Pros/cons of a MicroATX case?

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  1. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    i've been thinking of upgrading my computer, and will likely be getting a shuttle motherboard, with a microATX form factor. that will fit in a normal ATX case no problem, but i was thinking of getting a microATX case. does anyone have experience with them, good or bad? all that i really need is two drivebays.

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    heat is typically an issue (not that big of one) with shuttle cases. As long as the case isn't buried under something and you have a working cpu fan it won't be a problem.

    you can run into other space issues like with the video card. A lot of the newer high end graphics cards are f'king huge and will not fit in a micro.

    other then that just the typical stuff.

    one or two pci slots, one or two spots for HDD's, typically one optical, and so forth. You probably know this already so if those aren't a problem for you then :cool:
     
  3. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    well, i'm going to get a mobo with an integrated video card, since i don't really play that many games. so i'm probably not going to be upgrading it, but will have an AGP slot just in case.

    meh, i think i like having space in my computer. i can see myself getting really frustrated by not having space to work around in the thing, even if i do so infrequently. i think i'll just get this mid-tower antec case.. SLK3600?? is that the model? anyways, it is supposed to be a great case.
     
  4. Rob

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    Advantage: It's small
    Disadvantage: It's small

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  5. Blindsight

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    Pros:
    Small

    Cons:
    Cheap, low quality NOISY power supplies
    Limited motherboard selection
    Terrible cooling and airflow
    Most MATX cases (the cool looking ones anyway) have half-height PCI slots which suck ass
    Limited heatsink/fan selection
    Overall NOISY system

    (that's what I hate about those cool looking Shuttle SFF systems, theyre really neat but whats the point if theyre so noisy you have to hide them in the desk :mad: )
     
  6. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    alright, well i'm more or less convinced NOT to go micro-atx case.

    i'm getting this neat-o antec case:

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    ok, now next question - what's a good, fairly quiet, case fan? i want my system to be pretty quiet, and don't plan on overclocking, etc..
     
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    My experience: The smaller the case, the more blood I shed (literally).
     
  8. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    :rofl: good point.

    i'm just going to get that Antec case - it's got a nice power supply, looks cool, etc
     
  9. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    think that 1 case fan is going to be enough for an Athlon XP 2100+ system? :dunno:
     
  10. Rob

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    I don't see why not. Remember that your power supply is going to have a fan as well.

    All Dell cases have one fan strictly for the CPU, and one in the PS that handels the PS and the rest of the case.
     
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    Haha, thats exactly why i have my Full ATX case with removable motherboard tray.
     
  12. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    ok i will hold you personally responsible if my CPU burns :squint:
     

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