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Old 12-09-2015, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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since I'm upgrading most of my pc I was thinking its time to do away with full size desktop case

I remember there used to be those square boxes but they kinda died out. once the micro pc start popping out everywhere

I'm thinking to upgrade everything with smaller components to take up less space but still have a fully featured compact desktop.

kinda like switching from full size DSLR to mirrorless camera..

the problem is. standards changing quicker than I can finish the build...

I wanted to get advice on which standard is better to use for the future upgradeability.

I'm not looking to decrease my desktop into a hard drive sized pc but if I can cut the size in half and still retain all the features like ability to upgrade individual parts (graphics cars sound card memory etc)

and have space for multiple internal drives( 4 at the moment)
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: compact desktop components standard?

I like the idea of the briefcase desktop but didn't find any that are sold. all the ones I see are DIY projects from just plain one briefcase.
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: compact desktop components standard?

You can get a moderately good sized but still small mATX setup and retain what you want. Take a look at the Bitfenix cases for mITX and mATX and let me know what you like with a budget and we can work our some parts.
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Default Re: compact desktop components standard?

which format has more options and more potential tho?
my main concern is buying all the parts and 3-5 years later finding out that there are no parts available for that because theres a new format now kinda like the box PC. where it only lasted few years before people lost interest in it.
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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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I like M-itx. seems like a good size.

I just want to shrink all the components into smaller case and have similar power and upgrading options as a desktop tower I have now.


I'm not a big fan of accumulating bulky sht after navy. we had to pack and unpack every few months and I like the idea of compact everything lol.
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Well the next step is providing a budget so we can get started on parts, and whether or not this setup will revolve around gaming.
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