Micro ATX for a gaming pc?

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  1. beans

    beans New Member

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    I havent built a computer since 1999 and I'm getting jealous of all the cool games out that i cant play. I guess its time to upgrade. Can you guys point me in the right direction as to which mobo/cpu/videocard/case to look for? I'd prefer a micro atx mobo along with a micro atx case. tia.
     
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    you gonna get one of these things?

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    It's doable to build a Micro-ATX gaming PC, but your selection of really good motherboards goes straight in the shitter when you downsize.

    I'd just get a full-ATX motherboard and look for the smallest mid-tower case you can find. I upsized my Micro-AYX machine about a year and a half ago, and I was able to find a mid-tower case that was only 1.5" taller than the old mini-tower case I had before. (It was substantially longer front-to-back, but who cares about that?)
     
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    eh yeah the mobo selection decreases but honestly something like this would be fine for 95% of people (and gamers): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128078

    no reason to get a full tower case unless you are a super dweeb (which is cool i'm just sayin). just don't think your 'gaming' abilities will be limited by a micro-atx case lol.
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    Actual HTPC case > that.

    I use this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163055
    Still able to use a full ATX board. Thermalright Ultima-90 even fits so you really don't have to sacrifice cooling all that much.
     
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    I considered Silverstone cases but I've got a budget of <$500 and that would put me over.

    Edit: I take it back, some of the stuff I chose has been discounted lol. I'm still under $500
     
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    that's something that has driven me crazy for years. most motherboards and cases are the ATX style and mid-tower or better. yet, for most users you could easily fit what you need in a smaller case with a smaller motherboard. the only thing to watch is heat which can be dealt with.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Gaming generates a lot of heat. You don't need a smokestack case to vent that heat, but you don't want a Micro-ATX case either, because it'll trap the heat more than a larger case with more vents will.

    As cheesy as those Alienware-style cases are, there's a reason why 11ty billion vents is part of the "gamer PC" look -- because airflow is important.
     
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    i highly recommend modular PSUs for small cases
     

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