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I'm looking into an i5-2500k build using an Asus Gene-Z micro-ATX board. I'm probably going to go with one of Fractal Designs' "Ark" offerings for the case, but I'm not sure if I should be looking into a mini or a mid tower.

It seems like the midi would be more versatile in the event that I replace these components later on with a full sized ATX board, but the smaller "mini" case is appealing. So...

- Is there any reason not to put a micro-atx board into a larger mid tower case?
- Are there any issues with cooling overclocked components and big video cards in a mini case? In the fractal Ark mini in particular?
- Any general opinions or advice regarding this... anything I should be taking into consideration?

Any input to sway me one way or the other is appreciated!!!
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- Is there any reason not to put a micro-atx board into a larger mid tower case?

Well the answer to that you might as well be putting a Full ATX board in..

Fractal Design "Arc" Midi is a great little case for a mATX board. Its got a grill at the front and the middle 3.5 cage can be turned or complety removed so that air can be brought to the gpu/cpu.
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I have the Midi, and am using it with a full sized ATX mobo. It is definitely a high quality case, and I did remove the middle HD cage so my graphics card could fit. I would go with a slightly larger case, so that you would be able to fit longer graphics cards when you upgrade.

I also think larger cases provide better airflow; you don't want to have everything close together and blocking airflow
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Getting great temps with my Arc mini and Gene-Z. At load, ~70C on my top 560Ti TFII and ~60 on my bottom one. Highest proc temp I've seen in a game was 58.

I have 6 total fans. Two stock Fractal 120s in the front (intake), two Yate Loons that came with the XSPC kit on top (intake), a half height scythe pwm fan in the back (exhaust), and the stock 140mm on the side panel (exhaust).

*edit*
Here's a crappy post-build excitement pic to give you an idea of the amount of space in the mini.

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Edited by Michalius - 10/20/11 at 10:14am
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