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Advice on a MicroATX system

I was considering building a MicroATX system, but wasn't sure about the advantages and disadvantages. Also if you could recommend a build, that would be very helpful.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week


Budget Range: 800-1000 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: the cheapest!


Country of Origin:USA


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution:1920x1080
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119088
    - COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 Black Aluminum bezel MicroATX Mini Tower: $55

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W: $70 ($50 after mir)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    - ASUS 24X DVD Burner: $20

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB: $65

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725
    - OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III: $125 ($100 after mir)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157252
    - ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX: $115

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz: $220

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 CAS8: $75

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161368
    - HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB: $250 ($230 after mir)

    TOTAL: $995 ($930 after mir's)

    micro-ATX just means 'smaller'... so less space. Personally, if you can afford a little extra space -> go with the mid-towers -> they offer better air-flow... and easier building conditions... like this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $70

    *also included an SSD there for your OS drive (you won't regret it..!)
  2. I see, could you also recommend a mid tower build too then? Thanks!
  3. same components.. just swap the cases...

    if you want an ATX size motherboard too:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251
    - ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX: $120
  4. Thanks for all the help!
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