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My case is limited to a microATX. What would you say is the best MicroATX board I can get?
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Me too. I have a spare MicroATX case that I want to mod, but don't have a usable uATX board...
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You are limited in selection, but I think an ATI or nforce4 equipped board would be the way to go...I'm biased though.

What are your plans for it? (ie. what else will be going into this rig) maybe that will help narrow down the choices.
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I hope to get as much performance from games as I can, so that would probably include overclocking.
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Originally Posted by kevin_tsoi2000
I hope to get as much performance from games as I can, so that would probably include overclocking.
Your sig says you have an Intel board... But this is in the AMD section, so I'm guessing you're going A64?

How 'bout this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186066

Foxconn NF4K8MC-EKRS Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Micro ATX - $76.00

It's nForce 4 so I'd think it'd be decent at overclocking (nothing like the praised DFI boards, but it's uATX). The reviews say something about using a "true microATX 24-pin PSU." What does that mean? Aren't all 24-pin PSU's layout the same?
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There are no native 24 pin mATX psu's out there. They are all 20+4.
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post #7 of 12
The best micro atx board for AMD 939 out there is this Biostar board. Over at Hardforum there is a thread on these boards, people are having good luck with them breaking 300htt for some.

has like vcore up to 1.7 vdimm up to 2.93 (has a jumper to supply 3.3vdimm) and good options.

its pci-e but has built in video if you dont have a pci-e card yet

I just ordered mine, should be here today or tomorrow .

edit: If you arent sure about a motherboard i.e. that foxconn just go to their website and read through the mobo manual to see what kind of bios options it has for OCing.
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Thank you for the suggestions. I just remembered about AMD M2 though, should I wait and invest in that? Would it be worth it? At the least, it should drive some of the 939 prices down a bit.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130520 This one doesn't have jack in the way of overclocking but everything i read about it shows it stable and reliable. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813153027 This one has more options to overclock i think. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856110043 i am considering this just to get the mobo as I can't find the board sold seperate and ir uses the better ULI southbridge for better USB and SATA 2, and the manual shows multiplier and voltage settings and a bunch of mem settings. I prefer ATI based boards as the one I have an MSI ms7093 has been nothing but stable and i can get a little extra from a clockgen but this board is alot harder to find. Nforce based micros tend to have more oc options than ATI's.
    
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Biostar makes a great NF4 MB. I just built one using a xp cpu and it was great. Built it for a friend down south for his little girl. Man it was fast for a XP build. It also overclocked make mad
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