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I'm looking for suggestions on the best/most solid micro ATX 775 socket board.

I have an E8600 3.33 laying around, as well as an SG03-F micro case, so I'd like to do a fun build that's capable of gaming (probably use a GTX 280 or 480 I have also laying around).

Hard to find a reliable micro 775 board so I'm not sure what to go with that doesn't require a pain with BIOS updates etc. or have other problems. Not too many out there.

Any suggestions?
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Hm.. I think newegg has a few good boards. But man, I hear the E8600 Overclocks good. I say you get a GTX 280 + 4GB's RAM and a 4Ghz + OC and you can max out Bad company 2

But I know Newegg and TigerDirect have them avaliabe.

Also, when your looking for a board, look for a good VRM Power phrase (I assume you know what that is). If not man, I'd totally swap you my system, LOL.
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There aren't that many good m-ATX 775 boards so I doubt you'll be hitting the limits of that e8600 on any of them.
The only decent one I can think of off the top of my head is an Asus P5Q-EM but there could be better boards out there.
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There's also some lower-end boards such as the G31TM-P21 from MSI.
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Oops, double-post... sorry.
Edited by v0rtic3s - 8/18/11 at 7:03am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nvidia-Brownies View Post
Hm.. I think newegg has a few good boards. But man, I hear the E8600 Overclocks good. I say you get a GTX 280 + 4GB's RAM and a 4Ghz + OC and you can max out Bad company 2

But I know Newegg and TigerDirect have them avaliabe.

Also, when your looking for a board, look for a good VRM Power phrase (I assume you know what that is). If not man, I'd totally swap you my system, LOL.
Heh, yeah... it overclocks nicely, though I probably wont OC it on this board.

I'm not sure of the power phase on the board I'm looking at, which is this one: this one (ASUS P5G41T-M/CSM), as it seems the best I can find for a 775 micro board at this point.

Finding more than 4GB compatible RAM seems a problem though, since it only has two DIMMS. But, between the E8600, a GTX 280 or 480 and 4GB it should be able to max things fine, as that very set-up was maxing things find on another full ATX board. The E8600 is just sitting in a Rampage Formula that I don't use anymore.

Requirements for maxing-out games are always over-rated.

This is just an extra system (I've a lot of spare hardware laying around) I want to build for fun.

I don't know, though... is it really a decent board? Handle gaming well?
Think it will have decent longevity?

Cant seem to find much else that seems reliable for 775.

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Originally Posted by Mike-IRL View Post
There aren't that many good m-ATX 775 boards so I doubt you'll be hitting the limits of that e8600 on any of them.
The only decent one I can think of off the top of my head is an Asus P5Q-EM but there could be better boards out there.
That particular board seems to have a horrible reputation.

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Originally Posted by Quantum Reality View Post
There's also some lower-end boards such as the G31TM-P21 from MSI.
Well, looking for as high-end as I can get, and I think the ASUS I'm looking at seems to have the best reputation for what few 775 micro boards that are left.
Edited by v0rtic3s - 8/18/11 at 7:17am
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