Micro ATX Build. Do I have to sacrifice performance?

Hey, everyone, I just typed up this long question and erased it all, because I want to start simple.

Lets say I want 8GB ram, and a $200 - $300 video card and a $200 - $300 processor, 120GB - 128GB SSD, DVD Burner and a sufficient power supply all in a Micro ATX case. Is it possible? :o

What about if I want a 2 TB HDD on the outside with at lease eSata or usb 3.0 speed? Do they make motherboards/cases that will handle this?

Thanks!
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  1. My Buy Time is between now and October. My monitors are dual 1680x1050. I look around first, but always end up shopping at Newegg, and I'm in America. I would put productivity software first, gaming second, small form factor third, watching/encoding video fourth and no blinking or glowing or neon lights fifth.
  2. There's no reason you can't get that in an mATX build. If you wanted more memory or more than dual-GPUs, it could be a problem. I believe most mATX cases will hold 2 hard drives. It's really only when you get into the super small form factors that it becomes a problem.

    See this Gigabyte board for most of what you're looking for on an H55 board, X58 or AM3 should be easier to find.
  3. The mATX must accommodate a big video card, not all of them can do that.
  4. NZXT vulcan is most deff a Matx machine with plenty of room for cooling and SLI/cfx

    check this video out

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ZLy20I2L8

    pretty much proves my point :p
  5. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
    We must ascertain use of rig to justify 8GB RAM, etc
  6. 8GB of Ram is for Photoshop, visual studio, gaming and opening 200 firefox tabs with firebug at once. I'm going 64 bit, so i might as well take advantage of more addressable memory.

    Can it be done with 2x4BG sticks?
  7. Thanks Everyone, Just wondering: What are the most powerful small form factor video cards. Is heat going to be my main enemy if I get a Micro ATX case?
  8. The 1366 platform is quite hot. You can get the AM3 or 1156.
  9. secondsystem said:
    Thanks Everyone, Just wondering: What are the most powerful small form factor video cards. Is heat going to be my main enemy if I get a Micro ATX case?

    Small form factor video cards. Wha? You mean low profile? Well that depends...

    Just to show you a really powerful mATX motherboard, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658&cm_re=rampage_iii_gene-_-13-131-658-_-Product
  10. Actually i do up more SFF/mATX these days and for these kind of rigs forget about CF/SLI and find out after market HSF height limitation as per casing of choice (if applicable) before buying hehe
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