Im going to try to build a form factor gaming pc in a micro atx case because I travel between countries a lot.
Your help is appreciated! (I don’t really know whats going to fit / what wont fit)
Case: ??? Im really open to suggestions. Im looking for something along the size of these shuttles or an xq pack possibly. I need to be able to fit a 4870x2 graphics card. I think shuttle will work but I don’t know for certain.
I'm running a Q6600 in the SG01 case with the Nitrogon cooler using only the PSU fan for cooling. On full load it gets to 68C (a little bit high).
Case takes any Matx board and is big enough for the 4870, 2x3.5" Hdd and 2x5.25" Drives. Build quality is amazing, Cannot recommend it enough.
Downside is price $119 and no PSU .
On the shuttle note - don't go there for a gaming PC. This build replaced a 5-year old shuttle, while shuttles are fantastic PC's and I had no real complaints the case is very cramped and airflow is lousy - I has to install some extra fans (held in with sticky pads) when installing a second Hdd as it messed up the airflow from the front of the case through the CPU cooler. You also have no upgrade path for the MB
You can build a great portable PC using the matx format but it is about foucusing on the core purpose of the PC and making comprimises, eg why get a 5.1 soundcard when the PC is about portability and to use the card properly youu you will need to carry about a large number of speakers too?
A $15 card will have problems competing with the MB onboard sound and with a Matx case you will need all the expansion slots you can get, say if you want to install a TV card / other expansion card later. It won't help that the Graphics cards you are palnning on using will be double slot.
Final Note - If you run into problems with HSF clearance you might think about the Scythe Ninja cooler, it works well and has a ridiculously low profile.
stuart. Awesome. I think the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case is the best option.
Do you think this is the best of the silverstones or should i pay more for the other one? I dont rly know what the difference is.
If it fits a 4870 then a 4870x2 should be no problemo? i think its 1 inch difference
Spend a few more bucks and get this; its bigger and has MUCH better airflow than the tiny, tiny cases. In my mind, the extra $50 is way worth the ability to haul gaming components in a portable case with good airflow.
EDIT: OOOOHHHHH, I just saw that it has a $30 rebate. $120 after MIR.
You may want to consider a gaming laptop if you travel that much. I know its more money, but a lot more portable...and you don't have to lug a monitor with it. My mistake...I forgot you travel a lot; but its a good LAN case otherwise.
I'd also suggest the gaming laptop if you really are traveling constantly. Smallest option and it would avoid issues with a case getting bumped around a lot in baggage processing. Would suck to get off the flight to find that the gfx card or something had gotten loose and was rattling around the case the whole time.