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mATX vs ATX

DrTot

49 months ago

I'm looking to buy my first gaming PC. It wont be anything super amazing or expensive, but I have a few last minute second thoughts. I've always liked the idea of having a mATX build, but will this effect performance? In the future I plan to upgrade to a K-series i5 from an Skylake Pentium and add a GPU (I don't really need much more than a pentium for the games im planning on playing). Here's my part list currently PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $55.25 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $129.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $53.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.10 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $56.10 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $85.00 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $499.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-25 18:44 EST-0500

But I was considering going along the lines of something like this if it would have the same performance PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $55.25 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus Z170M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $53.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.10 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair Air 240 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $74.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $85.00 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $498.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-25 18:47 EST-0500

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It should have no performance impact.

rant allert In fact, once the r9 fury x2 comes out you will be able to build the highest teir gaming rig possible in a micro atx case. You would already be able to if there were any microatx motherboards with 4 pcie x16 slots (you can get single slot form factor water blocks for the fury x)

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