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I'd like to run an i5 2500, GTX 560, 1 SSD, 1 HDD.

I don't plan on doing any extreme ocing or gaming.

Simple, clean form factor is what I'm looking for. I hadn't considered a sub-ATX MB, but considering my needs it could be the way to go.

Are there any disadvantages to going with a smaller MB? I guess SLI/X-fire aren't supported but I doubt I would need a setup like that. Anything else I should take into account?

Does anyone have a good MB/case rec that might work well for me?

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The amount of Power Phases, smaller amount of RAM slots, usually less SATA ports. Thats about it.
    
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From what I can tell, the miniAtx platform seems to make a lot of sense for people like myself.

I could be wrong, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of choices for nice mini cases that would fit something like a GTX 560.

Open to recs...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-300-_-Product

Expensive, but it's a really nice case. My only pet peeve with it is that it has 8 tiny screws holding on the side panels instead of something easy like thumb screws. It's a pain to crack open when you need to change something inside, but it's a rock solid high quality case otherwise.
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I'm rocking an mATX. I have to tell you it's really not down to the motherboard, or the amount of ports. It will almost always come down to your graphics card.

I wish I knew more about small small cases but from what I have heard the Lanbox is pretty comfortable for larger cards? Could check it out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ake-_-11133044
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Accommodates a GTX 580!? Dang. That's a sweet case.
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Simple, clean form factor is what I'm looking for. I hadn't considered a sub-ATX MB, but considering my needs it could be the way to go.

Are there any disadvantages to going with a smaller MB? I guess SLI/X-fire aren't supported but I doubt I would need a setup like that.
"Sub-ATX" would include Micro ATX boards, plenty of which support SLI/crossfire. Mini-ITX boards, on the other hand, with just 1 expansion slot, do not.

MATX boards can be had that are 95% of ATX boards, in terms of capability. RAM slots, overclocking, multiple GPUs, etc.

With Mini ITX it's more like 75% - less RAM, less OC capability, so on. You can still build a very powerful system based on a mini-ITX board though, e.g., 2600k w/HD6990 or GTX 590.


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From what I can tell, the miniAtx platform seems to make a lot of sense for people like myself.

I could be wrong, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of choices for nice mini cases that would fit something like a GTX 560.

Open to recs...
A GTX 560 isn't a very tall order... Palit has a few that are just 7.4" (188mm) long. That's less than an inch longer than a mini-ITX motherboard. There are plenty of small cases that will fit that. Take a look at the Silverstone and Lian Li Mini ITX cases.

There is no "MiniATX."* There is Micro ATX and mini-ITX.


*Technically, "Mini ATX" is part of the official standard, but it's long since antiquated and no boards are made to that specification AFAIK.


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Accommodates a GTX 580!? Dang. That's a sweet case.
That's pretty big for a "small form factor" case, at ~36 liters. It will actually fit two, if you wanted, as it's mATX and has 5 expansion slots.

If that amazes you, the Silverstone SG07 must blow your mind - it can handle the longest graphics card on the market, an HD 6990 (or a GTX 590 for that matter, which is shorter), and it's only ~16 liters, less than half the size of the PC-V354B.
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well personally, i would go with the Maximus III gene, and the i7 875K, with the lian li case mentioned above, however, i do prefer full ATX boards,
    
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that lian li case has 0 cable management options
I do like the looks of it though

I wanna go with something smaller then minip180 aswell ... but cant find anything with similar airflow and cable management capabilities

I really like this case http://www.cubitek.com/products/chas.../features.html ...makes me wanna go mini-ITX ....2bad there is nothing similar for matx
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Have a look at the Silverstone Sugo 4. mATX is going to be receiving some fantastic boards soon, with the pending release of the Z68 boards, expect to see great things from Asus and eVGA.
    
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