so does the LGA1155 mobo i listed above fulfilled ur requirements? or may i suggest another? it would be better if u mention ur actual budget
The features are probably more than adequate. I'd like to get firewire but they seem to be phasing that out more and more so I'll just use a PCI card for that. I would like to get a better brand name though, anything but Asus. Gigabyte, MSI, Abit, even Intel I guess. There's a few more.
I just realized my priorities should really be on size so I need to source out a quality CPU heatsink that is not higher than a PCI card. This may be more of a challenge with a smaller motherboard. I need to hit a store to see them in front of me. I'd like to have a very compact little box (I'll make that with aluminum angle) that has no wasted space at all. It would have mesh sides for airflow. Its for travel. Then I can plug it in to a monitor anywhere and by right up to speed. I could use cloud programs and storage but that seems so iffy when your internet speed is slow. Or I could run off a memory stick as well. That would be the best compromise for most applications except when the computer you're plugged into is very tightly locked down security wise and won't allow external programs to run. So many options. Anyway, thanks for the tips so far. It would be cool if people could just plug in their little computer box into the big hotel room monitor and just carry on like they're at home. I'd bring my own keyboard and mouse because I'm used to that and they don't take up much room.