We have been building a number of Mini-ITX desktop systems in the Antec ISK 300-150 case. The unit is a great value for the money with good quality and construction built into the unit.
Protect The Finish
One of the things that we noticed right away was that the black finish scuffed _very_ easily relative to other Antec cases we have used in the past.
So, we make sure to take one of the box’s foam pads and use it as a pad to keep the case on while installing the system’s components. We use the other pad to store the case lid while building the system and installing the motherboard sticker on the lid.
Drive Height Caveat
Seagate’s new Constellation.2 1TB SATA drive is a lot taller (15.0mm) than a laptop standard height 2.5” drive (9.5mm). This must be kept in mind when integrating any enterprise class 2.5” drive at 15.0mm into a consumer class case or even USB enclosure.
Note that the drive tray has a lip on one side of it where the Intel 320 Series SSD is installed. So, we need to make sure to install the drive on the side of the tray that does not have a lip.
Also, the drive sits a little high relative to the case cover by about ~1.0mm. Given that some care needs to be taken to set the cover back in place. Once installed though, everything fits well together.
Intel DQ67EP and USB 3
We have had our fair share of struggles with the new USB 3.0 chipset made by Renesas found on the Intel motherboards.
In this case we had a Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 (DTU30G2/16GB) plugged into the USB 3.0 port on the Intel Desktop Board DQ67EPB3 (BOXDQ67EP) with all of the needed OS and driver files on it.
We managed to boot to the Kingston, though we had to change USB 3.0 ports once or twice during our initial run through to get it to be recognized as a boot device in the BIOS, load the Renesas driver as requested by WinPE, and try to move forward from there.
As soon as we clicked on the SSD for the OS to install to create a partition and move forward the setup routine failed with an error stating that it could not create a System Partition.
We ended up needing to use a USB 2.0 flash drive to install the Windows OS. In our opinion USB 3.0 has a ways to go before it will be “mainstream” and foolproof.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book