I wish mini-STX were more popular. I had a 1st-gen Raspberry Pi that I replaced with an Apollo Lake mini-ITX board, a few years ago. I wished I could've gone with mini-STX, but the market for those boards & cases was just in its infancy, and the closest thing to what I wanted was an overpriced NUC with a CPU that was too slow. So I went with the smallest mini-ITX case I could find (which was still too big, IMO).Looks like the smaller form factors are adored by a number of members here.
I wouldn't say the Corsair Crystal 570X is ugly. Though there are some people liked that were very ugly like some of the Cooler Master HaF cases.Build myself an itx gaming rig last year and honestly I couldnt be happier. I dont miss my pcie slots or the ugly 45 l behemoth somebody called a mid tower.
Itx all the way.
M-ATX is probably considered a little too large even among SFF builders.Mini-itx really has gained traction, the past couple years, or so. M-ATX is kinda overlooked though.
OUCH. I felt that one, and I'm not a fan of 'em either!Though there are some people liked that were very ugly like some of the Cooler Master HaF cases.
That's not an apples-to-apples comparison, though. EATX are nearly all server & high-end workstation boards. You always pay a premium for such boards, even if you get them in ATX or mini-ITX form factors.I prefer to use ATX due to the size, features, and price. Good ATX motherboards generally go for around $200, while current EATX will run you $500 and up.
Not a problem, especially if you don't have windows or LEDs.The challenge of large builds: nice and clean, without looking empty.
To keep it neat? Yes.
I almost built a mini-ITX PC in one of these, last year, but then things changed and I no longer needed a portable machine.I recently travelled cross country by train, bus, and hiking with my PC in a backpack, and there's no possibly way I could have fit anything else.
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