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Whats the whole Mini Itx vibe?

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    I use big cases for ATX motherboards and big graphics cards. But I'm particularly interested in Mini Itx, and might build a Zotac Mini Itx system. All I know is that motherboards with Mini Itx form factors are small and a lot of them have integrated parts..

    Can someone give me some facts? Thanks. :rockout:
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    Specifics? They're just small form factors (often have an external power supply).
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    I think the general assumption is that they are the lesser powerful boards due to their size but can be great for teeny-tiny HTPC/LAN build and still do pack a punch. Were you looking at any in particular?
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    The Zotac Z68 ITX Wifi. Possible Specs:

    i3 2120
    GTS 450 AMP!/GTX 460 AMP!
    8GB Ram

    I notice it does have one PCIe slot for compatibility with Zotac cards, but I'm not sure you could fit the GTX 460 in with the processor heatsink.
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    Yes, you will be able to fit the GTX460 in with the heatsink, the only problem is whether your case allows.
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    If you wanted to get a nice setup like that you could watercool it if you had the money but it would be cheaper than a full rig as you have less area to cover. Are you goin to go for 1600 speeds?
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    Is it a lan rig? Sorry double post.
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    I'd like to. I already have a full rig, but I want a secondary ITX one.

    Sorry, but I don't know what you mean by LAN.

    I'm deciding between an Antec Open Air and a Lian Li. Links:

    Lian LI: http://www.amazon.co_uk/dp/B003MRSRM6/?tag=tec053-21

    Antec: http://www.amazon.co_uk/dp/B0000DFZM7/?tag=tec053-21
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    great for media PC's to stick behind a TV, *if* you can get them quiet enough.
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    What about a Zotac GTX 570? Could that fit?
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    its not impossible, but ITX is not designed for such things. you'll have to design a system very carefully for physical space, cooling, and power requirements. you cant ask such questions without specifying a case and PSU, and then you'd be able to answer it yourself.
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    You don't want your PC claustrophobic because then air flow suffers and then noise and dust goes up. Just a tip: Cable management is a must on this rig seeing as you have little room to play with. :D
    Also go with the Lian. Looks better and probably won't collect as much dust.
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    I have to agree with frick! I love that Lian Li look. the antec is stupid, I dont even like the ATX version either. If you have pets or a house that collects alot of dust then I def would not recommend it.
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    Maybe I'll just stick the GTX 460 AMP! on there then.
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    check my sig, mobo is a great clocker very stable and with my lian li pc-q08b case i was able to use full size psu and also have enuf room for my 3 slot asus 580 if i ever decided to use it for lan box
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    Its Micro Atx compatible? Nice.
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    it's neat. fun to build. but once you do it's just another pc, nothing special. i went back to my bigger case so i could fit a dual slot 5850 in it to game :) i kept using the mini itx board though, and it w/13 530 works admirably :)
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    Hmmm...could the motherboard fit a Zotac GTX 470?
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    It's not the board that will fit it's the case.
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    check out my system specs, thats one hec of a Mini ITX rig right there, in the Lian Li you sure can fit a GTX570 :)
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    Thanks for all the answers guys! You've all really helped.

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