Summary: I installed this motherboard in my first "custom built" computer. Paired with an Intel i3 CPU, it greatly out performs all other computers I have ever used. I am currently using only 8 GB of RAM which I plan to double to it's maximum of 16. The HD video and 7.1 sound are fantastic.
Summary: This platform should be in a full tower. However it fits well into a mid tower with ease. I suggest full tower due to the expansions built into this board(asus.com). I havent been able to find a game yet that can video lag.