And the Win­ner Is…

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We build plenty of ma­chines here on Max­i­mumPC: at least one an is­sue, and usu­ally sev­eral more. The ma­jor­ity of these ma­chines are ATX rigs, al­though over the past year we’ve dab­bled with Mini-ITX a few times, while the Dream Ma­chine tends to go on the big­ger side of things. In other words, we have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing across var­i­ous plat­forms and form fac­tors.

Do we have a pref­er­ence? We do have a fond­ness for smaller sys­tems, as they look awe­some when built prop­erly, al­though we make no bones about the fact that they’re not al­ways the eas­i­est sys­tems to put to­gether. Throw in some wa­ter cool­ing, and you end up with a ma­chine that looks amaz­ing on your desk, as op­posed to some­thing you want to hide un­der it.

These thoughts are re­flected in this head to head: ATX is eas­ier to build with, more read­ily avail­able, and of­fers more op­tions for ex­pan­sions and up­grades. Mini-ITX and mi­croATX pro­duce more com­pact sys­tems, that per­form just as well as their big­ger cousins, and gen­er­ally don’t limit what you can do. It’s good to have op­tions.

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