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Build Advice Considering My Options

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by freshsandwiches, 9 Feb 2016.

  1. freshsandwiches

    freshsandwiches Can I do science to it?

    9 Aug 2009
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    I'm after some advice.

    My current system was first built in 2007 and is a bit like Triggers broom right now. See my sig for the spec.

    I live in a one bedroom flat (when I moved in the PC came with me). I'm thinking of getting rid of my workstation and getting a proper dining room table.

    Therefore is it worth assembling another desktop? Could I build one with a smaller form factor?

    Should I just accept the fact my flat is tiny and buy a gaming laptop?

    Could probably afford to spend about £1000.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Dan848

    Dan848 New Member

    25 Sep 2009
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    What do you use your computer for, or what will you be using your computer for if you build a new one?

    Most small size desktop PCs do not provide enough cooling for high speed CPUs and GPUs. A gaming laptop will not be any better and will probably provide worse performance compared to a small desktop PC. I know of at least one company that had horrible overheating issues with gaming laptops.

    EDIT: I just looked up the dimensions up for that case, they are 18.50" x 8.10" x 17.00" and the case is heavy, close to 20 pounds. I suggest you go to a local computer store, if there is one near, and look at modern cases. I consider my case large, a Cooler Master HAF 922 [high air flow with 200mm fans]; it is about 22" deep, 8.5" wide, and 19" tall - not that far from what you have, however, mine is modern and can use long video cards and tall CPU air coolers, for example.

    If you cannot go to a store with your rule [for measuring] in your pocket, look up cases on the internet; some are made for small form factor motherboards. Just make sure it has good cooling and is big enough to hold whatever video card and CPU cooler you want to use.

    Last edited: 11 Feb 2016

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