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it was my impression that you really had to go up to m-atx to get those kinds of features, but thats largely conjecture, at the very least you definitely can get good oc and multiple slots with m-atx
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If you want to overclock, Mini ITX is not the way to go. The best Z68 mini ITX boards will only clock a 2500K or 2600K up to 4.2-4.3 GHz ish, even if the chips are capable of much more.

I suggest going up slightly in size and getting the micro-ATX Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z. It's an excellent board for overclocking and can reach the same high overclocks as the $300+ Maximus IV Extreme-Z. The two boards have almost identical power circuitry and all the overclocking options you could ever dream of.

Micro ATX cases also can be made quite small. Lian Li has a few options that are not that much larger than your average mini ITX case. So, if you want a monster rig in a small form factor, micro ATX is the way to go.
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Seems like a lot of people have had issues with that board. Especially in the area of overclocking.
Yeah, thats whats kinda of preventing me from getting the Zotac Z68 board too. Wonder if there is a better BIOS for it yet.
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it was my impression that you really had to go up to m-atx to get those kinds of features, but thats largely conjecture, at the very least you definitely can get good oc and multiple slots with m-atx
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If you want to overclock, Mini ITX is not the way to go. The best Z68 mini ITX boards will only clock a 2500K or 2600K up to 4.2-4.3 GHz ish, even if the chips are capable of much more.

I suggest going up slightly in size and getting the micro-ATX Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z. It's an excellent board for overclocking and can reach the same high overclocks as the $300+ Maximus IV Extreme-Z. The two boards have almost identical power circuitry and all the overclocking options you could ever dream of.

Micro ATX cases also can be made quite small. Lian Li has a few options that are not that much larger than your average mini ITX case. So, if you want a monster rig in a small form factor, micro ATX is the way to go.
You guys might be on the right track here and I was thinking that from the beginning but was hoping someone might come up with a better option then what I did.

I wanted to go as small as possible with the case. Any more specifics on my options for a m-ATX build?
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You guys might be on the right track here and I was thinking that from the beginning but was hoping someone might come up with a better option then what I did.

I wanted to go as small as possible with the case. Any more specifics on my options for a m-ATX build?
Lian-Li PC-V354 is an excellent choice (micro ATX) with great build quality and very versatile configuration options. If you remove one of the two drive bays you can fit very long graphics cards in the case. Plus you can fit two 120mm intake fans and a 140mm exhaust fan for good cooling in the case.

The dimensions of the PC-V354 are 245*320*420mm, which isn't that much larger than the comparable Mini ITX version (the Lian Li PC-Q08, which measures 227*272*345mm). The V354 is essentially 1 inch wider, 2 inches taller, and 3 inches longer.
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All mITX boards will only have one PCI/e slot, just because of the form factor. There isn't enough room to put a second one on the board, so you'll either only have a GPU or a sound card.
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Lian-Li PC-V354 is an excellent choice (micro ATX) with great build quality and very versatile configuration options. If you remove one of the two drive bays you can fit very long graphics cards in the case. Plus you can fit two 120mm intake fans and a 140mm exhaust fan for good cooling in the case.

The dimensions of the PC-V354 are 245*320*420mm, which isn't that much larger than the comparable Mini ITX version (the Lian Li PC-Q08, which measures 227*272*345mm). The V354 is essentially 1 inch wider, 2 inches taller, and 3 inches longer.
Was just looking at the V353 and its a bute...if not terribly expensive...but its so awesome LOL...will check out the 354 now...big question is will it fit a ALC unit on one of those 120mm fan areas?!?
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Was just looking at the V353 and its a bute...if not terribly expensive...but its so awesome LOL...will check out the 354 now...big question is will it fit a ALC unit on one of those 120mm fan areas?!?
I believe the 354 is smaller than the 353, so if small size is key the 354 may fit your needs better.

I've seen photos of people who have fit Corsair H70s into the front of a V354, so I know it can be done, You may have to remove both of the hard drive bays and mount the hard drive in or under the 5.25" bay. Lian Li actually sells an adaptor that converts your 5.25" drive bay into a mini 5.25" drive (for a slim DVD drive) PLUS a hard drive bay.
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Can't OC on H67 though.
Whoops, you're right. Didn't even think about OC'ing
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I believe the 354 is smaller than the 353, so if small size is key the 354 may fit your needs better.

I've seen photos of people who have fit Corsair H70s into the front of a V354, so I know it can be done, You may have to remove both of the hard drive bays and mount the hard drive in or under the 5.25" bay. Lian Li actually sells an adaptor that converts your 5.25" drive into a mini 5.25" drive (for a slim DVD drive) PLUS a hard drive bay.
I was looking at the 353 and I am not sure what size fans it supports...I'd have a problem with anything less than 120mm. Not sure on the PSU size either.

I would just go with the cheaper 354 you linked. It is also very nice. it is 2 inches taller but 2 inches thinner...close but slightly larger overall. Problem is I really like the fact the mobo lays flat on the 353.
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