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How to choose a case for a PC

Computer case size

With micro ATX size motherboards being fine now even for power or gaming PCs the case need not be as large as once desired. In fact mini ITX motherboards are now or soon to be the next 'little' thing. Accordingly where Mid Tower size cases were once the gold standard, Mini Towers are now very acceptable and sometimes preferable because they're smaller and lighter. Mini Towers cases are still big enough for adding to and upgrading the components inside, when the need arises. A Mid Tower case just has even more free space, so it depends on your needs.

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Cooling and case fans

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Cooling is a critical attribute. The CPU, graphics chip, hard drives, pretty much everything needs to be kept cool, not just to perform well but also for longer life spans. Heat degrades components over time. One 12cm case fan is very much current tech in cooling. Get two case fans when needed, for example if you have heat producing extreme video card(s) installed. This is in addition to the power supply unit fan and the CPU fan. Separate video cards usually have their own fan too. Motherboard chipsets can have their own fan though many are now using heat pipes and heat sinks without a fan.

Steel or aluminum case

An aluminum case is a premium choice as it is a good conductor and transfers heat out rapidly. Aluminum is lighter than steel, so it gives your back a rest as well when you need to move your PC. Brushed aluminum looks great no doubt. On the other hand an aluminum case costs substantially more than steel, is not as strong, and there is no real increase in the computer's performance. We recommend steel unless you're looking for a premium experience.

Case connectors

Input jacks on the top or middle of the front of the case to connect audio and USB devices are more convenient than those at the back of the case or at the low end of the front. The USB jacks should be the USB3 standard, of course your motherboard should have USB3 headers to match. Devices you connect to your case can be USB3 or the slower USB2 or USB1, since USB3 is backwards compatible.

Computer case looks

And finally looks. We want a case that looks just great! We understand this is a personal choice, but you can't go wrong with a traditional, clean lines, nothing too fancy look.

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Linux interest and tech freedom articles!

Microsoft: 'Software is ultimately the biggest deflationary force' for businesses - Yahoo Finance, October 17, 2022:
Open source free software like Linux yes is deflationary, Microsoft not really. Kamil

Microsoft’s greed is killing Windows 11 for me - TechRadar, April 21st, 2022:

March 21st, 2022: Windows 11 will add a watermark if you use unsupported hardware - engadget

Dec 2, 2021: Microsoft’s new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome - The Verge

Oct 8, 2021: Amazon Delivery Partners Rage Against the Machines: ‘We Were Treated Like Robots’ - Yahoo Finance

Sep 10, 2021: Epic v. Apple ruling: Judge finds Apple's App Store restrictions violate antitrust law - Yahoo Finance

Aug 28, 2021: Why You Suddenly Need To Delete Google Chrome - Forbes

FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ‘since at least 2011’ in amended antitrust complaint - The Verge

Windows 11 Is Making It Absurdly Difficult to Change Browsers - GIZMODO

What the Linux Mint developers have pulled off is nothing short of astounding - TechRepublic

Fired by Bot at Amazon: ‘It’s You Against the Machine’ - Bloomberg News

PC users are furious about the new Windows 11 design - Creative Bloq

Epic v. Apple fight: Billions at stake as judge determines fate of App Store - Yahoo!

Google reportedly made it difficult for smartphone users to find privacy settings - The Verge

I looked at all the ways Microsoft Teams tracks users and my head is spinning - ZDNet

Microsoft just force restarted my Windows PC again to install more unwanted apps - The Verge

Disastrous Windows 10 update is reportedly breaking some PCs - TechRadar

With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low - The Verge

A million students and counting have learned Linux - ZDNet

Linux Mint 20: Still the best Linux desktop despite one quirk - ZDNet

What Operating System Is the Best Choice for Software Engineers? - Interesting Engineering
From the article "GNU/Linux is, hands down, the most highly acclaimed operating system for software engineering."

Microsoft: we were wrong about open source - The Verge

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