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Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig - Beastly!

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

Beastly!

 

Dual DVI outputs and a supplied HDMI converter means that you can hook it up to just about anything in hi-def.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

With the option to SLI, this means that if you hook two of these bad boys up you can run most modern games in all their graphic lustre without even noticing a dent in your FPS.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Slotting this beast in place, it fills all but one available PCI bracket at the back (not counting the PCI-E 1x), so there's room left over to install a wireless card or any additional expansion you choose.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

Finally, with the PSU in place the rig is complete and it's looking quite cramped in there now! - Cable tidying proves futile when there's so little space to hide them.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

To give you an idea of the temperatures, above is the system at idle after 30mins of running.

 

Building a Micro ATX Based Gaming Rig

 

And now after stress testing with Prime95 for 30mins we note the temperatures again. Not too shabby; it looks like my airflow plan paid off and there is little heat build-up inside the case.

 

Well, there you have it! A compact gaming rig that won't break your desk or your wallet and makes room for even more desk detritus!

 

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