.6".
> Any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Dan
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