I did think when I saw your post at 6;13AM that you were up pretty early - now I've seen you're in the US - good night! I disagree with the awe inspiring big cases at LAN though, I always see full towers now and even anything other than 'midi' sized over the top and a bit antiquated like the PC's of old. The only time big cases are used properly are those that rarely move or are full to the brim with hard drives / water cooling IMO. I built my desktop a few months before going to a LAN and so built it with that in mind, not the prettiest case but matx and case handle = perfect + a 200mm fan on the side for extra cooling. I don't think he wants something to match the size, but to get the best bang for buck from the budget. Edit: Updated my post with itx parts.