Micro ATX, why is it not used more often?
I did a search into Micro ATX on this forum. Originaly I was after building a reasonably future proof and upgradable system for my car for quite cheap, This ment a quite expensive Mini ITX Pentium M motherboard and 1.5ghz Celeron M processor with 1gb 533mhz ram and 250gb 3.5" ide hard disk in a reasonably small case to fit in the glove box with room to spare. This was setting me back roughly £450. I thought this would be a decent system to get my Satnav and Multimedia needs going. Then whilst browsing a components website recomended by a friend i found the Micro ATX form motherboard. I did a search in this website and found that if there is space it is a better board but not much more information then that. And even that just a brief sentence in a post. Now personaly this motherboard makes more sence to me becuase I can have a much more upgradable motherboard with 1gb 800mhz RAM, a fantastic onboard 7.1 sound card and multimedia graphics card on board which has got fantastic reviews, a 2 ghz amd x2 processor (dual core) with 500gb sata II hard disk in a case which can fit the glove box with relative ease an all this costing under £200. Now the question is if it is so much cheaper to have a much more powerful system, indeed some would argue too powerful, then why is it not used more by people building car computers as there is not that much difference in size. Is there something i have forgotten which makes the difference?