If space is a problem, I suggest an enlight model 7200 or foxconn model dt2100 desktop case (both about $50). They sit flat allowing you to place the monitor on top, and will take any standard atx motherboard or power supply. I use a 14cm power supply with mine to remove warm air around the cpu.
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<i>any special reason for wanting a mico-atx system?</i>
Not really--desk space isn't really an issue. I was just looking for a new case, and when I found one I liked I noticed it was Micro ATX (http://www.xpcgear.com/emcs10068b.html). My system is all black, and that blue power light should look cool with the blue light on my Logitech speakers.
So I just figured I'd do a little research on the forums first. From what I'm hearing so far, the only real disadvantage is that there is no room to work with inside the case, something that I don't mind coping with. My two remaining concerns are:
a)Will my current ATX power supply work, and
b)Will overclocking create too much heat in such a small space?
*EDIT* just discovered that i'll need an SFX power supply
You guys have been really helpful so far, thanks.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by johnnyboy on 08/10/05 09:34 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
<i>If you could go Socket 939, there's a review of a good board at http://www.sysopt.com using the nForce4 chipset.
I read the review and was pumped up to make the switch, but then I noticed it didn't have an AGP slot, and I don't have the money to spring for a new 939 CPU and a PCI Express video card. Thanks for the link though.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by johnnyboy on 08/10/05 09:11 AM.</EM></FONT></P>