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Captainoz

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I'm a first time builder looking to make myself a PC to replace my old laptop. I wanted something fun and compact so I started looking at the smaller "cube" systems that can be built from parts etc.

After going through Novatech.co.uk I found all the parts I wanted except the case which I found here.

A quick glance at the sizes and I thought that my motherboard etc would fit in comfortably. Then I checked again before printing off the list of componants and noticed a possible problem.

The motherboard setup claims it is "miniATX" whilst the case is a "microATX".

After trawling the search engines I ended up more confused than ever. Are these the same thing or do I have to find a different case?

Cheers!
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"miniATX" i have never heard of but it looks like the mobo is a microATX board from looking at the mounting holes.
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Yeah it is more than likely just a mistake on there part, check on ebuyer and overclockers i have found them the cheapest with the best selection of parts available.
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Ok, thanks very much for all that help. On checking the measurements and details from a few other sites I now know I can use the case I wanted.

Now comes the big part...

I'm pretty sure I've got all the components listed that I wanted and have managed to keep to my sub-£1,000 budget. Just.

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the setup I've picked but, being totally new to this, I've probably screwed something up. I wanted something for university that I can upgrade when I need to, that is compact, has wi-fi capability, an acceptable video card with dual-display feature and a decent enough sound card as I like to play games as well as use music recording/creation software. Room for storage expansion was also on the list (just in case). The whole thing will run on Windows XP Home (unless I change my mind and go for Pro).

Opinions / advice?

The Case
The Motherboard Bundle
The Video Card
The Soundcard
The HDD
The DVD/CD-RW Drive
The Wireless Card
Card Reader Bay

The input devices, monitors and speakers are all high(ish) end which I already have.

Howzat?
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