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[Question] Wanting to upgrade from ITX to M-ATX

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I am wondering if it would be worth while if I wanted to upgrade to a mATX formfactor in the 350D from a prodigy, I want to be able to have the option of SLI and I'm currently limited on usable SATA ports I would prefer more ports. I figured since I would need to get a new motherboard anyways I should just upgrade to Haswell. I use my computer mainly for gaming and streaming with a bit of occasional video editing and rendering here and there. What I was think is below:

CPU 2500k -> 4770k
Mobo Z77e-ITX -> Z87M Extreme4
GPU GTX 680 4GB -> I want to upgrade to a 790 in the future but I have yet to decide over another 680
Case Prodigy -> 350D
PSU Corsair AX850
I will be replacing the 140MM radiator that I am using in my prodigy with a EX280 to fit in the top of the 350D

What do y'all think?
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I think you should keep your Z77E-ITX and stick a 3770K in it, then wait for the GTX 790 if that's your end goal. You'll be dual GPU with a single slot still, and much less cash outlay. The beauty of ITX is the small form factor, you'll lose that moving up to a M-ATX.

It's all entirely a matter of personal preference and money, of course. =)

Greg
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That makes sense, the only issue I'm running into on this ITX board is that I don't have enough SATA 3 ports. I would like to be able to run more than 2 drives at this speed but sadly I can't at this form factor. As far as the case size goes, If I remember correctly the 350D is 40L and the prodigy is 36L so really I think the 350D would end up being smaller on my desk and I would be able to fit more cooling inside if I am not mistaken. I think my pros and cons of each would be something like this,

Pros of ITX:
Smaller volume
Cheaper ~$280

Cons of ITX
Less Sata ports
No room for expansion on GPU
Less room for radiators

Pros of mATX
Smaller desk space
More room for expansion cards
More SATA 3 ports
More room for radiators 280mm vs 140mm

Cons of mATX
Will cost ~$500
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That makes sense, the only issue I'm running into on this ITX board is that I don't have enough SATA 3 ports

What kind of drives are you hooking up to the SATA ports?

There are only a handful of HDD on the market that can exceed SATA 1 bandwidth limitations, and NONE can exceed SATA II (3.0 Gbps) specifications. If you were running more than two high speed (>300 MB/sec sequential) SSD then I can see why you might want more SATA III ports so they don't bottleneck.

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I'm hooking up 4 SSDs to the board so currently only two of my drives are getting full bandwidth.
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