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    Building a new rig for my cousin, it HAS to be small i have determined most of what i need but still can't decide on the motherboard for it (only micro ATX) so currently choosing between MSI Z97M/ AS Rock Z97M / Gigabyte Z97MX

    Also finally is micro ATX the best choice for a small sized pc build? or should i get her to increase the budget and get mini ITX? furthermore i've never built a super small pc myself, so is the process a lot more difficult or just as easy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehsas View Post
    Building a new rig for my cousin, it HAS to be small i have determined most of what i need but still can't decide on the motherboard for it (only micro ATX) so currently choosing between MSI Z97M/ AS Rock Z97M / Gigabyte Z97MX

    Also finally is micro ATX the best choice for a small sized pc build? or should i get her to increase the budget and get mini ITX? furthermore i've never built a super small pc myself, so is the process a lot more difficult or just as easy?
    And which mini itx chassis have you selected?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwan hasan View Post
    And which mini itx chassis have you selected?
    im going micro ATX, since i haven't built any mini ITX before, so just wanted to know if anyone has and if it's as easy to build one as the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehsas View Post
    im going micro ATX, since i haven't built any mini ITX before, so just wanted to know if anyone has and if it's as easy to build one as the latter.
    what's the purpose? gaming/ daily computing/ entertainment etc...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehsas View Post
    im going micro ATX, since i haven't built any mini ITX before, so just wanted to know if anyone has and if it's as easy to build one as the latter.
    Haven't built any mini itx yet, not that popular in our country and for micro Atx go with any mid tower and for the motherboard go with either asus or gigabyte, I don't think there would be any difference in performance whatsoever !

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    Quote Originally Posted by codename5302 View Post
    what's the purpose? gaming/ daily computing/ entertainment etc...?
    Video/photo editing and rendering and some light gaming i guess ( she's starting college on Design ) so im going to build her a micro ATX tower atm, not yet sure though since i don't think the case can be small enough but hopefully it's okay. if not i'll go for a in win's mini itx case build

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwan hasan View Post
    Haven't built any mini itx yet, not that popular in our country and for micro Atx go with any mid tower and for the motherboard go with either asus or gigabyte, I don't think there would be any difference in performance whatsoever !
    it can't be a mid tower, it needs to VERY small. and i know ASUS makes the best high end and gigabyte makes the best low end mother boards but for a mid range 130-150$ isn't MSI/EVGA better? but just in terms of those specific ones which one is better? of the 3 ones i mentioned, i can't really find a good comparison review of those.

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    i built a HTPC in 2012 i think with asrock mini itx mobo (very cheap), pentium dual core and in win mini itx from binary logic. working wonderfully since then. the basic problem with mini itx is very limited expandability and the casing is very space limited. i used low profile rams and stock cooler. it has only one pci e slot, that is not even x16. and you cant use full height cards or dual slot cards. but it serves my purpose. with 400 watt power supply and space for 3 3.5" hard disk it is a well built HTPC. newer mini itx mobos are extremely powerful. so choose your casing wisely so as the power supply, you are good to go.

    it is the casing you have to choose first. building is quite simple like any other pc. so buy your parts according to your space. if you have problem choosing casing then go for micro atx.

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    I want to get this case if i eventually have to get her mini ITX. > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811108133 (different colour though) but i really have no idea how to make one. (i never go to a store to get a pc assembled) So for that case would i be able to install most hardwares properly? still working on a build for that if she dosen't like how the micro ATX case looks.. budget would be around 1700-1800 if itx

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    yes. hardware wise it is good to go. you will need to buy power supply as well. it has enough space to support regular size power supply. design wise it looks ugly to me, i mean that is totally my opinion. and being an open air casing, it is more exposed to dirt.

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    can i recommend bitfenix prodigy\ phantek enthoo mini itx\ evga hardon air mini itx? they all are wonderful mini itx case. but remember that they dont support regular power supply afaik, you will need sff power supply to use with them.

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    are there others in that size then? with similar design ( as in not looking too geeky or gamerish ) and do you mean the psu will fit right in? i don't want anything external to it, she's gonna be living in a dorm so not much space there anyways. Also will it be possible to get it fully liquid cooled and all the cables nicely sleeved?

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    psu always remains in the case unless you are using pico itx mobo. sff means small form factor ie the size of power supply is smaller than regular ones. afaik, all of them support liquid cooling at least up to 120mm radiator. for cables, i dont think you can get sleeved cables in sff power supply. there are only handful companies that make sff power supply. why dont you search them in newegg? you will get all your answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codename5302 View Post
    psu always remains in the case unless you are using pico itx mobo. sff means small form factor ie the size of power supply is smaller than regular ones. afaik, all of them support liquid cooling at least up to 120mm radiator. for cables, i dont think you can get sleeved cables in sff power supply. there are only handful companies that make sff power supply. why dont you search them in newegg? you will get all your answers.
    ahh after some long searches and talking to her.. micro ATX no go, going for a ITX one i guess, will open up a seperate thread for it's build. ty oh and i also found a way to get sleeving in :3

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