m-atx mobo and case recommendation?

  keef66 11:30 08 Feb 08
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I want to build a new desktop around a Wolfdale E8400 CPU and an 8800GT 512mb graphics card.

Thing is, I'd like the case to be as compact as possible, stylish and understated, rather than a huge gaming case bristling with fans, lights and devil horns.

Can anyone suggest a suitable m-atx case and fsb1333 mobo??

  howard64 10:28 10 Feb 08

the first step must be to get the dimensions of these bits. Then go to one of the suppliers such as novatech; dabs; microdirect or misco etc., and look at the details of their cases. Sorry I cannot be more help than this as the parts you mention I have no knowledge of.

  Stuartli 10:43 10 Feb 08

A midi-tower is not all that much larger than an mATX case, but will also allow the fitment of an ATX motherboard without the expense of buying a new case in the future.

You also have to remember that many mATX power supply units are around 275w maximum.

One case specialist is:

click here

  keef66 20:20 10 Feb 08

I'm coming to the same conclusion as Stuartli; it looks like mobos with the features I want only come in ATX size, so I may as well choose a stylish midi tower.

  skidzy 20:44 10 Feb 08

keef66 i can see you have ticked resolved,however i would also consider that your graphics card is not the smallest,coupled with the cables and need for airflow and no idea how many drives you will install.... i would go for a standard size atx case.

Ive just repaired a computer with a midi case and everything was so tight inside....so tight i could not see the dual bios jumper due to the fact of cables wrapped under the hdd laying across the mobo.

Not untill i stripped it right out could i see the bios jumper.

Just thought it worth a mention.

Good luck with the build,nice cpu :-)

  Stuartli 23:14 10 Feb 08

This is a good case if you can find one around this price and in stock(!):

click here

Review:

click here

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