First topic on the forum, sorry if I mess up.
I'm building a small HTPC-ish machine for daily use.
I'm running a browser, and sometimes a few VMs on it. I also use Parsec to stream games from my gaming PC.
Because of my use-case it doesnt need a VGA, or a lot of performance, so I went with:
I3-6100T with a (35W TDP) + ARTIC's alpine 12, which keeps a cool 60C under load.
I have a Mini-ITX board, and I'm happy to change to an M.2 drive to conserve space.
My problem is thus:
I want this system to stay quiet. And I want it to be small.
But all ITX cases either:
a) have a lot of extra space for a GPU
b) have no clearance for the Alpine 12's 69mm height
c) have a built in PSU that has terrible fans
d) has no room for an internal PSU
Or some combination of the above.
For example I was considering Hot-Rod-ing the InWin chopin, but I've read that the fans get really loud after a while.
I'm looking for a case, that can fit an ITX motherboard, an SFX/SFX-L or some standard, replaceable PSU, and has clearance for the cooler. All, while staying as small as possible.
Does such a case exist? I have not been able to find one.
I'm considering DIY-ing one at this point. As of now my machine is in a butchered ATX case, that I have cut apart with an angle grinder.
I'm also happy to hear suggestions on what PSU I should use if I do manage to get or make a case, I'm currently running a standard 600W psu with its fans barely turning.