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Any Advice on a Micro Atx build

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December 31, 2013 9:55:22 AM

I'm looking into a Micro ATX self build and was wondering what advice people could give me In my Endeavour. I've got a spare Asus 7790 OC II to go into the build after upgrading a while back on my main pc, but im worried that the cases wouldn't support the larger size of the card, also what sort of case it best it needs to be portable and not too heavy. I'll be using a i5 2500 none k and possibly changing the gpu, however im stuck on the best motherboard to go for and what sort of size components can fit into these smaller builds. Looking for other suggestions on things such as ram for this mid - low endish build.

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December 31, 2013 10:05:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock B75M R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $364.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 13:05 EST-0500)
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December 31, 2013 5:32:22 PM

Without a budget and country it's a bit speculative as anything is only good if it comes at the right price.

What I would say is that if you are looking for portability, then ITX is likely to give you much better resolution than mATX.
Most mATX cases are slightly shorter standard tower cases. In the case of the Prodigy M, it's shallow in depth but remarkably wide and this can conflict with a compact goal (also I don't like it much due to a confusing layout).

There are a large number of ITX cases on the market which can support a much longer graphics card than the one you plan on using, as well as other high performance components. The only real limitation is the reduced number of expansion slots, ports, and DIMM sockets. It's definitely worth a look.
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