I need a new computer for multimedia editing and some gaming. I want it to be pretty much silent. Also, I will be needing to move the computer between two different homes about once a month, so it needs to be somewhat portable (small enough to be carried by hand, yet larger enough for 2xDVD drives/2xHDD/PCI card/ and PCIe GFX card).
Could you people help explain the differences between, advantages, disadvantages of a shuttle sized pc (micro) and a mid-tower pc (atx)?
I guess the biggest problem with shuttle pcs is the limited expandability, right? But they are much more portable (most have a handle?
On the other hand, mid-tower pcs offer great expandability, but are heavier and larger, making them less portable, correct?
I will need firewire, eSata, and 2 pci slots on the mobo at the least. I will be using a Q6600 G0 and a 500gb HDD.
They have good cooling and accept just about any microATX motherboard as opposed to shuttles. Plus you can get a PSU to fit your requirement as opposed to being stuck with shuttle's.
Of course, the shuttles are a little smaller.
just so there is no confusion...
I didn't mean I was looking to buy a shuttle brand pc or anything like that.
More like, I am looking at either a mid sized tower or a micro or mini tower thing. So the question really comes down to what are the advantages and disavantages between a case and a motherboard that fit ATX vs a case and a motherboard that are microATX.
--eru, those case are nice, where would u suggest I buy it tho? and what kind of mobo (If i choose to go the micro way.) ?