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Hi,

I'm building this mini ITX rig for my parents
Here are the specs:
- Thermaltake Element Q
- Zotac NF610I-K-E
- Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 (2.7GHz, 800MHz FSB)
- 2x2 GB PC6400
- Intel X25-V 40GB
- 2x 500GB Raid 1
- DVD rewriter

I received it all, apart from the chassis, and while bench testing I underwent a few issues:
- Passive chipset overheats just installing windows (easy fix)
- Ram defective lead to BSOD and video corruption (running on spare ram now, will RMA those sticks).
- Motherboard is capricious, might be just lack of troubleshooting at this stage.
- But most importantly, video performance is terrible, aero is choppy.


This motherboard only has PCIe-x1 and I'm not happy adding a video card even if I was to find an x16 mini ITX board.

I bought this rig's components on ebuyer.com and they dont exactly have a large selection of mini-itx 775 boards. It would be nice if I could get this Zotac replaced and the only viable option (needing raid 1) is this GMA4500 powered Intel Eklo iQ45.
I'd gain dual channel memory (nice) and gigabit (don't really care).

Is the GMA-4500 capable of providing a smooth aero experience?
I want this rig to feel nice, snappy and smooth and this onboard GeForce 7050 ruins it.

If the GMA-4500 isn't gonna help I'll try and find something else elsewhere, any suggestions?
Requirements: 775 socket, good onboard GPU, 4 sata with raid support, dual channel would be nice (has to be DIMM DDR2)
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I'm getting the motherboard and RAM returned, they wont take the CPU back though.

So I'm now pretty much free to shop around for a new mini-ITX 775 platform.
It needs to remain fairly low cost, raid support and with a good onboard gpu (or possibly a very low end video card).
Any advice?
Edited by Infrabasse - 8/25/10 at 3:31am
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Stuck with this CPU I'm not left with many options.
Newegg brings up 5 results for mini ITX 775 boards with raid.

Realistically I don't really need raid1 though, just wanted the piece of mind.
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Personally I'd want to start looking at Zotac's 9300 models.
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Yeah, it's not like I have much choice is it?
3x more expensive motherboard for something that gives me a pci-e x16 slot that I won't need

Why put the good discreet gpus on the boards made for compact gaming rigs
It's not like people are gonna use it if they have a proper GPU. OK there's hybrid SLI but ... meh
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You should go 1156. Here is why:
775: you need 9300 chipset - 120, RAM- 80 CPU - 60-70?
1156: ECS H55H-I - 80, RAM - 85, CPU 100 cost is the same, power is greater, power draw is lower.
So sell the CPU and start over.
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Well the ZOTAC GF9300-I-E is $125 with no shipping at amazon (sold through buy.com though) right now. I just bought 1 a few weeks ago because I already had a spare e2140 and 2GB of DDR2 ram sitting around. I would have gone the 1156 route but for me it would have been a bit more expensive considering I did not need to buy a CPU or ram and I would not really benefit from the performance boost (plus I will downgrade the Q6600 in my living room HTPC to this one someday anyway so I would rather go with 775).

But I would definitely pay the extra cash on either the 9300 board or go for 1156. They are MUCH better boards anyway. At $125 shipped I really can't imagine it would be that much more that it wouldn't be worth it for the better performance. You won't have trouble with any 1080p playback on the 9300
    
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Yeah had I known this 610i was so useless with aero I'd probably have gone a totally different direction.
Either 1156 or AMD based on this beauty
Was too eager to start, haven't researched this enough. I'm usually a sucker for reviews, not sure why this happened.

Anyway, I broke the socket protector of the 610 when packing up for return So I ended up cancelling the return and ordered a ZOTAC GF9300-K-E and it's not even ideal with 3 sata + 1 e-sata.
It'll have to do. I'll know better next time.
Edited by Infrabasse - 8/27/10 at 1:31am
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Oh $%&#£ !!!!
I'm feeling so dumb right now.
New board is DDR3
I'm gonna need to get that DDR2 sent back after all.

I guess using the new board's socket protector I could ship back both 610I mobo and DDR2 ram after all. I hope it gets there in time.

This build is not going well. I hope it turns to the better when the case gets there.
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