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Mini ITX? What do you think?

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Feb 25, 2013
Hello Overclockers!

I'm looking around at parts, fantasizing about my third build! The two computers I've built so far have been mid-tower ATX's. I saw this BEAUTIFUL case from NZXT (the Manta)

I LOVE IT! Though I have no experience with mini ITX. I figured since I only use 1 pcie slot there's really no reason for a full-sized ATX?!

I was wondering though, do you take a hit in performance with the smaller motherboards? Or is it just less slots, less fan connectors, etc?

I'm wanting to build a pc around an i7, watercooled, 16gb ram, 980ti (unless I can find a 1070), ssd... Do you think this case would work well for this build? Keeping temps in check? This will be my first water cooled system.

What ITX would you recommend?

Much luv!


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Jun 6, 2002
there is no performance hit of any kind with smaller motherboards. somethings will be a bit different, maybe less pwm phases not always the case but sometimes. for your mITX build it is going to depend on your needs. there are some with high phases for ocing but they cost the same or a bit more then atx/matx boards.

a few suggestions

if your watercooling it says it supports 280mm rads so temps should stay in check. depends on what rad/pump/wb/fan setup or if you go with an AIO setup.