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Alright, you guys pretty much convinced me going smaller is better.
I just wish they made a smaller phantom lol.

Now, the question is mATX, or ATX. Never seems to end lol.
mATX FTW

You can get smaller cases and less flashy. You could also hide them like under a stack of magazines depending on which you get. Nobody would notice.
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post #32 of 66
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mATX FTW
This^. Smaller the better. ATX if you want to have full pcie lanes. matx for 2x x-fire, SLI ONLY @ x8x8. No big difference btw the two.
    
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post #33 of 66
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Originally Posted by PixelFreakz View Post
This^. Smaller the better. ATX if you want to have full pcie lanes. matx for 2x x-fire, SLI ONLY @ x8x8. No big difference btw the two.
fewer micro mobos support aggressive overclocking as well, but yes the high end ones still have all the features you should need
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post #34 of 66
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Originally Posted by Kvjavs View Post
mATX FTW

You can get smaller cases and less flashy. You could also hide them like under a stack of magazines depending on which you get. Nobody would notice.
Agreed, or even mini-ITX, which is smaller than mATX. With your setup, it's definitely an option, since your parts don't put out that much heat and you don't have any fancy CF/SLI setups.



The Sugo SG05 is my suggestion. It's a small case yet can fit a 9" card with no issue. The stock PSU is plenty powerful as well. My friend is running a Q9550 + HD5770 in that case with no heat or power issues whatsoever. I've even seen i7s paired with 5770s running in that case and stock PSU.

If you don't need more than one PCI-E slot for your GPU and don't plan on using any other cards (sound cards, second GPU, etc), I think you'll love this case, esp since most mini-ITX boards also come with wifi onboard as well.
post #35 of 66
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Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post
fewer micro mobos support aggressive overclocking as well, but yes the high end ones still have all the features you should need
Idk. I have a i7 870 (which is one of the harder 1156's to oc) @4.02GHz in my case. but it does have an h50. It is a high end matx board, but it doesn't Break the bank. Got it for $125.
Make sure you get a board with a LOTES socket if you want to OC though. You get less socket burnout. I think some EVGA and all MSI boards have this. The one my board has is a Foxconn socket.
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post #36 of 66
Avoid a case with top fans. I've seen too many college students get their rigs wiped out by some moron spilling their beer into the top of the case thru top fan openings. You want a case with a solid top.
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post #37 of 66
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Yes. Get a small case to make theft even easier!
I never said get a small case to prevent theft. Thats the purpose of the word ALSO in the sentence, the small case is there so you can carry it easier and it will fit in your small dorm better. I was saying be careful because dorm theft happens quite a lot (at least in my college).
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post #38 of 66
Avoid parties in the dorm room where there's drinking and you'll avoid the "beer in rig" plague, also less drinking = less bathroom visits, meaning less chance for people to open it up and pocket nice expensive i7s.
Go small case and see if you can find a spot where it will be away from accidental spillage and harder to see. Bring a cheap stereo for tunes for when you have guests over.
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post #39 of 66
I'd get a full tower.

More room to work with, better airflow.
Arguably harder to steal?
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post #40 of 66
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HAF X, so people know you are a boss.nerd.
Fixed.

Can I chime in and possibly suggest getting a laptop with a discrete graphics card?

First semester of college I was at engineering school and took my desktop. Was nice to have in the dorm, but a complete pain to lug back and forth during breaks and a headache to worry about.

Switches schools after year one, got a 14" thinkpad w/ an nvidia 140M (this was 2006) and had no issues getting my gaming fix, plus its alot easier to take to the say.. library, class, lounge, etc..

Not to mention (I hate to say it this way) but it screams normal. College is about the people you meet and the opportunities you create. Sitting in your room between classes in one thing, spending your evenings/nights on your PC is gonna be something you regret.

Just my

No need to flame, criticize, just offering some advice from someone whos been there. Regardless, have fun living away =D
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