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Whenever I've needed to build a PC for arcade use the biggest pain has always been finding a suitable case for it. Most Towers are way too big, and most "compact" cases have really weird layouts like placing the PSU above the mobo which causes problems with the CPU cooler, or having a really shallow case preventing the use of full-height PCI cards. I've been stuck either buying pre-built PCs with small form-factor cases or just mounting the PC to wood, and neither of these are great options for swapping out the board and storing it along with my other PC based hardware.

Considering a PC for use in a cabinet like a vewlix and considering the TTX3 case as being on the larger side of what fits. I'd like to identify PC cases that support the following criteria:

  1. mATX form factor mobo or larger
  2. full height PCI cards
  3. fully enclosed metal case with dimensions of: 330mm (13in) wide, 330mm (13in) deep, and 170mm (6.75in) tall or smaller

There are of course other factors that would make cases more ideal, such as support for a full-sized PSU, mounted to the back on the left (to keep it consistent with TTX, RE, and others), no front-panel, mounting tabs instead of free-standing etc., But So far I've been unsuccessful in finding a case that meets the, seemingly simple base requirements so I don't want to put too many restrictions up.

Anyone know of any cases that they've used that they can share the make/model of?


So far I've identified 2 candidates, though both are no longer in production:
CIT SI001BK
In Win BK644

Still in Production:
In Win BK623 (Thanks Zepherino)
 
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How durable does the PC need to be if it spends most of it's time sitting in a cab? If you don't need it to be totally enclosed, I would consider just creating a case from scratch via 3D printing or laser cutting. That way you can have better control over sizing and where stuff like port locations are. I've seen custom PC cases in places like thingiverse a few times, which can work as a starting point.
 

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How durable does the PC need to be if it spends most of it's time sitting in a cab?
if it's just sitting in a cab not a lot, but I'm swapping these out constantly and have stacks of these PC boards. So for my needs the case needs to be able to support say 40kg or so of weight. Also I'd prefer a full metal cage for static protection and good internal grounding.

finally if I'm building an arcade PC I just want to buy the damn thing and put it together. I don't want to have to fab a case.
 
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Let me know how it goes once you have the PC built!

I after considering a few options for a arcade PC myself, I ended up going with an Asrock Deskmini X300 build, since I bought that barebones setup on a whim during last Black Friday. It's the most modern thing I can think of that that still has a VGA port while having a tiny footprint.
 

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I usually put it on a wooden board. Motherboard on some feet, PSU with tie-wraps through some holes. Works well, easy access and the airflow is fine when you have fans in your cabinet. Never had any issue.
 

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Another possibly interesting option...

My PRAS3s came with SEGA ALLS.NET boards. Basically, they're pretty decent PCs with standard parts and a compact case layout that may fit your specifications. The ALLS boards seem to run about $700, come with a 1070GTX and all you'd need to change up is the SSD/HDD to install your OS of choice.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/274721727876 (not my auction)

If I were going with a PC build on candy with minimal effort, this would be my choice... provided I needed the parts too and not the case alone.

Otherwise, I've found that normal tower cases fit really well in a 32" showcase build. But they're fairly large for most folks nowadays.
 
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I'm team plywood too, but I'm never swapping out systems. I think @jassin000 had a fancy 'test bench' open air case. There are some small HTPC cases out there too, but airflow probably becomes a problem
 

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Thanks for the suggestions but really the problem I'm trying to solve is that I've got 2 "open air" PCs on a piece of MDF built already and I'm looking for a proper case to put them in to make it safer and easier to swap them out and store them alongside my other PC based hardware systems.
 

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So I've got the In Win BK623 case in and it works beautifully.

I removed the plastic front panel, as well as the power/reset button unit, the front panel audio/usb ports, and the FDD caddy, all of which simply attach with screws. Removing all of these makes the "front" of the case just flat metal with a bunch of holes in it and shortens the whole depth by about 25mm (~1in). In total this is smaller along every dimension than a TTX3 case, which is what I was going for.

I also bought one of these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/234144626782 It's essentially a PCI plate with power and rest buttons as well as power and IDE LEDs so all of the controls normally on the front of a PC case are now on the back; perfect for arcade use! Of course you could build your own by just drilling 4 holes in a PCI plate and wiring up some dupont connectors to LEDs and buttons.

I'll update with some pics a bit later. So far my only gripe is that there is no good place for a big case fan. The case is actually designed for the CPU cooler and PSU fan to provide airflow through the whole case. The ducting is designed so that the CPU cooler pulls air in then it passes over the rest of the Mobo on it's way to the PSU before exhausting through the PSU. Worst case you could probably externally mount a fan but on a whole I'm not sure it would be needed.
 
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Here's all the Junk I removed:
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And here is the case compared to a TTX3:
case1.jpg
case2.jpg
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Nice! I’m repurposing a TypeX3 case. Ill
Have a build log shortly.
 
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