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I am building a budget Micro Atx Rig for Diablo 3, Live Streaming, and Video Editing. The build will be as follows:

i5 2500K
Nvidia GTX 570
Corsair AX750
16GB RAM
2TB HDD
Fractal Core 1000 Case
ASUS CD/DVD-RW

What is the cheapest Micro ATX Board w/ Decent Quality and Features that I can buy to match these components? It has to be either Micro Atx or Mini Itx to fit in the case. I'm hoping there's a nice "bang for your buck" board out there like the ASrock Extreme3 I had in my 2600K build.

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 13
For MicroATX boards, what you're most likely to get are opinions, not cold hard facts. If I was in your place, I would look on Newegg for 1155 boards with MicroATX form factor. Then you should narrow it down according to what you want.. For example, are you planning to OC? A Z68 board will be better for you then.

Also, since you're in Virginia, you may be close to Microcenter. They're running terrific specials on combinations of 2500k + motherboards. See if any of them are MicroATX, then look up reviews on NewEgg. If they're good, it will probably be your best bet.
    
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post #3 of 13
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Unfortunately, I am on the other side of the state (approx. 10 hours) from the MC in Virginia which is unfortunate because they always have such great deals on the CPU's and Motherboards.

I forgot to mention that I will need one extra PCI slot for a Capture Card, also.

I will only be overclocking if needed. Do you think I will need to for these applications?

Thanks for your input!
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post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Melee View Post

I forgot to mention that I will need one extra PCI slot for a Capture Card, also.

PCI slot? Or PCI-Express slot, and if so what speed is required? 1x, 2x, 4x?
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Melee View Post

What is the cheapest Micro ATX Board w/ Decent Quality and Features that I can buy to match these components? It has to be either Micro Atx or Mini Itx to fit in the case. I'm hoping there's a nice "bang for your buck" board out there like the ASrock Extreme3 I had in my 2600K build.

Here you are... ASRock Z68 PRO3-M or MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) thumb.gif

Both mobos are excellent OCers & there have been real nice site reviews for these mobos...Just Google & you will see for yourself thumb.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 3/23/12 at 2:58pm
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Here you are... ASRock Z68 PRO3-M or MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) thumb.gif
Both mobos are excellent OCers & there have been real nice site reviews for these mobos...Just Google & see for yourself thumb.gif

this for sure, both are great boards and would be close to if not the best bang for buck mATXs i know of especially the ASrock thumb.gif
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post #7 of 13
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PCI slot? Or PCI-Express slot, and if so what speed is required? 1x, 2x, 4x?

My mistake, it needs a PCI-E Slot but I believe any of them will work. It states this:

"PCI Express 1 lane, compatible with 1, 4, 8 and 16 lane PCIe slots."
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I just grabbed an open box gene-z for $130. I'm not saying go for that one specifically, but don't forget about the open box options!
     
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post #9 of 13
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My mistake, it needs a PCI-E Slot but I believe any of them will work. It states this:
"PCI Express 1 lane, compatible with 1, 4, 8 and 16 lane PCIe slots."

still look at that ASrock drBlahMan suggested as for PCIe/PCI
PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 1 slot
PCI Express x1 - 2 slots
PCI Slots - 1 slot

or spend abit extra on the MSI if you want but i see no need
PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 2 slots (x16, x4)
PCI Express x1 - 2 slots

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I just grabbed an open box gene-z for $130. I'm not saying go for that one specifically, but don't forget about the open box options!

if you can snag an open box Asus z68 maximusIV gene-z for 4130 open box like this dude did, i would jump on that for sure.. best mATX board arround smile.gif
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