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Posted on reddit, but not much help.

Hello, I am in the process of building a new, or rather picking out new parts to build the PC. I can not decide between a mITX and mATX machine, but I currently have a 600t and it enormous. My parts that I am for sure putting in the machine are: i7 4790k either EVGA 970 or MSI 970 Corsair Vengeance 8gb RAM single stick (already have) WD 3tb Green HDD (already have) I also have an h100i but I can sell if needed. I will be using the PC for gaming and school work. I am an engineering student, so I feel an i7 would be better than an i5. I want to overclock, but not anything crazy. I have decided that SLI is unnecessary so I will not need that feature. So, I need to know the benefits mATX has over mITX, and I would like some recommendations on a few parts. I would like to know what is a good motherboard for the size you think is best (~$150), a good 250gb SSD (~$120), PSU (~$130), and a case (~$120). The cases I am looking at are the MSI nightblade, Corsair Air 240, Corsair 250d, and Corsair 380t. I love the nightblade, but I can only buy it as a bare bones PC. I prefer Corsair PSU's, but everything else I have no preference. This is my last post before I actually buy parts, but have decided that SLI is ridiculous, and mITX looks appealing.
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This would be the only Corsair psu I would buy in that price range, the AX line. The cheaper Corsair units aren't very good and I only use them when I'm seriously pinching pennies. All the Corsair units in the middle in my opinion are just... okay... compared to what else is available for the price. The AX line is good, but expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139042&cm_re=corsair_ax-_-17-139-042-_-Product

For ssd... my picks:
Adata, not the fastest, but reliable and at least the drive does the speed it claims. Many boast fast speeds, but don't deliver. This drive doesn't promise the moon, but it does what it says it does.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211853

Crucial, good, fast, cheap.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148820

Samsung, if you follow the masses:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147372

Crucial 500GB for $199 if you can swing it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148946


Alternative PSU: This EVGA G2 is more power than you need at 750watts, you could do with 600watts. But, this unit is every bit as good or better than the Corsair unit and it costs $79.99 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438017&cm_re=evga_g2-_-17-438-017-_-Product


Near perfect score on JonnyGuru.com
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=380
Edited by Depauville Kid - 1/25/15 at 6:42pm
post #3 of 5
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Okay, I'll go with the G2 (it is a GREAT price). What are your thoughts on mITX or mATX? How much faster is the Samsung or Adata?
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Okay, I'll go with the G2 (it is a GREAT price). What are your thoughts on mITX or mATX? How much faster is the Samsung or Adata?

Good choice on the G2 PSU.

The Samsung SSD is probably the fastest, though you would never be able to tell short of seeing the speed in a benchmark. Daily use, it's very difficult to distinguish speeds. It's like a car going 180 mph or 210 mph.... it's fast no matter how you look at it.

Micro ATX is the smallest I'll go unless there is a serious need for small form factor. Once you get into mini ITX, you begin to pay quite a premium for the small size. Plus, you could very well run into clearance issues down the road. I have an office and room is not a factor. I run a full Tower, ATX system. It's big, but I can put anything I will ever want into this system and never have to worry about clearance issues or compatibility.
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Size is an issue (dorm room), so that's why I am looking at smaller cases. I will also be purchasing a Mazda Miata soon, so I wouldn't be able to haul a full tower in the car! biggrin.gif Another reason why I am looking at a smaller form factor is because I like to take my computer to other people's houses, but people give me weird looks when i bring my behemoth 600t. The only issue I am worried about with the mITX is overclocking. I want to clock the i7 to ~4.5ghz, but am not sure if I can with a mITX.
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