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Hi all,

Ever since I got given my MSI cube yesterday I have been think (dangerous I know) but when ever I do game with other people or go over friends I can't really bring my main rig with me, even though its not a full tower, its still fairly big lol I have taken it over to a mates for a week 200 miles away, but that was only due to me staying for more than a weekend lol.

I was just wondering how good SFF systems are with regards to gaming performance as a small rig I could just pick up and take with my for a weekend.

I guess I could just run on the onboard GFX or install a spare card in there for day to day, and then swap it out with my Nvidia 450GTS when taking it with me.

How expensive are these smaller systems to build? Do I have a full choice of sockets etc so if I wanted to get another AM3 AMD 965BE I could?

Also what is the cooling like on them?
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I was just wondering how good SFF systems are with regards to gaming performance
SFF systems can deliver pretty good gaming performance nowadays! In short almost anything a full tower system can do.

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How expensive are these smaller systems to build?
I'd say that a good SFF system costs you around $500-700.

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Do I have a full choice of sockets etc
You do have a full choice of sockets for mATX, however, there are no mITX 1366 boards.

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so if I wanted to get another AM3 AMD 965BE I could?
Yes, you could get another 965, just make sure that it's a C3 stepping with 125 watts TDP but it would be even better if you got a 955 with C3 stepping and 95 watts TDP.

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Also what is the cooling like on them?
Cooling is the most challenging part for SFF sytems. The cooling for your system depends on your case since it gives you the space for heatsinks and fans. Popular cooling solutions for SFF systems are: H50/H70 or flat heatsinks like the Noctua NH-C14, NH-C12P or Scythe Shuriken.
    
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Besides no socket 1366 with mini ITX, there is no SLI/Crossfire. Otherwise just about anything goes. Check out the "Club for those with beastly SFF" thread.
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