Re: compact desktop components standard?
I'm guessing what you're referring to would be the shuttle computers, but they're still very much in. The deal with that is they usually use non-standard sized motherboards (although most are going mITX now) which can't be replaced or use a proprietary PSU connector style.
mITX is the small form factor standard now, like mATX and ATX (and above) have been the standard. THe only hiccups you'll have are figuring out how big you want your case and the fact that you're still limited in upgrades to any particular platform like any other motherboard standard size. I'm guessing you mean, you don't want to buy a case and 5-10 years down the road mITX won't be around anymore. It will be. You just have to decide on if you want an mITX board or an mATX board. mITX is limited to 2 RAM slots and a single PCI-E slot so not much to expand on when you do finally get your platform purchased. If you want a little more breathing room you might want mATX.
They even have a small form factor PSU size standard now called SFX.
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