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Horizontal case vs Vertical tower

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November 16, 2012 5:17:00 PM

I am in the process of building a computer completely from scratch and am wanting to do something interesting with the case.

But on to my question, What are the benefits of a vertical computer vs a horizontal one [ie one like the old gateway 2000 where you sat a monitor on top of the case]

I have searched quite a bit and have found little to no information on this subject.

I do little paperwork on my desk and plan to use this computer for gaming primarily. I actually have one of said gateway 2000 that I plan on modifying to use in this project. key things I plan on doing that will separate its performance over towers:
psu will have the both fans open to outside of the case so that it has better cooling [sucking in outside air and blowing it back outside]
ability to put more and better placed fans in the case [being able to target key areas without worrying about disc drives blocking air flow, placing an exhaust fan directly above the cpu/gpu so that heat is sucked out before it can warm the rest of the case things like that]
not having to bend over to get to the dvd drive / any port for that matter as the case will sit directly on top of the desk.
certain graphics cards that have very heavy heatsinks/fans may warp the card over long periods of time, i wasnt even aware of this until researching this project. but anyways with a horizontal layout said cooler would not be pulling down on the card in that way.

I may be missing some points but This is all I have came up with thus far.

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November 16, 2012 6:45:15 PM

Desktop cases tend to be smaller with limited space for upgrade and cooling but with all those points you mention and the right case it is an viable option.
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November 16, 2012 8:56:51 PM

yeah what ive noticed is that the cases I see tend to be micro atx or slim style and that simply is not an option for me.
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November 25, 2012 10:56:21 AM

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