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ITX has a single PCIe slot and 2 memory slots. that's the primary difference.

the VRM isn't as strong as something like a RoG mobo, but it's decent. enough to get a "safe" OC out of your system.

so gaming wise, you are "limited to" a single 690GTX and 16 gigs of RAM on a 3770k chip with no discreet soundcard. if that is not enough of a gaming system for you, then you'd better look into a mATX instead smile.gif most people would be satisfied with the spec's that an ITX can offer tho tongue.gif
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My budget limits me to one 7970ish card or SLI'ed some lower end cards. Every post I have read or video I have watched recommends going with one card. With my very limited PC experience and budget Ill stick to one gpu. As far " no discreet sound card" I was hoping that I could run my Astro headphone amp with the optical out of the mother board, I don't know what that means as far as quality of the sound I will get. I asume I would still get the dolby signal out of the motherboard for the amp. Feel free to correct me:)
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You can use a FiiO USB DAC if you need a headphone amp, e.g. FiiO E10:

 

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I have been running a FiiO DAC like the one pictured above and it has helped immensely when using my headphones. About the last issue I have found with ITX versus full sized is the damn cables. I absolutely loathe shortening cables on my own so I will have to measure for new ones and have someone cut down a second set of silverstone cables for me.

Besides that ITX takes lots of careful planning to make sure that everything is going to fit since there is so much less space then even an matx tower.
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If you have a Silverstone PSU, they have a shorter cable length set, the PP05.

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Take a look at the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced. That's the case I am gonna do my ITX build in. biggrin.gif
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The only issue with building m-itx is that you need more planning in order to pick parts that work in the case of your choice. For instance, I am using an SG08 and am limited to certain heatsinks due to how small the case is. Another example is if you were for example going to use the Fractal Node 305, then you would want a short power supply (140mm) in order to fit a long GPU.

You nailed the use of one GPU on an m-itx board, but I really don't see that as a real disadvantage because there are plenty of good dual gpu cards like the GTX 690. As for heat, it is a slight issue in much smaller cases, but that can be fixed by limiting overclocking on a CPU, using a good heatsink that fits the case, and sticking to reference blower GPUs that blow air out of the case.

Since you will be using a Prodigy, heat and compatibility of parts shouldn't be too much of an issue for you because the case is huge tongue.gif

I dont think 690s fit in most ITX cases (I am pretty sure it wont fit in a Prodigy)... You can fit a 680 in the larger ITX cases, but not all ITX cases.... Some only support low profile GPUs too.
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I dont think 690s fit in most ITX cases (I am pretty sure it wont fit in a Prodigy)... You can fit a 680 in the larger ITX cases, but not all ITX cases.... Some only support low profile GPUs too.

wutchoo talkin' 'bout willis!?

 

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Hmm Interesting.... I read from someone who was selling their GTX 690 that they are selling it because it does not fit in their Prodigy... thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif.
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The Prodigy will hold just about any gpu (that isn't 3 slot)

The average user/OCer will not find any major performance decreases by going with ITX (although, just like any motherboard of any form factor, some of them have their quirks)...several of the new Z77 boards are designed specifically around OCing. The most important part of going SFF or ITX (the two aren't necessarily the same) is to plan the rig out. Understand what you are trying to accomplish, and design the rig for that reason(s).

For me, I like knowing I have a system that performs just as well or better than most systems out there, and it fits nicely on my desk...thumb.gif
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