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Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

Big things can come in small packages, as we show you how to make a gaming rig that won't clutter the desktop.
By: Andrew Jones | Editorials in Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 21, 2009 1:51 pm
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Give me Fuel, Give me fire...

 

If you are like me and live in a cramped room with barely enough room to swing a cat-5 cable, you will definitely appreciate the necessity of space.

 

I've had a monster of a system taking up half my desk for months and while I love having a full on water-cooled beast in a giant tower case with more expansion than I can possibly fill, it's time to shrink it down a notch.

 

Today we are going to look at how to compactify a new rig build into a smaller yet classy enclosure.

 

For this article we worked with ZOTAC and Silverstone to build a rock solid system without breaking the bank.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

ZOTAC were kind enough to supply their nForce 9300 mATX based motherboard along with a GTS 250 graphics card to really give this system a kick!

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Silverstone kindly supplied a 500-watt short-cable edition PSU, which goes nicely with their SG03 aluminium mATX case pictured below.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

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