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I am looking for a small form factor PC or case to pair with a Drobo S. The Drobo dimensions are 10.3" x 7.3" x 5.9" and of course you can find pictures over at drobo.com. I want the PC to either be a stand for the Drobo or sit on top of it and look like they should be paired together. It needs to have USB 3.0 or eSATA, powerful enough to run WHS 2011, have room for an internal drive of at least 120GB and be fairly power efficient. It also cannot be a million dollars.

The discussion is on over at the Home Server Show Forums.  You can join in there or leave a comment here.  Got a favorite?  Good recommendation?

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3078-looking-for-a-small-form-factor-pc-to-pair-with-whs2011-and-a-drobo/

Will add to this list as we move along.

 

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Drobo  

$679

Drobo S (2nd Gen) USB 3.0 / IEEE 1394b / eSATA Black 5-bay Storage Array DRDR4A21

Drobo S (2nd Gen) USB 3.0

10.3" x 7.3" x 5.9"

USB 3.0 / IEEE 1394b / eSATA

   
The Front Runner  
Q180

$429

IdeaCentre Q Series Q180Intel Atom Processor D2700 ( 2.13GHz 1MB )

4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz

500GB 5400

USB 3.0

10/100/1000

   
Small Form Factor – Case Only  
   

Submitted by jmwills

Newegg 5 star rating

$119

SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG05BB-450 ALL Black Plastic / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case with SFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply

SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG05BB-450

10.87" x 6.93" x 8.74"

Mini-ITX Desktop

Plastic front panel, 0.6mm SECC body

SFX 450W with 80 PLUS certification (SilverStone tuned)

450W

20+4Pin  Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX

Submitted by tojoski and Petro_Mann

Newegg 4 star rating

$69.99

Antec ISK 300-150 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply

Antec ISK 300-150 Black

12.90" x 8.70" x 3.80"

Mini-ITX Desktop

0.8mm cold rolled steel

150W

Submitted by Joe_Miner

$49.99

APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply

APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower

12.09" x 7.87" x 3.07"

Mini-ITX Tower

250W

Submitted by many

$109.99

LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71"

Mini-ITX / Mini-DTX

No Power Supply

   
Tojoski

$79.99

Mini-ITX HTPC Media Center Computer Case Habey EMC-600B Black New

Mini-ITX HTPC Media Center Computer Case Habey EMC-600B Black New

   
Motherboards/CPUs  
Submitted by tojoski

$79.99

GIGABYTE GA-H61N-USB3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-H61N-USB3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

DDR3 1333 / 1066 / 800 (16GB)

10/100/1000Mbps

2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s


Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1155)

Submitted by tojoski

Newegg 5 star rating

$134.99

Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120T

Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120T

   

Submitted by Jim

Newegg 4 star rating

$104.99

ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

DDR3 1066/800 (16GB)

10/100/1000Mbps

4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s

AMD E-350 APU (on Board)

   
Submitted by pluggedinpc

$139.99

ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

DDR3 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066

10/100/1000Mbps

4 x SATA 6Gb/s

2 x USB 3.0

Submitted by pluggedinpc

$139.99

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX

Submitted by pluggedinpc

$79.99

AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor AD3400OJGXBOX

AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor AD3400OJGXBOX

   
Barebone Units  

Submitted by jcollison

$219

Zotac ZBOXNANO-AD10-U AMD Hudson M1 1 x 204Pin AMD Radeon HD 6310 Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Zotac  ZBOXNANO-AD10-U

AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core)Chipset

DDR3 1066  Up to 4GB

1 x SATA 6.0Gb/s

10/100/1000Mbps 

2 x USB 3.0

   

Submitted by Yodafett

$220.83

Zotac ZBOX AD02 Desktop Computer – AMD Fusion E-350 1.60 GHz – Mini PC – Black

Zotac ZBOX AD02 Desktop Computer

AMD Fusion E-350 1.60 GHz

DDR3-1066/PC3-8500

Serial ATA/600

Gigabit Ethernet

2 x USB 3.0
   

Submitted by Jim

$154.99

Foxconn NTA350-0H0W-B-A-NA AMD Hudson D1 1 x 204Pin AMD Radeon HD 6310 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Foxconn NTA350-0H0W-B-A-NA

AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core)

DDR3 800

1 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

10/100/1000Mbps

2 x USB 3.0

   
Small Form Factor PC Only  
Submitted by ikon

$534.99

ASRock CoreHT 231D Intel Core i3 2310M Mobile Sandy Bridge Processor Intel HM65 Intel HD Graphics 3000 1 x HDMI Remote Control Barebone

ASRock CoreHT 231D

7.68" x 7.32" x 2.76"

4GB DDR3-1333MHz (2x2GB)
500GB / 7200RPM 2.5" SATA HDD
DVD Super Multi
Intel Mobile Sandy Bridge Processor
Mobile Intel HM65 Express chipset
Playback of Blu-ray disc S3D content via HDMI 1.4a
HDMI audio pass through (Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio)
THX TruStudio PRO
4 x USB3.0
1 x eSATA3

   
Hard Drive  
Submitted by Jim

$75.80

ICY DOCK MB982SPR-2S Full Metal Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA HDD & SSD Converter with RAID for PC & Mac Pro

ICY DOCK MB982SPR-2S Full Metal Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA HDD & SSD Converter with RAID for PC & Mac Pro

Submitted by Jim

$47.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7E HM251HI 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7E HM251HI 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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