Help/Suggestions for Small Form Factor Beast???

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.

Is that wishful thinking?
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  1. It really depends on how large you consider 'Small Form Factor' to be.
    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.
  2. how much are you looking to spend each?
    do you need monitors and OS?
    what kind of resolution? 1920x1080? or more?
  3. I'm sorry I never saw the replies to this post. We are still struggling with this issue. Our budget per PC is $800. This has to include Monitor, Keyboard and mouse, but does not have to include OS.

    It seems like an impossible task! The computer lab teacher wants power but also doesn't want the case to be big! The business office won't let us spend more than $800 per pc!!!

    The boxes she has now are the Dell Optiplex 740 and they are only 3.5 x 13.5 x 12.5 inches. We ordered a sample ATX Mid tower and she about fainted when she saw it!
  4. how about a branded one, a small processing beast like i3 Lenovo H330 with a not to big monitor and a standard keyboard-mouse combo will stay way under the $800.
  5. $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.
  6. 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.

    Small Core i5 Sandy Bridge build:
    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289

    APEX MJ-16 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case ATX12V SFX 250W Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16811154085

    Upgraded PSU to run the better graphics cards
    SeaSonic SS-350SFE 350W SFX12V V3.1 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    Item #: N82E16817151063
    -$6.00 Instant

    Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148701

    HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    Item #: N82E16824262011
    -$40.00 Instant

    SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP CrossFireX
    Item #: N82E16814102908
    -$5.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
    Item #: N82E16823107128

    V7 M30P20-7N Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
    Item #: N82E16826575002
    -$5.00 Instant

    Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit
    Item #: N82E16820146748

    ASUS P8H61-I (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131727

    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop
    Processor BX80623I52400
    Item #: N82E16819115074

    $769.89 + $28 shipping

    If the $800 limit was before shipping put the extra $ toward a better HD:
    Samsung 1TB ($65)

    you can also put a mATX MB in it if you want for about the same $. the mITX just gives yo more room to work over the mATX.
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