Atx vs mATX

I am building a system and am unsure of whether to get an ATX or mATX mobo.

CPU: Intel Core i5 (lga 1156)
GPU: Gts 250
Ram: 4 Gb DDR3 1600
PSU: 700 watts
HD: 500 Gb (or less SATA)
Case: mid tower or full atx
Sli/crossfire: no
Overclocking: yes (substantial)(from 2.6Ghz to about 3.6 - 3.8 Ghz)
Price range: $100 - $150
Prefered Vendor: Newegg or Tiger Direct

I want a good mobo but I am on a budget.
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  1. Well.

    1- If you want a mid tower or full tower, Why a mATX mobo?
    2- Usually the mATX mboo don't support Crossfire or SLI in a good way.
    3- Usually have video onboard, that, in gaming rig isn't good.
  2. I like matx mobos because it gves you the option to get a smaller case later and because itleaves more space to do case mods etc
  3. Do you have any recommendations for a mobo? I was looking at
    Also do i want to spend a little more for crossfire or sli???
    For example this:
  4. Ok, with "a little more", what do you mean? $100, $150, $200...
  5. From $100 - $140
    What did you think about the first link - that is the one i am currently favoring
  6. I meant $100 -$140 TOTAL
    what do you think of the ones i found

    also if i am going to put in 1 gts 250 (large gpu) do i need a full tower case?

    also i want to use ddr3 1600 - if that is not listed as a standard for the mobo can i still use that ram?
  7. Best answer
    Well, my advice, try to get the 1st mobo in the links. The mobo that you want only support Crossfire at x1, that is very slow.

    You can use a normal ATX case with that GPU, but with only $69.99 you can get a Antec Three Hundred Illusion, that's a very good case.

    Finally, the RAM could work at 1333 or 1600 with OC.
  8. Best answer selected by kingofsales.
  9. Thanks for all of the help

    i was actually looking at this case
  10. Looks as a good case. Any time that's why we are here, and good luck with your rig.
  11. thanks i really appreciate the assistance
  12. Don't worry men, that's the ide of the forum. If you need more help, feel free to ask.
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