i had a midi tower in my last build and, now i look at it next to the mini-ITX, i'm kind of astonished i just stayed with 'regular' desktops for so long. the thing is huge and it's 60% empty space/dust collection. couple that with something like double the number of case fans, as well, and they're just so much noisier.
i can mount an SSD tray inside my case technically, but it will affect airflow, plus the extra heat output from more drives, etc. not a route i want to go down.
anyway the X570 mobo you've bought is for sure the enthusiast grade and the best option. my only caveat there is that the ryzen CPUs don't overclock like intel ones do. all the extra VRM capacity and promised stability won't really be used. i guess it's just up to the individual consumer and their needs. i don't think i've ever bought a premium CPU in the higher-end 'overclockable' spectrum over just the more standard mid-range options. i don't render and i'm not an overclocking enthusiast. games are still disappointingly weak at using multi-core. the CPU in all of my builds since, like, early 2000s have just been parts that serve out their life without becoming impediments.
the other big thing is ports and input/output. i went with mini-ITX because i need relatively little. the biggest weakness in pretty much all windows motherboards for me, at this point, is lack of thunderbolt support. you have to spend so much to get that technology, and it's buggy as hell. i don't really need 12x USB 3 ports, or 2x PCI-e 16x, or 8 SATA-2 or whatever that comes on beefy full-size mobos. a lot of monitors come with their own USB hubs thesedays.
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