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Mini-ATX motherboard for downsizing a rig questions

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Sep 10, 2016
I want to downsize my rig. Its takes up a lot of space. I have never had a micro case before and I am seriously giving thought to a micro-ATX.

I don’t need a full overclocked gaming rig. I do like to use 3D animation software so a little graphics beefy.

So what I am hoping to do is get a small case. It has the following specs:

Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm
Motherboard Sizes Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
5.25” Drive Bays x 1 (removable."if install an ODD,can not install an HDD on the top position of the HDD rail")
3.5” Drive Bays x 4 (x3 with ODD installed)
2.5” Drive Bays x 5 (3 + 2)
Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional)
Cooling Bottom 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 200mm x 1(optional) or 230mm x 1 (optional)
Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional)
PCI Slots x 5
I/O USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
Extras FyberFlex™ Composite handles, SofTouch™ surface treatment, heat shield
It’s called a BITFENIX Prodigy M.

My current rig has the following...

description: Motherboard
product: DZ77SL-50K
vendor: Intel Corporation

size: 16GiB
description: DIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0.6 ns)
product: 99U5471-039.A00LF
vendor: Kingston

description: CPU
product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz
vendor: Intel Corp.

description: VGA compatible controller
product: GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti]
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation

description: ATA Disk
product: INTEL SSDSC2CW24
size: 223GiB (240GB)

description: Wireless interface
product: AR93xx Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Qualcomm Atheros

So if I get this mini-ATX I am hoping to then get a new motherboard and just switch this hardware into it.

So if the above config seems still good to go, what motherboard?
Micro ATX size pc isn't much smaller than full ATX ( not saying about large towers ). ATX is about 2 pci slot longer. It's mainly because of case designers. Actually sometimes it's better to get full ATX board and small tower case like Corsair 400C or anything similar, designed for water cooling.
ITX size pc is in theory much smaller but if you plan it wrong then you will have a lot of issues with overheating etc. At the end if you want better cooling and higher performance graphics then you will find larger cases much better.