I believe what you're refering to are the sub mini Shuttle cases. They're great for certain situations. IE, mail server, college student that needs something for word processing, internet only. They are not meant for the power user. But by using the NForce chipset, they do pack a decent punch. Also, they are highly portable.
nforce chipset? haha... no no no, my friend... the sv24 and sv25 us the via pm133 chipset which had onboard prosavage video... barely suited for watching flash animations. they are definitely not for any power user... but they are kinda neat.
i built one for a friend's aunt with the cyrix c3 processor. the whole thing puts out like no heat but it is way too loud for it's purpose. i know that 80% of the noise is coming from the power supply fan, though... at least on the sv24/sv25. i didn't feel like cracking open it's power supply and changing the fans voltage since it wasn't mine.
when you buy one, you just get a tiny cube-like case and the tiny mobo already installed (i'd hate to get it in there myself). they have ones out there now with ddr and even one brand new one with an agp slot but only for p4. that particular barebone would cost you $360, plus about $220 for the p4... no too mention memory, hd, optical drive and video card. it'd be cheaper and faster to build your own in a mid-atx case... but it just wouldn't be as nifty. }:>
the new one ^^^ has ata133, usb 2.0, ddr333, onboard 5.1, agp4x, firewire, and supports the 533mhz bus. plus i think they fixed the problem with fan noise. not bad, if you got the money.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS