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oo wow i just saw that ya "H" mother board dont over clock as good as "P" motherboards.



for a SB build you want to find a p67 motherboard as those will overclock to your liking. the problem with that is there are very few at the moment because of the recall they had. hence the reason i went with a 1156.

case wise i really want a Arc Mini but there hard to get a hold of.
http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=...gory=2&prod=59
The P67 boards are full ATX though, aren't they? I just placed my SB order for the parts in my sig. But I think I'm selling my entire rig next week once the parts arrive, and going with a SFF build instead, and pocketing some cash for my car.
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The Lian Li A05N is fairly small, although not SFF, and supports full ATX, I'd highly recommend it
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The P67 boards are full ATX though, aren't they? I just placed my SB order for the parts in my sig. But I think I'm selling my entire rig next week once the parts arrive, and going with a SFF build instead, and pocketing some cash for my car.
a google search say yes there are some out there. but since the recall intel had all the 1155 motherboards are scarce. you could come back to a 1156 and use the maximus iii gene as its one of the best motherboards in the matx lineup. im up at 4ghz stable with HT on with my 870.
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a google search say yes there are some out there. but since the recall intel had all the 1155 motherboards are scarce. you could come back to a 1156 and use the maximus iii gene as its one of the best motherboards in the matx lineup. im up at 4ghz stable with HT on with my 870.
Board + chip have to be around the same price as the ones in my sig.

I think I'm gonna do it though, with that Lian Li case.
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SFF is a lot of fun, built mostly mid and full size towers for my still rather young life.

I dont know if you would be interested in an x58 board since you just came from an athlon II though, otherwise I would suggest a Xeon w3520/50/70 as they are nice chips, been known to clock 4.5Ghz or a little more with a better chip.

If you did go the x58 route you could use either the EVGA Micro SLI board like my own, however the northbridge runs very hot, or the Asus Rampage Gene III, which doesnt have that problem while also having usb 3.0 and sata 6Gb/s for a total of 8 Sata ports

I also have the NZXT Vulcan though, the case your eyeballing has a great many HDD slots for it being mATX. Also has a bold and simple look to it, quite attractive
    
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I was thinking more along the lines of one of those cube shaped cases . Something that's stylish and sleek...that could be easy to carry to a LAN.
The cubes are not as easy to carry under one arm as a tower.

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So no overclocking with a small board? Sigh, guess I'm sticking to regular ATX then.

As much as I wanted a SFF rig...I'm not willing to lose out on overclocking.
No overclocking with H67 chipset, as others have mentioned. Plenty of mATX boards which overclock in the ballpark of ATX, and even some mini ITX boards that support overclocking (though not as well).

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The P67 boards are full ATX though
You aren't looking hard enough. Likely most motherboard manufacturers are making micro ATX versions of P67. Well, of course if you're looking right now you won't see any.

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Well, what could I build that would be amazing, overclock well, and fit what I need in it for a SFF rig? mATX is what I was thinking.....

I'll leave a case recommendation out of it for now, but for a micro ATX overclocking build you can use all the same parts as an ATX rig, but use a micro ATX case and motherboard.

For a case for LAN transportation, I would recommend a tower style to make them easier to use with carrying straps or carry under one arm.
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For a motherboard you will need a micro ATX P67 chipset, like the Asus P8P67-M or P8P67-M Pro. The "-M" in Asus' model number means it is micro ATX.
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Board + chip have to be around the same price as the ones in my sig.

I think I'm gonna do it though, with that Lian Li case.
you could go with:

Board: asus maximus iii gene - $160
Cpu- intel i5 760 - microcenter $170 (i would get for you if you want)
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I think I'm gonna go with:
Lian Li A05NB
Biostar P67 Board (just like the one in my sig)
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plus a few extra goodies

Sounds like win win to me .
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Hey, have you considered a Silverstone SG04?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-159-_-Product

I'm sure you could find a place to slip a SSD in there along with 2 HDD, and then everything else. It's a bit smaller than you spec-ed but I think it looks awesome. Touch expensive though.
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Lian Li PC-V354 for mATX or A05N for ATX. The V354 will hold more hard drives, depending on the length of your videocard. If you don't need to take out the extra hard drive rack to make room for your videocard, the V354 will hold 7 hard drives.

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Hey, have you considered a Silverstone SG04?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-159-_-Product
I usually like Silverstone cases (I've been very tempted to do an ITX build and use the SG07), but the SG04 is ugly. It looks like a paper shredder.
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