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I need some advice about a pc I want to build.
I'll be putting in an E8500 CPU, a Nvidia 9800 card, 1 Terabyte hard drive.
OS will be XP Pro for now and eventually going to Windows 7.
Using it for some gaming, music, videos and SOHO.
Can a Micro-pc with air cooling keep me cool enough or do I need to go with a mid tower?
And can a micro motherboard handle all of the above?
I'm still pretty new to pc building and need some help with this.
Thanks.
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A Micro can do it, you just need to have the proper cooling, and good cable management. Also, overclocking will be at a minimum due to heat.
 

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for the price difference between a micro and mid tower, i'd go with the mid-tower. I'm using a 690 and have another build started/revamped in a mini tower (cm-330) and it's going to be more of a hassle to build in the 330.. and to get adequate cooling, etc.
 

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i had a micro case and a few micro mobos a few years back and I hated it. i didnt have any room to fit anything and could never get the chipsets or fit the gfx cards that i wanted to. i would avoid micro atx unless you are building with the intent of keeping things small.
 

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Thanks all of you for the suggestions.
I think after looking at what you said and some of your rigs, I'm going with a small mid-tower. Possibly the Lian Li PC-60F.
I also got some good ideas for a better video card if I can afford it and my wife doesn't catch on.
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