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what is the diff between midtower and full, and whats better? ty in advnace

and will all cases work with AthlonXP processors and mobos? Cause the cases I want say: P4 Compatible......doesnt say anything about athlons...they are ATX like my mobo
 

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Any ATX case will work. Intel and AMD cases are physically the same. Full is bigger then Midtower, and anything below midtower in size is not even worth considering.

Generally the bigger the case, the more space, ventilation, and bays. A properly designed and ventilated case is very important for the components in it, plus it adds flexibility. Midtower is the 'normal' size. You have to be careful with the powersupplies included in most cases. These may or may not be P4 or AMD approved or may be very low quality. Even though the claim to be 400Watt, their true output may be more like 350 watt or much less.

Do you have a specific case in mind?
 
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'P4 Compatible' usually refers to the power supplies in the cases, and that just means that they have the extra power cord needed by P4 motherboards.

Mid tower cases are normal sized cases, and should suit you just fine. Full size cases are a lot taller, and have more bays inside for drives and such....but they really are quite big.

Most of them are probably ATX, and it's pretty safe to assume that they are if they say 'P4 ready'. Those poer quppleis are also compatible with AMD processors, you just don't use the extra power connectors.
 
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