He's a gamer and he really wants to be able to have all the bells and whistles turned on and smooth gameplay with the latest games. You'll no doubt notice there's no graphics card in there, but he's decided to wait until Gears of War comes out for PC later this year - to see if prices on good DX10 cards come down, and to get a better idea of what the game's requirements will be. So my main questions are:
1. The integrated graphics (ATI Radeon Xpress 1250) on that mobo should be sufficient for light gaming (Warcraft III and the like) and Aero, right? (Just want to be sure it will hold him until he gets a dedicated graphics card.)
2. Will that power supply fit in that case? I've never done builds with MicroATX cases, so I'm a little out of my element.
3. Do you think ventilation will be an issue with that case, with both that CPU and a good gaming GPU? I can probably convince him to go with a cooler CPU (maybe one of the Brisbanes) if you think it would be prudent. Thanks in advance!
I'll run that by him tomorrow, thanks. He also insisted I ask about water cooling, which I have no experience with. After reading a bit about it, I'm kinda guessing it wouldn't be practical for a case that size, and also that it wouldn't lend itself well to a portable (and preferably lightweight) PC. But you guys are the experts; what do you think?