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For CPU cooling purposes is a mini tower actually a problem?

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I'm currently debating on whether to get a mini ATX/mini tower and the main disadvantage I see on the mini is the extra care required to fit things and cool it.

But is it true? e.g. if I get a noctua cooler that barely fits, will it really be a problem or is it a myth?
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Size of the case doesn't matter, airflow does. Make sure your cables are neat and tidy, and you have a good path for air to flow from your intake fans through your CPU cooler and out your exhaust, and a mini tower will do just fine.

That being said, many smaller cases (especially HTPC cases) are not designed with good airflow in mind. So just make sure you are considering the airflow of the case when making a decision.
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