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Moving a PC from a large tower to a micro case or mini tower

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January 25, 2012 11:38:05 PM

Hey all, first time here but I have gotten help from many threads before. I wanted to get some advice on a project I am working on. I am planning on building a mame arcade cabinet and was going to use my old desktop to do it. However it is currently in a big case and I was gonna use that for new internal components of my next desktop. So I was thinking about moving the mobo, hd, ect to a micro case or a mini tower. I graps that it would be dissasembly and reassembly, however I wanted to get an opinion if the parts I currently have would even work in a smaller case, below is my system in a nutshell.


ULTRACF8000Z 1 0.00 0.00
AMD PHENOM X4 9550 QUAD CORE 1
500 GB SATA II 3.0 GB 16MB 7200RPM 1
1G DDR2 PC6400 MEMORY 3
CM HYPER TX2 GAMING CPU COOLING FAN 1
BLACK LG LIGHTSCRIBE 20X DVDRW 1
MSI K9A2 CF-F AMD790X CROSSFIRE 1
ONBOARD 7.1 SOUND 1
GIGABYTE 802.11G 54MBP WIRELESS PCI 1
COOLERMASTER 600WATT EXTREME POWER 1
BLACK X-CRUISER 420 WATT 1
SAPPHIRE ATI HD 3650 512 MB PCI-E 2

Like I said I like my case and was just going to get new parts to go in it although everything here is about 4 years old, save the power supply it caught fire last year and I replaced it.

Anyway, I was looking to move most of that over, maybe shift down to one video card to save on power and get a smaller power supply. Im concerned that the mobo wont fit or that the heat will be too great for a smaller case. I of course know that being in a arcade cabinet there will be more heat (Buying about 6 200mm fans or 2-4 400mm for the cabinet itself to keep air moving.)

for refernece I was think something like

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any help will be appreciated!
a c 111 ) Power supply
January 25, 2012 11:49:30 PM

Is your board matx?
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a b ) Power supply
January 25, 2012 11:49:35 PM

Neither of those cases will work. The main problem is your mobo. It's ATX and those case can hold a max microATX board. You'll need to swap out your mobo to downgrade the case size.
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a b ) Power supply
January 25, 2012 11:59:48 PM

Motherboard Compatibility ATX, Micro ATX

Yup, that's what your looking for :) 
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a b ) Power supply
January 26, 2012 12:00:49 AM

Oh, and there are boatloads of mATX boards for AMD. Sort newegg by CPU type and form factor.
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a c 111 ) Power supply
January 26, 2012 12:05:04 AM

I would get something like a fractal design midi
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January 26, 2012 12:13:54 AM

Thanks guys! Since I got you here any opinion on if I should just make a new pc for this or is recycling a good move?
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a b ) Power supply
January 26, 2012 12:16:07 AM

I'd get whatever appeals to you.
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a b ) Power supply
January 26, 2012 12:17:20 AM

I always try to reuse parts, and yours aren't horribly old. They would make a nice Linux learner or NAS or who knows what! Recycle is always a last option in my book, hehe
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January 26, 2012 12:20:33 AM

Best answer selected by dragonsbane11.
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January 26, 2012 12:36:49 AM

scottiemedic said:
I always try to reuse parts, and yours aren't horribly old. They would make a nice Linux learner or NAS or who knows what! Recycle is always a last option in my book, hehe


Oh I meant recycle as in use in anew system, not the scrap kind lol. Funny thing is that I have been itching to make a new desktop for a few years but monetary issues hae kept me from it. Now Im looking at making a new desktop and this arcade. I haven made a computer since 2008 so Im a bit rusty...lol thanks for all the help.
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a b ) Power supply
January 26, 2012 1:01:47 AM

You bet, have fun with your new toys!!
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