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MicroATX gaming case

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February 17, 2009 1:05:11 PM

Hey, I'm looking to build a more portable gaming system, but I can't find a case I really like. I've been looking for a MicroATX case that can support full size expansion slots, so I can use a full size graphics card.

All I've seen so far is this case here (and others in the same product line):
Athena Power CA-1015CR47 [Newegg.com]
It's ok, but several reviewers note that it is cheaply constructed.

Does anyone know what other options I've got, short of building my own case?

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February 17, 2009 10:26:19 PM

Thanks, but I'm looking for something a bit smaller. I only need one 3.5" and one 5.25" drive bay.
February 18, 2009 12:09:36 AM

I recently bought a Silverstone SG03. I was able to fit a 4870 inside, no problem. The system needs two 120mm fans at the front though (it only comes with one). You want to make the the exhaust system on the GPU (like the one on the Sapphire 4870) puts the air directly out the back. Your PSU should be able to run well under warmer temperatures since ideally you'll want to face the PSU intake fan directly over the CPU. If the PSU is faced away from the CPU (sucking air from outside the case) you affect the positive pressure of the case. If possible, you want to find a mATX board that will mount a Zalman 8700 after market CPU cooler. The board I have won't fit the cooler, but the info on the boxes says it will fit mATX boards.
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