Building a PC inside a small form factor case is a whole new challenge compared to full-size and even mid-tower enclosures. It is also beneficial on several levels, one of them being a small footprint. If you’re up for it, the Asus ROG Z11 Mini-ITX/DTX is an interesting place to start, and it’s on sale $199.99 on Amazon.
That’s $80 less than its list price. You can save even more if you want to try your luck with the “used – like new” model that Amazon is rolling out from its warehouse (it’s an option on the product page). If you go that route, you can grab it for $172.49, saving yourself $107.50.
Asus ROG Z11 Mini-ITX/DTX Gaming Case |
$279.99 $199.99 on Amazon (Save $80.99)
The ROG Z11 is an attractive case for a small form factor build. Putting a system together in this case can be challenging, but the end result will look spectacular. Also note that you can save even more if you select “Used – Like New” from an Amazon warehouse.View Deals
Let’s dispel the weirdness of this PC case. our friends Tom’s Hardware built a system inside the ROG Z11 and praised it for its aesthetics, and for the fact that it can be mounted vertically or horizontally, but noted that it was cumbersome to access the rear I/O port .
The second thing to consider is the type of motherboard that can fit in this case. It is designed for Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX motherboards. So your motherboard options are limited, although you can piece together a powerful PC based on any form factor these days.
Inside the case, the motherboard sits at an 11-degree angle. Asus designed it this way for better cooling – this leaves an additional 40mm of space behind the motherboard tray, which Asus says “increases heat dissipation around the CPU and graphics card.” kitguru Also looked at this case, and found that a vertical orientation provides the best cooling.
Other features include a three-slot graphics card, an ATX or SFX power supply unit, and enough room to fit four 2.5-inch SSDs, or 3.5-inch hard drives and two 2.5-inch SSDs.
It’s not for everyone, but if you want to build a compact system with an aggressive look, it’s worth considering.