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Best Mini-ITX for non gaming? + a few questions!

HI guys!

I'm planning to build a pc in the Corsair Obsidian 250 case.
Now I don't want to play games on it, just watch movies, browse the web.
But I do want it to be REALLY fast ;).
Now I need a mobo that fits the case (mini-ITX)
but is not intended for gaming.

Also do I need a GPU?
If so, which one do you recommend?

Thanks so much for replying, I really need the help!
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  1. No you don't need a gpu if you won't game at all. Do you have a cpu or are you buying one as well?
  2. I plan to use either a i3 or i5.
    Thanks for replying!
    So a GPU has no benefit at all for anything else?
  3. The 250D is kinda intended for if you need a full size graphics card, a 240mm rad and an optical drive. If you don't want those things (possibly even none of them) then it's really just a very wide, flat box, and quite big overall for an ITX build.
    You aren't really gaining anything from using it.

    "REALLY fast" is a bit of an odd thing to say, as it doesn't really mean anything. Most decent modern computers will do things like web browsing equally quickly, whether they cost a little or a lot.
    What can improve the general responsiveness of your system, as well as the boot times, is an SSD. Depending on your budget, this may well be a good investment.

    You don't need a graphics card for the things you intend to do, as virtually any Intel CPU and the AMD A-series APUs have more than sufficient onboard graphics.
    The one thing you might want to consider is whether or not you need to have integrated Wifi on your motherboard, it's actually one of the quickest ways to cut down the motherboard selection, as it's fairly uncommon.

    Which motherboard you need really depends on your budget. A basic AMD A4/A6 is going to be fine for your build, most likely paired with a basic A75 board like the MSI FM2-A75IA. On the Intel side, you have some of the Intel dual core processors, the Pentiums and the Core i3s, these can be paired with a H81/B75/B85 board as applicable.
  4. any mini itx board will do, any 1150, with an i7.
  5. Well if you are not gonna game a gpu will just be a waste of money. Do you have a budget?
  6. 13thmonkey said:
    any mini itx board will do, any 1150, with an i7.


    An i7 just for web browsing??
  7. I don't have a budget yet.
    I plan to use a SSD for the OS
    and a HDD for storage.
    I really like the look of the case, that's the reason
    I want to build in it. But I don't know what the best cooling
    methods are, so basically a pcpartpicker list would be great.
    The CPU stock cooler would be sufficient I guess.
    The PC is going to be like a family-pc. So it won't be going
    through a lot of work.
    Thanks so much for replying!
  8. Gate9er said:
    13thmonkey said:
    any mini itx board will do, any 1150, with an i7.


    An i7 just for web browsing??


    he wants 'really fast' but not gaming. for perfectly adequately fast i'd say an i3.
  9. Well I have a mitx system with an i3 I use it for web browsing, movies and Office work. It runs like a sweet and it doesn't even have an ssd. The 250D is indeed an excellent case though it is intended for gamers who have lack of space or attend to LAN parties etc. Have you thought of building in an HTPC mitx case?
  10. I thought of an i3 too,
    but i still need a mobo though,
    and an adequate psu.
    As I said earlier, a pcpartpicker list would be amazing,
    but some general advice would be awesome too.
    Thanks in advance
  11. That would be a good system for you.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Q9UQ
  12. oh my god thank you so much for taking the
    time to do that! You sir are awesome :)
    But is the mobo not a little low end?
    And are all these components compatible with the Obsidian 250D?
    And is 300W not a little on the low side?
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    Paradoxale said:
    oh my god thank you so much for taking the
    time to do that! You sir are awesome :)
    But is the mobo not a little low end?
    And are all these components compatible with the Obsidian 250D?
    And is 300W not a little on the low side?


    Well as the guys said you don't need a high end motherboard to do the things you listed. I chose that motherboard because it supports all the latest technology and ASUS is top brand. The 300W power supply is more than enough since you will be just powering up 2 ram sticks, an ssd and a cpu. Regarding the 250D, you will have to go with an ATX power supply since the one I chose is an SFX (i.e. small factor).
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