I'm stuck here with a gigantic case which I'd now rather switch for a smaller one. I participate in a lot of LAN events and I therefor would like a rig with the ability to maintain low temps and include larger parts.
To start off, I've got no idea what ATX, ITX and theese abreviations actually means, so you tell me what to look for
Theese parts HAS to be installed in the case:
Asus P7P55D-e PRO
Sparkle GeForce GTX460
Intel i5 760
2x2GB DDR3 RAM
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
Another DVD player
And I also have a few parts which not is of greater importance, and therefor not must be installed.
An external NIC
Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler
The price is not relevant. The price may not be compromised by less cooling neither.
You need an ATX case, but that first one I linked is called a "mini ATX" so it will fit a regular sized ATX board. MicroATX cases and ITX cases are much too small to fit your motherboard. The main difference between motherboard sizes is the amount of expansion (PCIe) slots, so you can imagine an mATX or ITX case literally cuts off the bottom portion.
Will a smaller case maintain the same low temperatures then? Sure, it might not fit my current huge CPU-cooler, but the airflow better be enough no matter what it costs. And also, will theese tiny cases allow a GTX460 to be installed?
A smaller case does not necessarily mean bad air flow, hence high temps, might mean everything more cramped so accumulative heat may be an issue. I've never used a mini-ATX case, but I assure that the Antec 300 will fit all your parts and more, and keep the same temps.