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Hey there guys, just wanted to ask something

Me and the missus has been going out to our friends place to play lan games/lan parties recently. But i've just had enough of carrying my FT02 back and forth all the time * we have a car so i dont literally carry them * So this idea popped in my head, a small factor system!

Now, the thing is, what is the difference between a mATX and a ATX? i know atx has the advantage of having more slots, but is that about it?

And can you give any suggestions on what mobo is good? I'm hoping i can transfer my current sig rig to the new mobo/case.

*I know i have a test bench, but when in a lan party, the chances of it getting brushed or wet or whatever is soo high..


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As you said it, the difference is pretty much that ATX has more PCI/e ports than mATX; sometimes mATX have only 2 DDR slots. You should be able to find similarly spec-ed mATX boards to replace your ATX.

Here are two picks, one cheaper, one higher-end:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157192
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As you said it, the difference is pretty much that ATX has more PCI/e ports than mATX; sometimes mATX have only 2 DDR slots. You should be able to find similarly spec-ed mATX boards to replace your ATX.

Here are two picks, one cheaper, one higher-end:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157192
is that the only difference? no performance difference whatsoever?
so if thats the case, how come people who only uses a single GPU still prefers an ATX mobo? ^_^
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if your going to be moving your pc around alot to game....i would go matx for sure. look into the nzxt vulcan case, and something like a gigabyte 880g matx. the gigabyte 880g has great onboard sound to. if your after crossfire look at the msi 890gx matx.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146065
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130269
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that board should work fine. but i still would recommend the gigagyte over it. just keep in mine with the matx mobo's your not going to be able to overclock very much and i wouldn't recommend putting a 6 core in them either. i used the gigabyte board for about a year with out any issues with my sig rig.
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checking UK websites at the moment thanks a lot ^_^ will post back
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mATX:
-smaller
-max 4 expansion slots
-max power phase = 4+1

^^^ Main differences.
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