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What are the disadvantages of a mini-ITX cases/mobos?

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August 8, 2013 2:13:54 PM

Hey all!

My buddy just finished his build using a BitFenix Prodigy (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

It's a mini-ITX case that was released last year. It requires a mini-motherboard. The case itself can fit a single, full sized GTX 770 w/ water cooling. When I saw this case, I instantly fell in love. When I built my computer (end of 2011), this baby was not yet released. Admittedly, I'm envious of my friends system. Mini cases never appealed to me aesthetically or practically until now.

Anyways, I'm currently upgrading my system, and next on my list is a new case. Naturally, I'm considering just waiting until I have enough dough to buy a Prodigy with a mini-mobo to transfer my components. I don't SLI, so space isn't a huge issue. It seems like a mini case is just fine if you have a nice cooling system. It's either this, or go big with a full tower Colossus or Phantom.

But I wonder, what are the disadvantages of a mini-mobo and mini-case? Was I wise to stick with a tower, or are the disadvantages of a mini-case like the Prodigy irrelevant if you're not running SLI?

Thanks!

August 8, 2013 2:38:14 PM

It's really just that it's slightly harder to build in (because of cramped size), and some of the components are pricier.

Some PSUs are too long for it as well.
August 8, 2013 8:44:58 PM

The Prodigy is a lot more like a normal PC though - think the difference between ATX and µATX, then go further. Technically it's a DTX case (ITX with second slot for dual-slot GPU coolers).
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