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I am thinking that about $650 would be what I am wanting to spend. I am wanting to recycle the drives, HDs, etc from my existing rig, and get new microATX core parts. I am wanting to do gaming/media, but don't need the bleeding edge. I'm not sure of what ratio of processor to video card to be getting, or even if an intel is the best product for me. I would like to have a SSD for the OS and basic programs. I also have an xfi soundcard that I'm wanting to keep, so that is what is keeping me from a 1-slot ITX build.

I would love your suggestions as to the best possible combination for the money. I will plan on $50 for the case and $600 in parts. Thank you!
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Sure, I'll put together something for you, just gimme a second!
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I decided to make a new post to put the builds in because racecar.
As you can see, I put together an Intel and AMD build.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Phenom M Midnight Black MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($102.97 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.56 @ Amazon)
Total: $652.48
This build, I went a little cheap on the CPU and GPU so I could go a little nicer on everything else. Granted, thats not to say either is slow. You will have no problems gaming on this. Its very upgradable because I got you into a Z87 motherboard, 8GB of ram and I got you into a great case. PSU is good too.
Warning: AMD (Click to show)
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: BitFenix Phenom M Midnight Black MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($102.97 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.56 @ Amazon)
Total: $655.49
This CPU is NOT upgradable with this board. AMD doesnt make an X990 micro-ATX board. Though, you do have a GTX 760, which is fantastic. Everything else is the same.

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So I think I've been sold on an mITX, but at the same time my car just got hail damaged and my funds aren't as loose. I don't need a PSU, and could probably stand a 'generic' motherboard. Without case or PSU, any chance of getting this down to about 550 with a 120GB SSD? I'm willing to sacrifice the CPU for a bit better video card, games are the only thing my CPU will be worrying about.
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So I think I've been sold on an mITX, but at the same time my car just got hail damaged and my funds aren't as loose. I don't need a PSU, and could probably stand a 'generic' motherboard. Without case or PSU, any chance of getting this down to about 550 with a 120GB SSD? I'm willing to sacrifice the CPU for a bit better video card, games are the only thing my CPU will be worrying about.
No way with the SSD. Just not a single chance. I would never recommend using a "generic" motherboard, so much can go wrong. Plus you wouldn't save all that much. However, you can get this build down to the $550 mark biggrin.gif

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Canada Computers) (Its hyperthreaded so its not that bad)
Motherboard: MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ NCIX)
Case: BitFenix Phenom M Midnight Black MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $544.95
Got rid of the PSU as you said you can use the one you have. Phenom went down in price which is awesome, but it before it goes back up! Still upgradable as before. Note, you wont get a motherboard for under $60 that I would trust.
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What about on the MITX side? I think I've been sold on ditching the inbed xfi for my USB one that I have.
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What about on the MITX side? I think I've been sold on ditching the inbed xfi for my USB one that I have.
Cost goes up even higher, ITX boards cost more due to more research going into them. You wont have enough for a proper M-ITX system.
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I too don't recommend a generic mobo. I remember those times when Fry's had CPU/Mobo combos and paired them with those horrible ECS ones. Problems all over the place.
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Hm.... DANGIT. I guess I need to save a bit. how much more are you thinking for a good M ITX board? The rest of the suggestions wouldn't change based on the form factor switch, right?
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