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Epox EP-8KHA+ with Socket 462 Mainboard
This page provides an overview of what makes up a standard desktop PC case with illustrations demonstrating what a typical full tower, mid tower, and mini-tower case looks like.
 
How To Migrate To A New Case Design
This document will outline concepts associated with migrating to a new case type. In this article, I provide a case by case comparison between a variety of units to help you make a smarter, more economical buying decision when upgrade time comes
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What Is Onboard / In The Case and What Makes Up The Case Architecture
Introduction
The desktop is more much more wider then the mini-tower and is designed to sit on a desk with the monitor being supported on the top of the unit. Ventilation is typically provided at both sides and at the back of the case. The standard desktop case has support for two floppy drives, one CD-Rom drive, and three other IDE devices depending on the type of system. It's standard for a desktop to support a keyboard, two serial ports, one parallel port, a power outlet, and various expansion slots. The back of a desktop is shown in the following illustration.
The Tower ( Front View )

The ATX Tower Case

The more popular type of case unit is labelled either the mini-tower, mid-tower, or tower respectively with each type of case slightly larger than its predecessors. The tower differs a great deal in terms of size considering it is a stand-up or vertical unit and is a more popular choice for system builders as it tends to offer better ventilation and upgradability. The principles of all tower cases remain the same and they are only different in size. The full tower is larger and taller than the mid tower, and by comparison, the mini tower is smaller then the mid tower. Any standard tower case has support for three optical drives, three hard disk drives, and two floppy drives with the floppy drive housing segments normally capable of housing an additional hard drive for added storage capabilities.

The Tower (Side View)
The ATX Tower Case
The Tower ( Backside View )
The ATX Tower Case

 

 
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