Question Small form factor case and Texas heat, bad idea?

Loonmario

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My brother has a computer I built which is kind of big (Corsair 200r case) and there isn't much space in his new house. I was thinking about converting it to a small form factor case (micro-atx desktop) but the house gets to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) because the air conditioning is not on during the day when he's at work. He leaves the computer on 24/7. Is that too hot an ambient temperature for a small form factor case?
 

aigomorla

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depends on the matx case.

some of them are actually better then full size ones.
 
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This is the case I was looking at but I'm open to suggestions on other cases that are small.

https://www.amazon.com/Antec-Slim-Desktop-Micro-VSK2000-U3/dp/B015IYLSFS
This one probably won't work if he's got a GPU. Half-height slots.

Generally, the cooling system in a case will run a CPU a certain number of degrees above ambient. So if your temp is 60C now, and you go from a 70F house to an 86F house, your CPU temp will be ~69C. (More or less, various other thermodynamic principles notwithstanding.) So you probably don't have to worry about it too much.

The problem I'd be more concerned with is getting a smaller motherboard to fit the new case.
 

aigomorla

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as dave said you wont even need to worry about cooling on a gpu because its only half height.
It wont even fit a standard height gpu.
 

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