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Moving into a micro ATX case?

ms2000 1,314 32 March 5, 2016 at 07:29 PM
My micro ATX mobo is inside a mid tower case

If I were to move into a microATX case, do I need a different power supply?

Any other tips?

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Quote from ms2000 View Post :
My micro ATX mobo is inside a mid tower case

If I were to move into a microATX case, do I need a different power supply?

Any other tips?
There isn't really a micro atx case standard, so it depends on the case, but typically they use regular ATX power supplies. The thing to be careful about is the depth of the power supply. Standard ATX power supplies vary in depth, and micro atx cases often don't have nearly as much clearance between components. Other things to be careful about are oversized heatsinks and long graphics cards.

Basically, figure out which case you want, read the manual, and do a lot of measuring. In small form factor cases, spaces for components will often overlap, so just because a case can fit a bunch of components doesn't mean it can fit them all at the same time.
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There isn't really a micro atx case standard, so it depends on the case, but typically they use regular ATX power supplies. The thing to be careful about is the depth of the power supply. Standard ATX power supplies vary in depth, and micro atx cases often don't have nearly as much clearance between components. Other things to be careful about are oversized heatsinks and long graphics cards.

Basically, figure out which case you want, read the manual, and do a lot of measuring. In small form factor cases, spaces for components will often overlap, so just because a case can fit a bunch of components doesn't mean it can fit them all at the same time.
I agree with quotian, you can do it if your power supply and your video card(s) along with all of your other required cards will fit.

To give you better advice we would need to know the existing computer [is it a gamer?] and the new case that you want to use. Basically you should find your answers for yourself, otherwise down the road something won't work and you would say "Yea, but dale said"...Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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THis is what I am considering:
http://frys.com/product/8708941?s...IN_RSLT_PG


The dimension is:
14.0” (D) x 13.3” (W) x 4.0” (H)

My mid tower psu is 6" in width - believe it is called ps-II form factor but we never referred it as since that was the only type available then.

I learned that VSK2000-U3 (above) takes TFX form factor psu. So I can not move it inside this case. Pls let me know if I miss something.

I find the info on the web is misleading.
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Just know if you move to a smaller case but keep the same PSU, you'll have to deal with the limited space for cabling. That may be a pain and a half to adjust to compared to a mid-size case where cabling can be tied and routed far easier.
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Also, smaller cases mean less room for expansion, specifically drive bays. I was in the market for a case to build a plex server. I wanted to go small initially, but couldn't find a case that was small and had as many drive bays as I wanted.
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