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Best mother board for bitfenix prodigy intel build?

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May 17, 2013 11:46:48 AM

Hi I'm looking to buy a mini itx motherboard with 1155 socket but I dont know which one to buy? my budget is upto £90 but would like to get the best one for the price :) 

The ones I have looked at the:
GIGABYTE H77N wifi
Asus P8H77-I


If you have any recommendation and price please let me know I will be buying the motherboard before the end of the week or tonight :) 

my bitfenix prodigy spec is:
i5 2500k
8gb ram
2gb gtx660
60ssd
1tb
corsair tx 750

Thanks in advance!
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May 17, 2013 11:52:54 AM

For an overclockable processor you will want a Z77 (or 68) board, but these are quite a bit more expensive.
The Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe is probably regarded as the best in it's class, but its not cheap. The ASRock Z77E-ITX is better priced, but is a little bit more awkward with regards to fitting coolers.

Additionally, for that setup a 750W PSU is massive overkill. A 500-550W should give you plenty of room for a solid overclock, and it's not like you can add additional graphics cards.
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May 17, 2013 11:57:43 AM

Rammy said:
For an overclockable processor you will want a Z77 (or 68) board, but these are quite a bit more expensive.
The Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe is probably regarded as the best in it's class, but its not cheap. The ASRock Z77E-ITX is better priced, but is a little bit more awkward with regards to fitting coolers.

Additionally, for that setup a 750W PSU is massive overkill. A 500-550W should give you plenty of room for a solid overclock, and it's not like you can add additional graphics cards.


Thanks might have a look into it. forgot to mention I have a corsair h60 water cooling. thought id get a 750w just to make sure I have enough power lol, I'll be installing a 230mm fan at the front aswell :)  and may need a dvd/blueray drive

Thanks for the recommendation again!
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May 17, 2013 12:21:54 PM

The ASUS board looks good, but the chipset will not allow for an OC which means you should look for a higher end mobo, or else get a slightly cheaper i5 CPU.

Agreed with Rammy, the PSU is a bit much. I have a 750W PSU in my big rig 'just in case' I ever decide to get a 2nd GTX570 to SLi in there. A GTX660 will sip power, so something in the 450-500W range is probably plenty, especially at stock speeds.
On a side note, there are passively cooled 500W PSUs on the market now (if you have the money for them). I would not put in a passively cooled PSU if you are going to be overclocking or pushing the system in any way, or if there is potential for a lack of airflow. But if those are not issues then it would be a good way to get rid of yet another fan from the system.
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May 17, 2013 12:32:33 PM

CaedenV said:
The ASUS board looks good, but the chipset will not allow for an OC which means you should look for a higher end mobo, or else get a slightly cheaper i5 CPU.

Agreed with Rammy, the PSU is a bit much. I have a 750W PSU in my big rig 'just in case' I ever decide to get a 2nd GTX570 to SLi in there. A GTX660 will sip power, so something in the 450-500W range is probably plenty, especially at stock speeds.
On a side note, there are passively cooled 500W PSUs on the market now (if you have the money for them). I would not put in a passively cooled PSU if you are going to be overclocking or pushing the system in any way, or if there is potential for a lack of airflow. But if those are not issues then it would be a good way to get rid of yet another fan from the system.


I'll probably spend a bit more on the motherboard then what are the options? and I've already bought the cpu + psu so if I can get the psu back Ill get 500 or 600w :) 
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May 20, 2013 7:30:43 AM

I don't exactly know what is available in your area, but any ITX board will do the trick. Just be sure to get one with a z77 chipset if you want to OC.

Another issue with overclocking is that you will NEED to have something more substantial than the stock cooler... and I don't know of a whole lot of coolers that will fit inside of a crammed ITX case. With most ITX builds you would typically run at stock speeds to ensure that you do not run across any heat issues.

Here are some ITX z77 boards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If your ITX build is going to be fairly portable then I would suggest getting one of the ASUS boards with built in WiFi so that you have easy internet connectivity wherever you land it.
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