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at the moment i run a matx z68. i would really like to go smaller and i been really leaning toward the new asus z77-i itx. do theses small itx boards perform as well as a matx. i'm not really concerned with oc'ing. i just want a smaller gaming pc and this board looks like it could be my answer.i realize theres no reviews out yet on this, but i know theres guys here that been gaming on itx for awhile now. i'm just looking for some information and experience from itx users.
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Yes they do run quite well - like you said don't expect them to o/c as well, but they do offer overclocking headroom, and you'll usually be a bit limited on the features (such as significantly less SATA ports) but as a whole they perform just as well as their larger brethren.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Yes they do run quite well - like you said don't expect them to o/c as well, but they do offer overclocking headroom, and you'll usually be a bit limited on the features (such as significantly less SATA ports) but as a whole they perform just as well as their larger brethren.

well for me this could be great. i only use one ssd and one hdd. i guess im just concerned with performance issues.
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Yea, with only one card it should perform about equal, assuming you dont want to OC although the new one of the new asus itx mobos looks pretty promising for that. Just remember, only 2 sticks of ram, most likely only 4 sata ports, not a lot of hard drive space (assuming you go with an itx case), and you may have to deal with less cooling power (no H100 most likely) and possibly a slim optical drive or sff PSU. Depending on the case you can kind of choose which things you want to go with. Its a good route to go IMO, i will be trying it soon thumb.gif
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Yea, with only one card it should perform about equal, assuming you dont want to OC although the new one of the new asus itx mobos looks pretty promising for that. Just remember, only 2 sticks of ram, most likely only 4 sata ports, not a lot of hard drive space (assuming you go with an itx case), and you may have to deal with less cooling power (no H100 most likely) and possibly a slim optical drive or sff PSU. Depending on the case you can kind of choose which things you want to go with. Its a good route to go IMO, i will be trying it soon thumb.gif

well my sons pc just took a crap..old amd 6000+. i figured if i upgrade to this i could hand down all my letover parts(mobo,cooler,ram). other than that i dont have to buy much more,just ram. i'm just not into big pc's anymore.if i can manage to keep the same perforance as i have now...i'm sold on itx.. the only real issue i have with itx is onboard sound.
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post #6 of 13
There are plenty of mITX boards to choose from.

If you are not particularly interested in overclocking, an H77 board might be better.

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i'm just not into big pc's anymore.if i can manage to keep the same perforance as i have now...i'm sold on itx.. the only real issue i have with itx is onboard sound.

Thats the point im at, hauling a 70 pound pc to and from college is a PITA, no matter how much I love custom watercooling. Thats the other thing I was thinking. Is it possible to get USB sound cards though? are those near as good as pcie ones?
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by armourcore9brker View Post

There are plenty of mITX boards to choose from.
If you are not particularly interested in overclocking, an H77 board might be better.
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the asus i-deluxe is the one i'm wanting,but will wait to see evga's mobo.
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Shadow_Foxx View Post

Thats the point im at, hauling a 70 pound pc to and from college is a PITA, no matter how much I love custom watercooling. Thats the other thing I was thinking. Is it possible to get USB sound cards though? are those near as good as pcie ones?

not real sure about the sound myself, but maybe someone will chime in and help ya out. i figure we all might learn something new. i was pretty disappointed with the onboard on my z68.
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post #10 of 13
Depends on how much someone wants to pay for a sound card...Asus Essence One is [an expensive] one.
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