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I'm considering changing my sig rig to mATX, as it is currently in an Antec Three Hundred, but I have a Lian-Li PC-V354 that I like a lot more, and it is currently housing an old Socket 775 System. It makes sense to me to switch them up, the Lian-Li obviously being the higher quality case, and being more compact thus making it easier to move around (which I do somewhat frequently, I move between my parents' houses).

Now, I've been back and fourth on this idea, since I really love my Gigabyte P55A-UD4P. It's packed with features (SATA 6GB/s, USB3.0, SLI, etc), and I bought it because of that fact. All of the mATX boards I've looked at have indeed had USB 3.0, but it doesn't seem like there are any 1156 mATX boards that have SATA 6GB/s, so I'm a bit worried that fact will make my computer not last as long, as I really enjoy my SSD and I do plan to buy any newer, faster SSDs that hit the market, and I'm sure newer SSDs will be able to saturate 6GB/s.

What do you think OCN?
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I'd just get a new standard atx case that you like a lot, and keep your current motherboard.
Edited by Willanhanyard - 3/25/11 at 2:00pm
    
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Well i have a asus rampage 2 gene its a micro atx board and its pretty dam awesome loaded with great features and can even hold 24 gb of ram but its 1366 socket so you can use i3-i5-i7 processors in it . Built in dedicated soundblaster sound card , 6 sata ports for hdd or cd/dvd roms , Even supports older IDE hard drives or hdd's and its VERY OVER CLOCKER FRIENDLY
    
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I just get a new standard atx case that you like a lot, and keep your current motherboard.
I could do that, and was planning to in the past, but I was thinking that the V354 would make my computer more compact and easier to carry around. I mean I could go with the Lian-Li A05NB which is full ATX, but it only has 3 3.5" bays, while the PC-V354 has 7 3.5" bays, plus it has a place to mount an SSD to the bottom of the case, so I wouldn't even have to waste one of those 7 3.5" bays housing my SSD.

I have a lot of hard drives. The V354 is the smallest case I've found that has enough 3.5" bays to satisfy me.
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Well i have a asus rampage 2 gene its a micro atx board and its pretty dam awesome loaded with great features and can even hold 24 gb of ram but its 1366 socket so you can use i3-i5-i7 processors in it . Built in dedicated soundblaster sound card , 6 sata ports for hdd or cd/dvd roms , Even supports older IDE hard drives or hdd's and its VERY OVER CLOCKER FRIENDLY
I'm on Socket 1156, so I was looking at the ASUS Maximus III GENE, but it still doesn't have SATA 6GB/s, which is a bit of a concern for me. Other than that it has all of the features my UD4P does, but it's pretty expensive at $160. I can't even sell my UD4P for that much according to our appraisal section.
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If you're that hung up on SATA6Gbps I say don't bother. Unless you really need to save the space by switching to a smaller case/mobo then I don't see the point. And if SATA6Gbps is a sticking point, you're looking at either an mATX case with one of these in your precious few PCI slots: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=lGYmelQ8mJvPtYTv (and those are looking like their out of stock in most places) or going 1155.

That said, I went mITX and love it. Makes cable management easier (although the initial plugging things in can be a pain), makes the case seem bigger/roomier, better airflow, more case options etc etc Only downside I've encountered so far is that I'm now looking at a 3rd monitor, and with only one PCI slot that limits my options to ATi or a usb-to-dvi adapter thing. The Small form factor is excellent, and I gotta admit i'm getting into the whole low power thing. About to switch to SandyB and see just how low I can go power wise with a 2100T and onchip gfx while remaining stable and usable as a casual machine/server.

Anyway, I say go for it (if you're willing to drop the cash on what's essentially a side grade so you can swap cases). if SATA3 is the only thing stopping you, just chose your board wisely so you have an open slot to drop in one of those SATA3/USB3 add on cards.
    
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I could do that, and was planning to in the past, but I was thinking that the V354 would make my computer more compact and easier to carry around. I mean I could go with the Lian-Li A05NB which is full ATX, but it only has 3 3.5" bays, while the PC-V354 has 7 3.5" bays, plus it has a place to mount an SSD to the bottom of the case, so I wouldn't even have to waste one of those 7 3.5" bays housing my SSD.

I have a lot of hard drives. The V354 is the smallest case I've found that has enough 3.5" bays to satisfy me.
Then what I would do, is keep the V354, buy a mATX board that you think looks good, and add this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813995004 Newegg doesn't have them anymore, but other places do. If you need to do raid with your sata 6gb hdd's/sdd's, you can get a highpoint rocket raid card, although, they can be a bit pricey (last time I checked, they were $150+ ).
    
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