Solved Possible to build a gaming PC using Micro ATX?

Custom / CUSTOM
October 6, 2015 at 07:27:46
Specs: Windows 10, I5
Hello, two questions please.

1. Is it possible to build a gaming PC using a micro ATX case/mobo etc. I travel a lot and want to have something easier to transport from room to room. I bought a gaming laptop but that thing got super hot under low load even with a cooling pad.

2. If so, is there a particular mobo and graphics card you recommend? I always like Geforce. I only want to push older FPS games like Quake Live and Counterstrike and maintain a smooth constant framerate on medium to low graphics settings.


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#1
October 6, 2015 at 08:35:15
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It is entirely possible to build a powerful gaming PC with a microATX or smaller form factor. MiniITX is another possibility, being even smaller yet and commonly used for home theater PC's (essentially a PC console for the living room). "Gaming" laptops tend to always run hot, and depending on how the cooling solutions were built may never reach full performance.

As for hardware, something like this ASUS GeForce GTX 950 STRIX would probably work. It's a fairly small card, and while you may still have problems fitting it into an ITX case, it'll work fine for a microATX case.

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#2
October 7, 2015 at 13:54:06
"Is it possible to build a gaming PC using a micro ATX case/mobo etc"

Of course it is. However, the width of the case generally doesn't change much, just the height & possibly the depth.

"is there a particular mobo and graphics card you recommend?"

Can't recommend a board without knowing which CPU you wanna use & how much you're willing to spend. We'd need a budget for a graphics card as well. The Tom's Hardware "best graphics" series hasn't been updated in a while but hopefully this article is helpful:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#3
October 8, 2015 at 21:39:01
Sorry I plan to use an Intel I5

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