most of the links prolly wont work because apparently most of my stuff are outdated or discontinued
but thats besides the point, after spending a year lugging my huge case from my house to my dorm and back during breaks, i want to make a gaming pc thats in a small case like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but im not sure if i can make a good gaming pc with such a small case, like would quad core, or w/e is the new hip cpu (i thought i7 was an operating system ) any way if you guys know if small cases like those are capable of holding good parts?
i dont want to ask you guys to build me a whole setup but if you feel the need to , please do
my price range is ~$1000 but if its more let me see and ill see if i can afford it, getting a job for the summer
well there is only 1 microATX corei7 board. but for core2 builds micro atx boards would be fine. However be sure to find a case that will take a normal ATX power supply. By volume the elite 360 is actually a hair smaller then the apevia. (1424 cubic inches vs. 1481 cubic inches.) Just to compare the antec 1200 measures in 3885 cubic inches.
Well i do up SFFs/mATX rigs (some workstations others gamers) a lot so my suggestion, $69x after ship+MIR:
You'd want to go single decent GPU set up as the idea of heat built up inside a small casing due to CF/SLI in a no no. The use of modular PSU promotes neater cable management hence facilitates better air flow in a confined case
The difference between Micro ATX and full ATX does come down mostly to size. However many of the better overclocking boards will be full ATX. Also ATX boards will have more expansion slots available. On the plus side many micro ATX boards will come with onboard video. Great if you want to build it and get the GPU later.
i guess since i wont be overclocking , or if i do it would be at a later time, microATX should be fine?
hey batuchka, that looks real good, and best of all cheap, could i swap the case with jay2tall's suggestion and would it still fit?
Well depending on games/settings the GTX 260 is doable for 1920 x 1080 gaming so depends on how hardcore a gamer u are hehe Thats a bit steep for a case but if it really catches your fancy go for it! PSU also seems overpriced when for single GPU set up a Corsair VX550 is plenty ^^ All in all if i want to pump $8xx for a Phenom 2 SFF/mATX gamer i'd be pretty disappointed if i didn't at least hit a GTX 275/HD 4890