mjd420nova, on 29 January 2013 - 03:57 PM, said:
The number of links was mind numbing greatful as I didn't have to search myself. Everything I looked at didn't fit into my ideas nor did the MOBO's seem to have much room to breathe. I'd like a spread out board to add extra-cooling as this unit is expected to be running up to three hours with around a 50% load on the CPU and a 75% load on the GPU. As a video handling along with the audio, HD standards with the HDMI ports being the primary output device. A studio mixer is what I essentially want, just not with as many inputs/outputs. I am slanted towards Intel and Nvidia but haven't completed my research/reviews of the hardware. Then comes the software. Many users I've dealt with buy a program that worked on their Intel units but couldn't be swapped to an AMD machine. Reviews are scant but many forums have some good info. The 1080P standard has become a reach for many, 720 being most prolific.
For what it is worth, in the right case, like the Silverstone SG-05
, or the BitFenix Prodigy (sorry no linky for that one), the temps for most systems can be quite manageable.
That said, I also understand the desire for extra room, it is just that this thread quickly turned to micro boards... There are, of course, plenty of options in the Micro-ATX, or even full ATX systems. These days, I recommend Intel for just about every budget anyway, as AMD simply doesn't have anything that is truly competitive. Nvidia video cards, are also typically more widely supported (for GPGPU anyhow). I would point out though, that running video compression through your video card does, in fact, reduce the quality.