1. Bitfenix Phenom M: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...681134503
2. Fractal Design Node 304: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...681135202
The first is micro ATX and the second is ITX. Obviously I cant order a mobo until I know which case I want.
In favor of the Phenom is the ability to use an mATX mobo and the extra ports, slots, features that comes with. I would have thought it could hold more hard drives and have more room to work but the reviews seem to suggest otherwise.
In favor of the Node 304 is the small size, about 5" shorter than the Phenom. In spite of the size, it can hold as many or more hard drives than the Phenom. Questionable quality of the drive mounting system though.
Currently I have a full size ATX mobo with 6 SATA ports and 6 rear USB. Going down to ITX will reduce the USB ports to 4 but maybe a hub would solve this issue? Would it need to be powered? I'd really like at least 3 rear USB 3.0 ports which the ITX boards dont have.
Anyone else struggle with this decision? mATX vs ITX?