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Mini itx//micro atx for afforadable portable gaming

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March 23, 2011 9:42:27 PM

Hi, im looking to build a portable pc mostly for mid-high gaming i have been doing alot of research involving the build seeing as i am a first time builder.

Is micro ATX better suited for gaming then a mini ITX setup? and if so what would offer me more bang for my buck?

money is a factor for my build, i want to find components that meet my needs, yet dont break my bank, i was thinking about building my system then saving for a graphics card later on, any advice would be great and thanks in advance

Steve
March 24, 2011 5:10:22 AM

Micro ATX would be better for gaming but Mini ITX would still work. I think you should go with Micro ATX.
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March 24, 2011 6:33:31 AM

Trackmark said:
Hi, im looking to build a portable pc mostly for mid-high gaming i have been doing alot of research involving the build seeing as i am a first time builder.

Is micro ATX better suited for gaming then a mini ITX setup? and if so what would offer me more bang for my buck?

money is a factor for my build, i want to find components that meet my needs, yet dont break my bank, i was thinking about building my system then saving for a graphics card later on, any advice would be great and thanks in advance

Steve

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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March 26, 2011 11:37:35 PM

Mini-ITX is well suited to portable gaming. It offers most of the features of larger formats and is small enough to be moved around easily. There's some good information on building mini-ITX gaming rigs here.

If you stick to a build with integrated graphics (H67 or AMD), you be able to play most of your games (low to med settings) without needing a video card. When you add your graphics card later, your games will be prettier.
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March 29, 2011 9:41:44 PM

Hmm for bang for buck and in the interests of ventilation, etc i would say mATX trumps itx and ya i do up SFF/Shoebox gamers all the time hehe
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March 29, 2011 9:54:48 PM

whats your budget?

we can put something very basic for as little as $400 (athlon dual core, 3 generations old video card), but the more you spend, the better it gets
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March 29, 2011 9:59:01 PM

I would vote mATX because it seems you pay a premium for ITX cases. However, ITX would definitely work and the smaller size is an added bonus.
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