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Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig - Baby got back...

Big things can come in small packages, as we show you how to make a gaming rig that won't clutter the desktop.

| Editorials in Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 21, 2009 1:51 pm

Baby got back...


Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig


At the back there are a plethora of ports, including 6 channel audio, HDMI, DVI, VGA, USB and Coaxial audio out. I must say I'm a little disappointed not to see an optical output here; it should be a given now that if there's coax, there's optical.


Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig


A nice trend to see is the inclusion of onboard buttons on the motherboard for power and reset. ZOTAC realise their customers will probably dabble in the world of over clocking, so they save you the hassle of having to wire up the case switches if you wanted to run this board in a test rig.


Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig


Moving on to matters of cooling now, the NT06 heatsink is a copper piped and aluminium finned beast that can take a 120mm fan. I like the feature on top of the copper contact plate; there is a mini heatsink to help with cooling in an area that is almost definitely a hot-spot.


Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig


Not a huge amount of room between the fins and the base; a quick estimate puts it at about a 28/29mm gap. But this is enough to fit a fan in between there.


Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig


So that's what I did. Deciding to shove the fan in between the base and the fins means that this cooler will fit beneath the PSU when it mounts in the mATX case. Just wait and I'll show you what I mean.


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