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February 27, 2006 7:12:42 AM

I would like to configure a gaming machine with a small form factor. I'm not sure if this is actually Micro-ATX but something with a size/format close to what the Dell Dimension 5150c offers is what I'm looking for.

I'd like to have PCI-E and not too shabby cooling if possible. I don't need any expandibility. Just one hard-drive and one optical is enough.

I'm aware that high-end video cards are very large and don't fit in this sort of computer, however, Dell's cheesy X600 is far from what I'd like. Are there any better cards out there that would do the trick?.
February 27, 2006 9:16:26 AM

Its not really a question of video cards - its finding a case a powersupply that both keeps it cool enough to run, and also supplies enough power to do what you want. My suggestion is build yourself, grab the ASUS A8NVM-CSM, which is essentially the best Micro-ATX motherboard you can get at this time, and get yourself something like this:

http://www.denguru.com/2006/02/22/diy_hd_htpc_extravaga...

or anything similar, which takes ONLY microATX motherboards, to keep size down, but accepts full ATX form factor PSU's, to give you enough juice, and has enough fans to keep you cool. You might also want to consider the Antec Aria, which is cheap, and reasonably attractive, but comes with a propriety 300watt power supply, so you will run out of power pretty fast if you fill it up with FX-60's and X1900XT's. :p  Also, I'm not sure how cool that will keep your system.

Have fun now.
February 27, 2006 10:50:14 AM

well it all comes down to how much your willing to spend, what is your budget?
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February 27, 2006 3:43:49 PM

about 1500$ (before taxes)

I've been looking at those HTPC cases and they're actually not that small. Would it be possible to find something that stands upright?
February 27, 2006 4:52:49 PM

why do you need a micro atx machine. Is this due to a space problem, or is this personal preference sort of thing?

if it was looking for a good gaming machine i would look a at a small midtower sized case, that is easy to handle.

I would do some more research if you have that kind of budget. that would easily put you in a better situation than going for a micro system.
February 27, 2006 5:49:20 PM

if you want a case that looks nice get these they look nice and they have alot of room in there
February 27, 2006 7:01:16 PM

also if you want to sell your comp with that case you sell it for more money :D 
March 2, 2006 10:55:28 PM

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if you want a case that looks nice get these they look nice and they have alot of room in there


Agreed, the X-pac are probably your best bet
March 2, 2006 11:40:16 PM

I agree with dvdpiddy, prozac26 and xwar those cases look quite nice indeed.

I may be a little too paranoid but I would not necessarily trust the default PSU however.

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