Friend wants me to make a build for him and I have been thinking about the parts. I have always been an Asus ROG fan and wanted to build a PC using the Mobo. I am thinking about using the Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z m-ATX in the Cooler master 690 II Advanced Nvidia Edition.
Also will be using i5-2500 K, GTX 580 or maybe GTX 560ti in SLI, CM V8 CPU Cooler, 6-8GB RAM, 850 watt PSU.
I'm really not looking for full build advice so please dont ask me to fill out that form. I'm basically just wanting opinions on that board (performance wise) and the case. Also wanted to know if i should just stick to ATX over mATX.
ASUS ROG boards are pretty much the best enthusiast boards you can get. Overclocking is a breeze, and ASUS tends to be generous with those little extras that you don't think about needing.
I recommend full-ATX for the CM690 - you never know when you might need two more expansion slots (WiFi, Sound cards, RAID cards...), and your cards will have more room to breathe. High end cards are creeping up into triple-slot coolers this generation.
There's not much point in using an mATX board unless you're building into an mATX case, but of course YMMV.