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mATX build: What CPU/MoBo?

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I have a choice. I need an mATX build for some reasons. I need a video editing capable computer that is a bit portable.

I have a huge i7 3830K rig now. In a Fractal Arc XL. This is, how you say, NOT portable at all smile.gif

I would like a nice AMD mATX but am a bit worried. I am starting to fear there are no good small AMD motherboards.
Even in AMD I have 2 choices. I could buy an older CPU and put my 7850 in it (buy a used nvidia for the i7) OR buy a new and better CPU/MoBo combo and use that. Or I can go APU.
If I go APU, would I be better off going ATX or even bigger and making the Intel into the mATX?

I am really only looking at CPU and MoBo here. I have SSD, HD, Ram, power, cases, CPU coolers and everything. Unless the AMD need tri-channel RAM, but that is OK too.

Let me know what you would do, and why.

The why is important!

Thanks and cookies at my house for all who help. I will eat the cookies for you tongue.gif

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as someone who does a lot of video editing myself, I think you are going to miss the 3930 if you move to an amd rig. I think you should go x79 matx, and keep the power you currently have. Theres plenty of nice matx boards for x79, and you could find a good deal on a 4820k to go in it, or you could move the 3930k to the matx build and get a 4820k for the desktop. just my thoughts.
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Good advice there Life. When life speaks we listen LOL

To be clear, I will have 2 rigs here. So if I move the i7 3830K LGA2011 to mATX I will get full size or bigger AMD smile.gif
No need to make it a 4xxx. The 3 is plenty power for me.

I am thinking that may be the better way to go. I am a bit worried that the LGA2011 mATX that I like will be a bit expensive. Like a TUF. I love the Gryphon, wish that was 2011 smile.gif

So. What is the best but cheapest AMD combo now? APU preferred but not needed of it saves $.
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Acer p234w Mechanical Today its a Fractal Fractal Arc XL 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
1 or 2 of them Cherry Some speekers Logitech 800 bluetooth/RF headset 
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xeon 1230 v3 Asrock Z87e itx powercolor r9 290 Changes like socks 
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