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Looking to build a setup for the kids to play games on. Most likely will be in Living Room attached to our 42" samsung led.

Obviously a mITX would be aesthetically pleasing but prices seem to be higher and limitations are greater.
If I do not NEED to mITX should I go that route just so I can use a case that would fit on the shelf next to the Yamama receiver? Should I go with a smaller ATX case and know cooling and upgrading could be easier down the road.

Plan to hard wire so no need to spend extra on a mobo with wireless.

Games kids play
Son:
LEGO anything (though the marvel super heroes is big right now)
possibly Titanfall if I can convince mom (not hard to do)
Need for speed

Daughter:
Rocksmith

Both are also die hard netflix / hulu plus users.

Thanks
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by buffnerd View Post

Looking to build a setup for the kids to play games on. Most likely will be in Living Room attached to your 42" samsung led.

Obviously a mITX would be aesthetically pleasing but prices seem to be higher and limitations are greater.
If I do not NEED to mITX should I go that route just so I can use a case that would fit on the shelf next to the Yamama receiver? Should I go with a smaller ATX case and know cooling and upgrading could be easier down the road.

Plan to hard wire so no need to spend extra on a mobo with wireless.

Games kids play
Son:
LEGO anything (though the marvel super heroes is big right now)
possibly Titanfall if I can convince mom (not hard to do)
Need for speed

Daughter:
Rocksmith

Both are also die hard netflix / hulu plus users.

Thanks

I guess you don't really NEED ITX if you can make a bigger case fit the space you want. People usually go mITX when they absolutely MUST get that case under their tv cabinet. If you can make it work without putting it on that shelf why not. Besides aesthetics I mean.
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I guess you don't really NEED ITX if you can make a bigger case fit the space you want. People usually go mITX when they absolutely MUST get that case under their tv cabinet. If you can make it work without putting it on that shelf why not. Besides aesthetics I mean.

Oh it will in no way fit in the space provided but it can always stand upright next to the shelf. (think outside the box). Maybe even building a side shelf where controllers, guitar, etc can be mounted to.
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Oh it will in no way fit in the space provided but it can always stand upright next to the shelf. (think outside the box). Maybe even building a side shelf where controllers, guitar, etc can be mounted to.

Oh that's actually what I was thinking, I was wondering if it just HAD to fit on that shelf. If it can fit on the floor next to it all the better! MATX or even ATX provides too much incentive, better cooling, less worries about space and cable management, less worrying about what PSU will fit, etc.
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BTW, being new to the HTPC (maybe not the mITX flavor), what is a recommended keyboard or remote control that can be used for such a system. Whether it be a mini keyboard so we can navigate to netflix / hulu / web (so I can watch basketball games).
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I would go with a Prodigy M and pick a decent mATX board. I think that's something in the middle between space limitations and having benefits of later upgrades. To be honest if titanfall is a game focused I wouldn't go itx due this small boards have lack in upgrading features.
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I would go with a Prodigy M and pick a decent mATX board. I think that's something in the middle between space limitations and having benefits of later upgrades. To be honest if titanfall is a game focused I wouldn't go itx due this small boards have lack in upgrading features.

Second time I have heard that case mentioned and second time I noticed how nice it looks.

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Its kind of large for an HTPC though...IT really depends on your size constraint needs and if you plan to need more than 1 pcie slot
    
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I cant say whether to go ITX or not, tho personally i would go for an ITX system with an i3, and then the Haswell 750TI. Small, quiet, out of the way, plays at about the same level as the Xbox One (Or slightly better). And since its not going to be overclocked or anything, no need for a super high end ITX board. It will end up being a slight premium over ATX, but not by too much.

As for the keyboard suggestion, the Logitech K400 is a pretty decent unit. Touchpad and keyboard in one, makes it easy to navigate all the menus while not having to always track down where the mouse went. Pair it with a few wired/wireless Xbox or PS3/PS4 controllers and you are set to enjoy media and some games on the big screen.
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post #10 of 16
I like the idea of ITX systems, but price, cooling and convenience just go with a bigger case.
A good mATX case can be had on sale for $30-40, with moderate assembly issues.
But will he other half accept another box?
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