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post #1 of 12
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Hello everyone!

So I've been trying to assemble a new itx build, and I've already ordered some memory and the case (SG05) But I needed some help with the motherboard

I've been reading a lot about the itx boards that newegg has to sell and some other ones, and I can't really seem to be able to choose any one other the other

I wanted an H61 chipset for an i5, which will most likely be a 2400, and I intended to use it for some not-so-intensive gaming, like diablo 3, and I don't plan on overclocking either.
I have an old 4850 in my closet, so I decided i'd use that one, and I got 2x4gb of some 1333 G Skill Ripjaw X Ram. I think that the stock cooler cpu cooler would also suffice, but any good recommendations on low profile type cpu coolers. I hear that noctua has a pretty good one, but I think that is a little over my budget.

I don't really want to spend all that much money on the mother board either, so I would prefer to to stay under $100

I've been considering this Foxconn one, which is the cheapest they have on newegg, but It'd be nice if it had an integrated wireless card, or decent audio.

Also, About the wireless, I'm not very familiar about the boards with the mini pci slot for a wireless card, and would those be better, or just as good, or not as good as would a regular wireless usb adapter be.

I've heard that people here like ASRock, but reading about some reviews, they seem to have a lot of DOA's, which I think means dead on arrival...?
But then again, they are newegg reviews, and I don't really know the validity of those reviews.



I'd appreciate any input or thoughts or recommendations about these tiny boards, like if there are any newer or more worth while chipsets.



Heres a short summary of what I have so far, or am planning to get

Ram: 2x4 Gb 1333 Ripjaws X
CPU: i5 - 2400
GPU: Visiontek 4850
Case: SG05 450 watts

HDD: I have a few laying around, I hear that sata III isnt a big difference over sata II for HDD
SSD: None intended
Cooler: Stock Cooler


Thanks in advance !
Edited by Peopie - 5/12/12 at 12:19pm
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Zotac makes an amazing h55 itx board, my friend has his 6970, i7 870, and ridgebacks in a Lian Li suitcase and he loves it all. It's being cooled by a cheap h40 as there is no room for overclocking. It has an included mini pci-e WiFi card that works just fine.

Never had any problems with it but it was a good $150 when he bought it.

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Actually after looking at prices and features now I'd suggest http://www.Newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-841. Great features and great price, not to mention it's Asus!

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157311

Gets my vote, I was more than happy with my Llano build and the ASRock board.

I also went with a standard USB wireless dongle but I was also only going through one wall.

The only reason I would pick the ASUS board is if you need the extra SATA ports
 
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post #5 of 12
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Thanks for your quick replies!

I guess I'll go with the usb wireless adapter then.

I thought that the 70- series chipsets were designed for the new ivy bridge processors?
Speaking of which, ivy bridges are mostly just cooler than sandy bridges without overclocking, right?

I'm trying to get a comparison on that intel website of their chipsets, and I can't figure out how to use that website jealoussmiley.gif

Hmm, I don't think I'll be needing that many ports, 4 would probably be more than enough ports
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post #6 of 12
quality wise, i'd go ASUS > ASRock > Zotec. however Zotec and ASRock has been the 2 manufactures that's been willing to put out the latest ITX boards. ASUS seem to drag their feet on releasing new boards.
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Ah, I see

I think i'll be sticking to sandy bridges so I probably won't be needing any of the newer chipsets

So I guess I may be going with this asus board instead
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well, asus does have a new Z77 ITX board. i'm just saying they "usually" drag their arse on new boards. this time they are actually on the ball biggrin.gif
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well, asus does have a new Z77 ITX board. i'm just saying they "usually" drag their arse on new boards. this time they are actually on the ball biggrin.gif
I own both the Asrock & Asus, and with the exception of socket placement/which cooler one plans to use, I see no reason to recommend the P8Z77-I Deluxe over the Asrock Z77E-ITX. Asrock has increased their warranty from 2 years to 3 years and has really stepped up their game with the Z77 series imo.

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I'm currently running the ASRock Z77E-ITX in my SG06-based sig rig. I'm very happy with the board, and the price was reasonable.
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