Help with buying a new case to replace my old stock one

Hey everyone,

I am looking to buy a new case for my computer but am so confused on what the various things mean. I am not sure if I need a "full tower", ATX, or micro-ATX or whatever.

Here are my specs:

Computer: Gateway FX4710
Motherboard: (according to CPU-Z) gateway g33m05g1
RAM: 6GB DDR 2 PC 5300 (No clue what this means)
Socket 775
CPU: Gore 2 Quad Q9300
I upgraded my videocard from an NVIDIA 9800GT to ATI 5770.
I upgraded my power supply from 400 watts to 650 watts.
Windows 7 Home
Case is: 17 inches long
16 inches tall
7 inches wide.

I was looking at cases on newegg.com but am so lost on what form factor to get.

Thank you for the help
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  1. Just stick with an ATX-case, I'm pretty sure you don't have a Micro-ATX board, so you wouldn't be able to fit what you have in one anyway.

    A full-tower is probably not necessary, you should be fine with a regular ATX case, but if you want a larger case, it won't hurt you to get one if your desk can handle it.
  2. MysticMiner said:
    Just stick with an ATX-case, I'm pretty sure you don't have a Micro-ATX board, so you wouldn't be able to fit what you have in one anyway.

    A full-tower is probably not necessary, you should be fine with a regular ATX case, but if you want a larger case, it won't hurt you to get one if your desk can handle it.


    Thanks. What does ATX mean anyway?
  3. Atx is the mobo size, the most common size, pretty much any case can fit it. Around what price range were you looking at? Any particular style you prefer?

    The stock gateway is a micro-atx mobo which will fit in atx cases, and it's a mid tower. A small mid tower imo.
  4. ATX stands for Advanced Technology Extended, and it is a standard that was developed in the mid-nineties from the original AT-standard that came from IBM in the 80s, and was built from the XT standard.

    You can look up Computer Form Factors here if you want.

    There's quite a few different ones.
  5. Try look for a Mid tower, The Antec 300 is a good one i know of.
  6. That looks good.

    I was considering this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156063

    but am also looking for one with a handle on it to take into my dorm easier.

    Also thanks for the ATX link MysticMiner.
  7. ubs, didn't notice the post about handles. sorry
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