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No, they can't be the same. The miniATX doesn't have enough room for all the connections and slots the full size board does. And some mid and full cases won't have the right attachment points for a mini.
What exactly are you trying to do here?
Stoop and you'll be stepped on; stand tall and you'll be shot at.
Here is my specs thus far (bare with me from memory)
Case: Coolmaster (mid tower) 7___ (can't remember the exact model number) but it has 3 fans with the capacity for 5 or 6. Under $100 bucks
PSU: Corsair 750
HD: 2 WD Cavier (Black) 500gb hopefully in RAID 0 config (if I can figure it out)
Ram: 3x 2gb OCZ 1600 (icore intel ram--gimmic?)
Optical: 1 DVD RW (samson or pioneer) with laserscribe (gimmic?)
To be purchased:
GPU: Wish I could wait, but can't--searching for an ATI--4770, possibly adding another in crossfire later (or replace with a newer GPU as mid life upgrade). If I can't find the 4770, I will go with the 4850 :(. I like the idea of a 40nm board--as this will be the specs of all the new boards in anycase.
CPU: icore 7 920 (DO, if possible but not really into xtreme OCing and so not sure this is an issue)
CPU Cooler: Coolit Domino, mainly for the neatness--not a fan of monster truck sized coolers.
MB: ??? leaning toward the PT6 (won't buy the microATX BTW)
or the EVGA SLI LE (but I read that this board has PCIe slot limitations?? 16 x 8 x 8 or something)
In a motherboard, I'm looking for a low to mid price board, ideally with idiot proof OC software. I'd be happy with 3.8 mghz. Open to other brands, but get overwhelmed trying to compare all the specs and figured I'd go with a MB that people recommend.
I was planning to build this over summer, but my current rig has gone haywire with all the USB plugs randomingly failing and my GPU crashing to a rainbow screen on occasion. The system is a 939 config with AGP and so it deserves to be reformated and consigned to the kids. The good thing is when your rig is crashing all the time, it is easy to justify the purchase to your wife.:)
BTW: main games are ARMA 2 (when it is release in NA) and OPF2 and MS X and any other cool flight sims or tank sims on the horizon.
I am planning to go with Windows 7 (64 bit) but am concerned about basic softwear compatibility (MS Office) and looking at Open Office as a possible solution.