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I'm currently looking to build a mini-iTX setup for my wife. I figure a 17inch monitor and a small mini-iTX setup would do the job.

I won't need such a fancy motherboard but I would like to at least have a high quality reliable motherboard that will last well over 5-10 years if possible. I don't mind paying a little extra to know that its a good board. I just need it to be reliable.

There won't be any overclocking, I will be going with the cheapest LGA1155 - i5 CPU out there and the new HD7770 Video card.

Can someone please recommend me a Mini-iTX motherboard? Thank you
Edited by httuner - 2/22/12 at 8:24pm
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post #2 of 5
how about a micro ATX
the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 is the beast of beasts in the micro ATX Range.. might over you budget but shop arround or this open box one at newegg is a decent price for the beast of all m-ATX mobos
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131759R smile.gif

just realised it might abit bigger than what your looking for, but if you can fit in your case you choose, i would di=efinatly consider it, plus it will be very handy for when she returns thumb.gif
Edited by stubass - 2/19/12 at 12:05am
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post #3 of 5
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It needs to fit in a SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG06-B case, so it has to be mini-ITX

I was looking at the Zotac motherboards, but damn it seems those things are getting bad reviews on the eggs, I'm currently looking at the Asrock boards, but I'm just a little cautious about how good these boards are
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i'm running this in my workstation rig right now. no problems really. i got it from the marketplace here with a 2400 and rosewill cooler. with the cooler, its a real tight fit with the ram, so make sure u get something low profile or use the OEM HSF, or maybe both. Might not be that big a deal since you're not gonna OC. Right now the cooler is like 2mm from the PCI-e slot too, so its something to also consider.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131727
 
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hmm if there is really no need for overclocking, prob just look into a h67/h61 chipset. And some brands that are pretty reliable are asus and gigabyte. Asrock is also a brand to look into as asus is their parent company, and generally have been growing in popularity as well, from what i hear they are also pretty reliable.

although i would say a board to consider would be the asus H61 board . had some time with it and it may not have a bunch of features in comparison to "full size" boards (wireless, raid) , build and reliability is there

Hmm, not sure if your looking for built in wireless, raid, bluetooth or a certain number of sata ports though. As some itx boards do have Mini pci-e slots which allow for a M-pcie cards (for "upgrades" and add-ons) such as wireless cards, bluetooth, and m-pcie solid state drives. This asrock board would be a very good choise, has a wireless card in its mini-pcie slot (which can allow for a half height card ) and a few more features like raid, more rear ports and the wireless card pre-installed.

I currently have zotac itx z68 board and it has been very good to me so far, although they had a DOA issue in the past and a very limited bios (which has become a bit better since its release). Although mine didnt come dead on arrival i updated the bios and it helped alot smile.gif Also i replaced my stock wireless m-pcie card with a full size card with wireless + bluetooth which i use for travel (four 8 hour train rides a month). So far never had any issues with it and it overclocks pretty well and packs a good amount of features for its size.
Edited by DNytAftr - 2/19/12 at 1:56am
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