Switching HTPC to Mini ITX Build

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Hello All,

During the summer I built an HTPC/Gaming rig. It is an ATX build that includes an FX-8150, Radeon 7870, 1 SSD, 2 HDD, and a Ceton Infinitv for DVR functionality. This is all housed in a Lian Li case. Unfortunately, the case doesn't entirely fit inside our TV console, and this has grown to be unacceptable to the better half. I have been unable to find any ATX HTPC cases that will fit in the space. So I was thinking I would like to turn it into a Mini ITX build.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any Mini ITX motherboards for the FX series. If this is not true, please let me know. I would be willing to move the processor/motherboard into my Desktop rig and get something new, but as I have never done Mini ITX before I need some advice. What would be the best components to fit my needs and get smaller? Will a Trinity APU be sufficient? Thanks everyone!
 

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Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe Mini ITX AM3 Motherboard and AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor are not compatible.
CPU thermal design power (TDP) of 125W exceeds motherboard maximum of 95W
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor apeers to be the best for mini itx build...

if your happy with your HTPC except the ho9le fitting thng.... change change space to fit?
 

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Yeah, I know none of the Mini ITX motherboards are compatible. I actually have a X4 945 in my desktop right now, but even AM3 Mini ITX boards are hard to find at this point.

Unfortunately there is nowhere else to put the HTPC, and modifying/replacing current TV console is not an option. I think I will either have to go Trinity or switch to an Intel build to go Mini ITX. Or may compromise with a mATX build.
 

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Unfortunately those cases are a full inch deeper than my current Lian Li case, which is where the problem with mine lies. It sticks out about an inch.
 

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Yeah, I think Micro ATX is the way to go. The only way I am going to get Mini ITX is going Intel and I'd rather not have to buy a new processor as well. I think when I built it there weren't any Micro ATX that supported the new FX 8-core processors. As far as motherboards are concerned, considering these two. Any opinions?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157323

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131758

I have an SSD in it, so Sata 6GB/s is a must. I prefer the AsRock because the PCI x16 and PCI x1 are seperated more, so my Ceton card won't be heating up the graphics card.
 

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I am currently using the Lian Li PC60B:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112335

It is 7.17" tall, 17.52" wide, and 16.14" deep. The height and width are fine (though I couldn't go much wider) but the depth is about .5" too deep, and then is about 1.25" too deep after everything is plugged in at the back.

I have searched several times trying to find a case that I like and would fit and have found nothing. I've found several mATX cases that I would be happy with. Only issue now is picking the best motherboard.
 

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