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Offline Bruce Edwards  
#1 Posted : Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:02:59 AM(UTC)
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So I am in the process of specking up a replacement gaming PC. It needs to be something that can be moved once per week between rooms, so full tower is definitely out.

More portable is better, but I enjoy having a powerful beast with space to expand and good thermals. Given this, it seems hard to go past many of the ATX boards and cases available.

I have been looking at intels i7 Range, given that for me clocks are more important than core count, however the new i9 range also looks great (more high turbo cores and direct solder to die!)

So I guess I’m looking for advice on;

Are there any small, well built ATX cases on the market?
... or, any good mATX motherboard combinations?
Or have I missed a trick, and is mITX the new hotness?
Aaand how far away is the new range of i9 boards and cpus? (I have time available this week and next, so if i9 stock is months away it makes the decision easier].

Sorry for the vague question - this is a bit of a fishing trip on my part.
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Offline Thomas - CL  
#2 Posted : Thursday, 11 October 2018 2:05:49 PM(UTC)
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Afternoon Bruce,


There are a few decent sized ATX cases in the mid tower size that offer ease of building and usability without being oversized.


Personally I'd go for an S340 Elite or an H500/ h500i

https://www.computerloun...entview.asp?partid=28322

https://www.computerloun...entview.asp?partid=31028

https://www.computerloun...entview.asp?partid=31023


The smallest ATX case is the meshify C though longer Graphics cards like the Strix series can be a bit too long to fit.

https://www.computerloun...entview.asp?partid=31151


The New i9 Boards and CPUs are due to start shipping on the 19th of this month :)

for your use you will be looking at either the 9700k for $729.95 (8 core, 8 Thread) or the 9900k for $949.95 (8 core, 16 thread)
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860 Evo 500GB + 4TB HHD & 6TB HDD
GTX 1080ti Strix
S340 Elite Hyperbeast
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Offline Bruce Edwards  
#3 Posted : Thursday, 11 October 2018 9:56:47 PM(UTC)
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Brilliant - thanks Thomas!

Off to start pricing and comparing!
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#4 Posted : Friday, 12 October 2018 12:24:01 PM(UTC)
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Afternoon Bruce,


Not a problem mate, happy to help :)
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