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I would like a small PC which will be used for various things, the most demanding being gaming. Consider though that my current PC is powerful enough for me, except some games where a better graphics card would surely help.
I don't have the money to change motherboard/CPU/power supply/etc. now, so a change of platform isn't an option, and anyway as I said earlier I'm happy with the performance so it would be a waste to do so.

Some things to consider:
- I don't overclock, but if I did it would be a modest one.
- No liquid cooling.
- Only need 1 PCI-E (graphics card), no CrossFireX/SLI.

I would like to "recycle" all the components from my current PC and just change the case. Later on I would keep whichever case I choose and then build a new system around it on a smaller form factor than ATX. I think microATX is the only option?
Also passing from ATX to a smaller form factor, should I be worried about performance or heat? Remember that my needs are quite modest compared to most people here on OCN. biggrin.gif
Edited by Sour - 6/29/13 at 7:09am
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You have an ATX motherboard, only case options are ATX cases - some are smaller than others, but obviously anything needing a motherboard smaller than ATX is out of the question thumb.gif

You have a decent enough setup right now, just need a faster GPU, whats your budget for one? You have enough power to get any single GPU out there so GPU selection is really going to depend mostly on your budget.
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Dump your motherboard and case then get a nice ITX motherboard and a Fractal Design Node 304! thumb.gif

Totally not biased at all. tongue.gif

Well maybe a little!

Really love my case! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

You have an ATX motherboard, only case options are ATX cases - some are smaller than others
Well that was what I wanted to do, buy a small ATX case which can also fit microATX (or other smaller standards) motherboards. Then later on I would make a completely new system based on the smaller standard the case supports, and perhaps even later change again the case to the smaller standard I chose so everything is nice and compact. It's quite complicated though.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

You have a decent enough setup right now, just need a faster GPU, whats your budget for one? You have enough power to get any single GPU out there so GPU selection is really going to depend mostly on your budget.
Right now I can't spend anything but it's only a matter of time because I finally managed to get a job. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

Dump your motherboard and case then get a nice ITX motherboard and a Fractal Design Node 304! thumb.gif

Totally not biased at all. tongue.gif

Well maybe a little!

Really love my case! biggrin.gif
Looks nice but if I were to go for ITX I'd choose the Prodigy, love it!

I'm open to opinions about what to do.
I just want a smaller computer because I move from time to time (student here tongue.gif), live in small rooms and because there's no need for bigger cases/form factors considering my modest needs.
At the same time, I don't want to change all my system now, besides the money I wouldn't benefit from a new system. Rather save the money for a new graphics card or SSD.
Edited by Sour - 6/29/13 at 9:30am
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Sounds like you need a Lian Li PC A05FNB.
post #6 of 8
Details of your current system might help.... there must be an mATX version of your ATX board available ?

You are just spending money twice for no benefit.

Scrape up some cash, build new format PC into old case, and then transplant into a new form factor last !

dunx

P.S. You say you need small, then worship the largest ITX case available ? ? ? ? rolleyes.gif
Edited by 2002dunx - 6/30/13 at 3:28am
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Allanitomwesh View Post

Sounds like you need a Lian Li PC A05FNB.
I like it, thanks.

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Originally Posted by 2002dunx View Post

Details of your current system might help.... there must be an mATX version of your ATX board available ?

You are just spending money twice for no benefit.

Scrape up some cash, build new format PC into old case, and then transplant into a new form factor last !

dunx

P.S. You say you need small, then worship the largest ITX case available ? ? ? ? rolleyes.gif
The system is in my signature.
I dont' know of a mATX version of my motherboard but anyway I can always buy another model; as long as it's socket 1155 it should be fine.
You're right though, I think I'll keep my current system, perhaps change the graphics card and later on or I will build a new system into the current case or also buy a new case.
The Prodigy seems quite small to me, at least compared to my CM 690 II. tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by Sour View Post

Also passing from ATX to a smaller form factor, should I be worried about performance or heat? Remember that my needs are quite modest compared to most people here on OCN. biggrin.gif
Any input on this? To expand it, I remember reading that mATX motherboards tend to be worse than the ATX versions but this is probably not true anymore. About the heat, since it's a smaller case, I'm thinking that heat might be an issue but at the same time since I don't have very powerful hardware and don't overclock I guess I'm OK.
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Only thing to worry about is not having quad sli anymore (or sli on itx) but otherwise its the same premium board through the sizes.
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