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Hello

I'd appreciate a bit of help finding a mini-atx MB to suit this this case CiT MTX-003B
I'm looking for a Socket: FM2 MB as I intend to use a amd A6 apu. The thing is to be mainly a media centre.with the capability to do a of internet and the occasional spreadsheet. So the mb doesn't have to be anything special feature wise - cheaper rather than cutting edge expensive.
Overclockers uk have ASRock FM2A75M-ITX and MSI A75IA-E53 both of which are at the top end of what I want to pay - which is the best ? i don't know

I'm hoping some of you knowledgeable people will be able to point me at one or the other or suggest alternatives

Thanks for any help you can give
post #2 of 4
Or one by Gigabyte - http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4611#ov

scan have it for pre order (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-f2a85xn-wifi-amd-a85x-fm2-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-dvi-d-hdmi-mini-itx). ASRock are OK, I think the company was set up by ex Asus employees, MSI and Gigabyte are both good. To be honest, they've all been making motherboards long enough they probably know what they're doing! If it's all on price go for the cheapest one readily available

Also for the sake of pedantry the form factor is mini ITX but I'll forgive you!

Also, there are some similarly priced socket 1155 Intel mini ITX boards on the H61 chipset. Don't know much about that chipset though, thought I'd give you the option.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-h61n-d2v-intel-h61-socket-1155-ddr3-dvi-i-mini-itx-gigabit-lan.
Edited by pharcycle - 8/30/13 at 2:42pm
 
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Hello
Thanks for the reply
You know I've spent a day taping in and searching on 'mini-atx' and never noticed it should be 'mini-itx' rolleyes.gif

The Gigabyte looks quite good, though its getting on for twice what i was hoping to pay (skinflint) having said that it does have built in wifi which is something i would have been adding as a separate. Can easily justify the extra dosh as it means not having to buy wifi as an extra and also not having problem of finding space - and everyone knows more expensive means more desirable tongue.gif
So unless someone throughs an alternative out think I'll probably go for that
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If you plan to stream content to your device, wired would be a much better way to go but it's not always possible.

One difference I noticed was the Gigabyte board has 2x HDMI and 1x DVI sockets where as the MSI board has 1x HDMI and 1x D-SUB VGA socket, you might have a preference for one option over the other.

VGA is pretty much (but not entirely) obsolete now so I'd rather have extra digital monitor outputs. In theory you can have a monitor, HDTV and Projector all plugged in simultaneously although not sure if you'd be able to use all screens concurrently. Of course if you plan to use a separate GPU the difference is largely irrelevant.

You would be able to get a wifi adapter for less than the difference between the two boards but yeah, it won't be by much and it won't eat up one of your USB or PCI-e ports going for the gigabyte board so that's also an advantage.

I haven't actually used any of these boards mind you and I tend to exclusively by Asus so can't really comment first hand on the build quality but there are a lot of people on here who swear by Gigabyte boards so they must be doing something right. I've owned an ASRock board before (for a media PC actually) and it did everything I needed it to.
 
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