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Opinions in regards to gaming ITX or mATX rig...

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June 19, 2013 8:10:16 PM

Hello all, I was going over my build options recently, scrolling through the forums, making final checks to everything, and I came across the idea of an ITX or mATX gaming rig, I would hope to have the same gaming ability as a bigger rig, such as ATX. I would also like to have the case have optimum airflow and cooling ability. Also, a card such as the 7870 or 660 ti card to fit in the case. This is both a challenge and an outreached arm for advice and help from you, the community. I would think an ITX or mATX build would cost less than a normal ATX build with the same kind of processor and graphics card. Thank you! Please respond with advice or suggestions if you please :) 
June 19, 2013 8:14:38 PM

TBH, mini ITX motherboards are actually a bit MORE expensive than your typical motherboards, because all the components are crammed onto a small board. For a case i would suggest a Bitfenix Prodigy, which is one of the coolest looking ITX cases i've seen. a uATX (u is similar to the symbol for micro), will be slightly cheaper, but some uATX cases aren't good at cooling. Get a uATX motherboard if you want to add more ram in the future (some models have 4 slots instead of 2). Get an ITX motherboard if you want good airflow. An ATX build won't cost you much more, so choose wisely.

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June 19, 2013 9:07:39 PM

mATX is marginally cheaper. ITX is often more exspensive. Pick what form factor you can accommodate.
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June 19, 2013 9:44:26 PM

Micro ATX motherboards can be up to 50% of the price of full ATX size motherboards. I would suggest a uATX in the middle (maybe $60 - $70) that will have 4 slots of ram, so you can skimp on ram right NOW, and buy another pair LATER.
June 19, 2013 9:55:42 PM

Thanks for all your guys' input, it really helped! So any suggestions on uATX boards?
June 20, 2013 12:38:46 PM

Eastside G said:
Thanks for all your guys' input, it really helped! So any suggestions on uATX boards?

A cheap one?
Maybe $40 - $50?