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I have a storm scout in my dorm room, though I am definitely thinking about selling case and mobo and getting matx stuff.

Thought it fits fine under my desk, it is kind of a hassle to move it due to the size, even though it isnt that big.
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post #52 of 66
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Originally Posted by Lettuceman;12582692 
Plus I'm going to RIT, which is basically a giant nerd school. Gaming will be important lol.

Why didnt you just tell us from the start!

My buddy graduated from RIT. Good school and he was making some decent money as an SE right outta graduation.

I still go with mATX just outta ease to move to/from school.
    
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Thanks for the suggestion Raffy, but I'm not really looking for a specific case in general, but more advice on the "concept" of going big or small and whether it matters. I will keep it in mind though.

Hmm interesting, a Storm Scout and would still prefer something smaller eh?

And rmp459, I'm going to RIT for SE as well. They seem to have a great program for that.
Edited by Lettuceman - 3/2/11 at 9:38am
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post #54 of 66
Since you plan on going with a true gaming build, I'd stick to mATX. It seems to be the best compromise between performance of ATX and mobility of mini-ITX.

Case-wise, I think you should check out the Langear Da Box. 120mm fan slot, accepts full length GPUs and ATX PSUs, and lots of room to work with. I'd mount a Corsair H70 in there with the Asus Rampage Gene equivalent for SB/BD and a 570. I mean, the case even fits a 5970!
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I'd really like to suggest for you to take a good look at the Xigmatek Midguard.

It's a case I feel might be suitable for you.
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post #56 of 66
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Quote:
Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d;12583227 
Since you plan on going with a true gaming build, I'd stick to mATX. It seems to be the best compromise between performance of ATX and mobility of mini-ITX.

Case-wise, I think you should check out the Langear Da Box. 120mm fan slot, accepts full length GPUs and ATX PSUs, and lots of room to work with. I'd mount a Corsair H70 in there with the Asus Rampage Gene equivalent for SB/BD and a 570. I mean, the case even fits a 5970!

Quick question since I've never worked with any mATX builds before.
What do you mean by sacrifice in performance? I thought mATX was simply just a smaller ATX board with less lanes and stuff like that.?
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post #57 of 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lettuceman;12583282 
Quick question since I've never worked with any mATX builds before.
What do you mean by sacrifice in performance? I thought mATX was simply just a smaller ATX board with less lanes and stuff like that.?

They tend to be cheaper-and have less of everything. Fewer PCI(e) lanes, SATA connectors, CPU power phases, sometimes fewer RAM slots. Depends on how much money you can spend.

That said MSI and ASUS both make very (cramped) impressive LGA1366 mATX boards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130227&cm_re=1366_matx-_-13-130-227-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658&cm_re=1366_matx-_-13-131-658-_-Product
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post #58 of 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lettuceman;12583282 
Quick question since I've never worked with any mATX builds before.
What do you mean by sacrifice in performance? I thought mATX was simply just a smaller ATX board with less lanes and stuff like that.?

Well, you pretty much nailed it. You have less expansion slots to work with, so nice setups like Tri-SLI and such aren't going to work. Additionally, since mATX boards come with at most four slots, and since all gaming GPUs are dual slots, if you go with an SLI/X-Fire setup, you won't have any room for any other expansion cards (sound card, wifi card, etc.). So it's not so much a sacrifice of performance as it is less headroom for performance upgrades/setups?

But beyond that, you shouldn't see any performance decrease from similar setups. That is, an i7 920 @ 4.0 GHz with a GTX 580 should have the same performance on an ATX board as it does on an mATX board.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka;12583348 
They tend to be cheaper-and have less of everything. Fewer PCI(e) lanes, SATA connectors, CPU power phases, sometimes fewer RAM slots. Depends on how much money you can spend.

That said MSI and ASUS both make very (cramped) impressive LGA1366 mATX boards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130227&cm_re=1366_matx-_-13-130-227-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658&cm_re=1366_matx-_-13-131-658-_-Product

Agreed, but even though most mATX boards run multi-GPU setups at 8x/8x, there's very little real-world performance drops. You'll notice your benchmarks dropping a bit at 8x/8x, but truthfully your games will look unchanged.

The SATA connectors I agree with, but even then most mATX cases I've seen don't allow for more than 2 3.5" drives. So unless you get creative with mounting, you'll also be limited by your case there. RAM slots used to be an issue with S775/AM2, but with the latest boards in S1366/S1156/AM3, mATX boards became very performance-oriented and have great OCing headroom and the usual amount of RAM slots.

And I definitely recommend those suggestions. Great performance mATX boards biggrin.gif That Asus specifically is one great monster who I think is probably better than most ATX boards out there.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 3/2/11 at 9:55am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka;12583348 
They tend to be cheaper-and have less of everything. Fewer PCI(e) lanes, SATA connectors, CPU power phases, sometimes fewer RAM slots. Depends on how much money you can spend.

That said MSI and ASUS both make very (cramped) impressive LGA1366 mATX boards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130227&cm_re=1366_matx-_-13-130-227-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658&cm_re=1366_matx-_-13-131-658-_-Product
Dang those are some expensive boards tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lettuceman;12578289 
Hey guys, heading off to college next year, and I know this is an early question, but I'm curious.
I'm just thinking what would be a good type of case to have in college? Based on your guys experience, does the size of a case matter? Is a full tower an annoyance?

I'm just thinking of what to do for my summer build, but I'm impatient in knowing the answers, so I'm asking you guys now
Honestly, it never mattered to me at all. As long as you can put it somewhere (under a desk is preferred) out of the way, it's all good.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lettuceman;12583282 
Quick question since I've never worked with any mATX builds before.
What do you mean by sacrifice in performance? I thought mATX was simply just a smaller ATX board with less lanes and stuff like that.?

Yes but they also sacrifice in features and power phases mostly because the boards simply don't have the space to accommodate them.
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