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Well I was looking at using the below specs in my sig and making an mATX (I'm just tossing the idea around in my head)

Case that looks cool:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112151

Mobo...?:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131237

I know absolutely nothing about the G35 Chipset or how this thing would perform.

Do mATX use lower-quality parts like capacitors and whatnot so that it can fit or whats the story on these?

If mATX doesn't make for good hardcore/enthusiast machines then oh well
    
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Im using mATX as a gaming rig at moment, (amd) got an asus m2n mx se after frying my m2a matx board....8800gt oc'd just goto make sure case is big enough to fit your gtx.
I moved from a Akasa mirage/blitz formula/q6600/2x 2900xts due to necessity and have goto say i havn't noticed much difference for gaming..ok no major ocing going on, am using a peltier cpu cooler?! don't know why.
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id use the gigabyte g33 board 400+ fsb with newest bios
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I love the looks of that Lian Li you listed!
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Get this case, look great and great cooling
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G35/G33 is just the mATX integrated graphics version of the P35 chipset, so it should be halfway decent for overclocking, especially on the FSB side. That GTX won't fit in most mATX cases, though, so watch out for that.

Good luck.
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The Lian Li PC-V350 is a redesign of the V300. I believe one of the major changes was removal of the front fans so a GTX could fit without modding. It's a sweet case.
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Do mATX use lower-quality parts like capacitors and whatnot so that it can fit or whats the story on these?

If mATX doesn't make for good hardcore/enthusiast machines then oh well
Overall they do tend to use lower quality parts, but that Asus you posted uses solid state caps, and its Asus, so you know its a quality part. Not too sure on the overclocking though.

However its almost guaranteed to be higher quality than your MSI sig board, and I can't think of any recent chipsets that overclock worse than 650i so I'm sure you'll get better results.

Now what you need to do is paint it purple and black and get yourself a gamecube->usb converter.
    
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post #9 of 14
Hi,

I run an mATX setup. The board you have listed is excellent - I like it a lot, and the chipset overclocks very well!

In no way are mATX machines inferior to full ATX ones... it's just that you have less space to work with, and cable management is more difficult. Other than that, though, you're really not looking at much difference.

One concern I would have is whether your GTX would fit into that mATX case; typically, they are less than compatible with small enclosures. You may want to consider a downgrade to a G92-based card.

Consider looking at the SFF case in my signature - it has a nice gallery of other members' mATX rigs!
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Anand tested a few of these and determined the Asus P5K-VM was best suited to overclocking.
    
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