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I have a AM3+ and FX-6300. I love the system and it does everything I ask. In fact, it's so fast that I find myself undervolting and underclocking it since most of my games don't utilize it to it's fullest. That being said, I hate having a big tower that I can't bring anywhere without having a hernia. I really want to build a tiny box that I can just carry around with one hand, but still able to play all my games.

I looked at all the FM2 ITX boards and none of them have the features I want. Does anyone know of one that has dedicated headphone amp, high quality VRM, built-in WiFi, and BIOS reset switch on the back?
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Get a new CPU cooler (AIO liquid or an AXP-140 are the best that will fit), and you could cram your current rig into this, lol. It's smaller than alot of ITX cases.
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3074

Anyway, that's asking alot for an APU board. USB Amps are gonna be better than any onboard audio you'll find, and there's nothing wrong with USB wifi... even then, I only see 5 AMD ITX boards on Newegg right now, and I'm not sure any have a BIOS reset switch.
Edited by brucethemoose - 7/17/13 at 4:28pm
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Get a new CPU cooler (AIO liquid or an AXP-140 are the best that will fit), and you could cram your current rig into this, lol
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3074

Anyway, that's asking alot for an APU board. USB Amps are gonna be better than any onboard audio you'll find, and there's nothing wrong with USB wifi... even then, I only see 5 AMD ITX on Newegg right now, and I'm not sure any have a BIOS reset switch.

Thanks for the reply. I could probably just buy a usb adapter and usb amp, but I definitely want a bios switch. I really don't want to have to open up a shoebox over and over fiddling for a tiny jumper after a failed overclock.
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Well it ain't FM2, but this board has a CMOS reset switch + more. Unfortunately, the Haswell i3s aren't out yet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157374

I think I see a CMOS switch here, and you can use Sandy/Ivy i3s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130696
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Well it ain't FM2, but this board has a CMOS reset switch + more. Unfortunately, the Haswell i3s aren't out yet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157374

I think I see a CMOS switch here, and you can use Sandy/Ivy i3s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130696

I know the Haswell motherboards are soooo good. It's a tough decision lol
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Most Intel boards are pretty good, actually. Motherboard quality is more of a concern on AMD systems, because a lot of crap boards that sell on price are AMD-based, and also because you need a high-quality board to maximize performance from a high-end AMD processor.
     
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Most Intel boards are pretty good, actually. Motherboard quality is more of a concern on AMD systems, because a lot of crap boards that sell on price are AMD-based, and also because you need a high-quality board to maximize performance from a high-end AMD processor.

Yeah I agree, also it seems like Intel motherboards receive more updates from manufacturers vs AMD. At least that's how it is on the boards I have now. My AMD board has a bug where the USB locks up the computer randomly. I've tried reinstalling the OS several times and it keeps happening. Stock clocks too.
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