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I'm deciding on two final purchases for a new desktop computer, a motherboard and CPU. When I started buying components for this PC I was considering building it for a micro-ATX tower or even trying to get everything into an HTPC style case.
I need a powerful PC, but I'm also very minimalist. I don't need a lot of devices or ports for the machine. Mid towers are much bigger than I need as well as ones I've built for others. I find a Thermaltake HTPC case like this to be soo sexy and I'd love to be able to use this style of micro-atx case. But the big question is: is a modular ATX power supply compatible with micro-ATX cases, either the HTPC style or the tower style?
I see the downsides of using an HTPC or small tower cases due to smaller fans and more noise and heat etc. Are there really any other concerns? If I buy a micro-ATX motherboard it will need to run a I5-2500K (probably), an SSD, a 7200rpm HDD, and 2x2GB of RAM. Size really is only determined by how many ports and devices are needed on the motherboard and the quality can be the same versus an ATX motherboard correct?
I think it's too hard to find attractive micro-ATX towers. But many HTPC designs look nice. If I can't built my computer the way I want just because of the case, what do you other power but minimalist users do?