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Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig - You spin me right round...

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

You spin me right round...

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Silverstone are one of these clever manufacturers who realise the key things with anything that spins is noise, so to help dampen your cooling fan of choice, they include some silicone washers to make your life a little quieter.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Once the fan is mounted you can see there is only a few millimetres of clearance between the base heatsink and the fan hub, but that's all we need!

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

The HS/F has to be securely fastened to the motherboard, so a backing plate is used instead of the flimsy plastic push clips on some heat sinks (I always end up breaking them).

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

This is starting to look vaguely reminiscent of installing a block for a water-cooling system.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

The base of the heatsink allows you to attach brackets for different mounting options, including AMD flavours.

 

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