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December 27, 2013 11:57:11 AM

Hey guys!

One year ago I built my first PC and I'm still very happy with it. But for mobility reasons, I'm seriously thinking of going for a micro-atx build.
I would keep my older parts like my RAM, PSU (if it fits in the case), my HDD, my DVD reader and my big ass GPU. On the other hand, I'd buy a new micro-atx mini tower and a smaller motherboard.
What I'd like to know is if, speaking of cooling and performance, having a smaller PC is as good as having a bigger one with a bigger mobo? What am I sacrificing in doing do? This may sound like a stupid question with an obvious answer but I didnt get any info on that.
Keep in mind I'm not going to use more than one HDD and one GPU, nor will I need a water cooling system because I'll probably never overclock in my life. At least not for now.

Thank you for your time.

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December 27, 2013 2:51:33 PM

Many mid-towers will accept a full ATX board but I might suggest looking at mini-ITX (even smaller than micro-ATX) yet can offer all the same features except possible SLI/X-Fire.
Going from a full ATX to a micro-ATX board really doesn't sacrifice much, usually a few PCIe slots and possibly some SATA ports and fan headers, most are still capable of SLI/X-Fire (not all though). But back to mini-ITX... boards like the Asus Maximus Impact are full feature boards (Impact would be overkill for your usage, plus pricy) even though they have a very small footprint, something to consider.
To take a slightly different tack, there are carrying harnesses even for full tower cases like this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2789/han-24/GearGrip_... which could be an option
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December 27, 2013 3:35:29 PM

^ +1, If you want portability, mini-itx is the way to go. You will still be able to fit all your hardware but it will be much smaller than your ATX build. The difference between ATX and micro-ATX is not that much. As for the disadvantages of going smaller, you will lose some overclocking potential (not that you use it), and expandability, (again you mentioned you don't need it) so for you, the only disadvantage may be a slightly louder/warmer pc, but that shouldn't matter too much.
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December 28, 2013 2:38:13 PM

C12Friedman said:
Many mid-towers will accept a full ATX board but I might suggest looking at mini-ITX (even smaller than micro-ATX) yet can offer all the same features except possible SLI/X-Fire.
Going from a full ATX to a micro-ATX board really doesn't sacrifice much, usually a few PCIe slots and possibly some SATA ports and fan headers, most are still capable of SLI/X-Fire (not all though). But back to mini-ITX... boards like the Asus Maximus Impact are full feature boards (Impact would be overkill for your usage, plus pricy) even though they have a very small footprint, something to consider.
To take a slightly different tack, there are carrying harnesses even for full tower cases like this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2789/han-24/GearGrip_... which could be an option


bob hays said:
^ +1, If you want portability, mini-itx is the way to go. The difference between ATX and micro-ATX is not that much. the only disadvantage may be a slightly louder/warmer pc, but that shouldn't matter too much.


Thank you, I didn't even consider the mini-itx. But if you guys tell me such mini-itx mobos can support a huge gpu, 2 bars of ram and a few plugs for fans and only one hdd, then I'll go for that.
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December 28, 2013 3:17:47 PM

ClownWalker said:
C12Friedman said:
Many mid-towers will accept a full ATX board but I might suggest looking at mini-ITX (even smaller than micro-ATX) yet can offer all the same features except possible SLI/X-Fire.
Going from a full ATX to a micro-ATX board really doesn't sacrifice much, usually a few PCIe slots and possibly some SATA ports and fan headers, most are still capable of SLI/X-Fire (not all though). But back to mini-ITX... boards like the Asus Maximus Impact are full feature boards (Impact would be overkill for your usage, plus pricy) even though they have a very small footprint, something to consider.
To take a slightly different tack, there are carrying harnesses even for full tower cases like this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2789/han-24/GearGrip_... which could be an option


bob hays said:
^ +1, If you want portability, mini-itx is the way to go. The difference between ATX and micro-ATX is not that much. the only disadvantage may be a slightly louder/warmer pc, but that shouldn't matter too much.


Thank you, I didn't even consider the mini-itx. But if you guys tell me such mini-itx mobos can support a huge gpu, 2 bars of ram and a few plugs for fans and only one hdd, then I'll go for that.

Ya basically all mini-itx boards can do that. Just make sure to double check. The only downside, is most don't have many fan ports (cause of limited space in a mini-itx case, but you can just use fan splitters or a fan controller if you really need more.
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December 28, 2013 5:12:46 PM

C12Friedman said:
A fairly nice case for a mini-ITX might be the BitFenix Prodigy, you can see it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKIsrwS3fX4 you'll still be able to use your parts (most of them anyway) and it seems to be rather portable


I looked at it but I think I'll go with the CoolerMaster Elite 130, better for me.
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