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2 years ago#1
I've been looking to downsize my build into something more portable, as I move quite frequently, and was wondering which form factor I should pursue: mATX or mini-itx. Truth be told, I'm not quite sure what the difference is between the two.

To clarify: I'm only switching motherboards and case, and the rest of my build will be be the same.

Also, recommendations for a case would be nice. I'd like something with good cable management options. So far, I'm looking at the bitfenix prodigy/m.
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2 years ago#2
mini itx is smaller than micro atx.
2 years ago#3
also keep in mind mini-itx cases are usually more expensive
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2 years ago#4
micro ATX is just a cut down ATX. Mini ITX, then it is small.
2 years ago#5
it should be worth noting, you will have to put a lot of effort to make a gaming quality video card fit in a Mini ITX case while also maintaining proper airflow for cooling.

this is something that could potentially take you days.
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2 years ago#6
ChromaticAngel posted...
it should be worth noting, you will have to put a lot of effort to make a gaming quality video card fit in a Mini ITX case while also maintaining proper airflow for cooling.

this is something that could potentially take you days.


Uhh not really. A well designed mini ITX case like the Node 304 can handle a GTX 780 just fine. The main thing with mini ITX is that you can only have one graphics card.
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