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Need help choosing between mATX and ATX for rendering and gaming

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March 6, 2014 9:01:13 PM

Hey guys, I need help with choosing between an mATX and ATX build. I've been planning for a mATX build because I need the size to be small but my friend made me very paranoid about cooling troubles. Here they are respectively:

mATX Build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2S7oH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2S7oH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2S7oH/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $523.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-06 23:40 EST-0500)

ATX Build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2SbLg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2SbLg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2SbLg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($195.99 @ Staples)
Case: Cooler Master N400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $563.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-06 23:41 EST-0500)


Don't worry about the different video cards, I'm personally going between them both budget-wise. I'll be using this build for Blender and Adobe Suite multitasking and gaming, more specifically Witcher 2 at a pretty decent rate. I don't plan on overclocking or setting up sli crossfire stuff.
Also, if you're suggesting another component, know that my budget's around $500-600.
Thanks in advance.
March 6, 2014 9:10:47 PM

The second build with r9 270 is better than gtx 660
I suggest get r9 270x
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March 6, 2014 9:15:51 PM

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/carbide-series-200r-compac...
has placement for 5 120mm fans (top and bottom of case).
I have the antec one case that the same size of these cases with i5 3570 cpu and a 770 gpu never had an issue with heat using a full size atx mb in the case. (have two fans blowing out and one pulling cool air from bottom of case).
atx mb will have more slots if you need to sli or add a sound card or wifi card latter. if your not going to sli or crossfile you can use an mini atx case.
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March 6, 2014 9:30:12 PM

nashdes001 said:
The second build with r9 270 is better than gtx 660
I suggest get r9 270x




Thanks for the suggestion! I was leaning towards the r9 270 because of the cpu but I also heard the gtx 660 is pretty good for both 3D rendering and gaming. I'll definitely go with the r9 270, though the mining inflation is still in effect.
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March 6, 2014 9:34:09 PM

smorizio said:
http://www.corsair.com/en-us/carbide-series-200r-compac...
has placement for 5 120mm fans (top and bottom of case).
I have the antec one case that the same size of these cases with i5 3570 cpu and a 770 gpu never had an issue with heat using a full size atx mb in the case. (have two fans blowing out and one pulling cool air from bottom of case).
atx mb will have more slots if you need to sli or add a sound card or wifi card latter. if your not going to sli or crossfile you can use an mini atx case.


That seems like it'd put my mind at ease about cooling problems and looks nice too!
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March 6, 2014 9:55:58 PM

one tip buy good slient fans...if you max out the fans in a case pick up a 30.00 fan controller. having 120mm fans running at max speed can drive some people up the wall.
most motherboard have a few fan headers for case fans.
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March 8, 2014 6:46:58 PM

smorizio said:
one tip buy good slient fans...if you max out the fans in a case pick up a 30.00 fan controller. having 120mm fans running at max speed can drive some people up the wall.
most motherboard have a few fan headers for case fans.


Thanks for the fan advice, I was wondering if there was something to help with fans!
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