I'd like suggestions on components for a good gaming/graphics-heavy computer... but I'd like a small form factor if possible.
Anyone have good ideas on cases, power supply's, graphics cards etc? We need to build 30 of them for a school that would like to keep them small for space concerns - but also want them to have plenty of power for computer animation type classes.
It really depends on how large you consider 'Small Form Factor' to be. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Those are some of my favorite mATX cases. They can hold basically the same parts as any other small case (make absolutely sure that it's a true mATX board), and from what I've seen, can keep fairly cool as well.
$800 is plenty for a powerful computer. how about a 14.00" x 7.75" x 13.75" case, which is essentially twice the width of the dell optiplex. The biggest issue with size is that a 3.5" wide computer is simply not going to fit a powerful graphics card.
This is a good powerful solution. the APEX MJ-16 case is a desktop or a tower, so the monitor could sit on top of it and occupy the same space or it could be tucked away as a mini tower. at 14.56" x 5.51" x 13.00" is slightly larger that the Dell Optiplex 740, but can house full size PCIe GPU cards.