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micro atx/mini itx motherboard for apu

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February 15, 2014 11:21:27 AM

i'm making a small form factor build, and im wondering if this motherboard is any good. the build is just for everyday use, web browsing, etc. Im putting it with an amd a6 richland.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also, if anyone has any suggestions for my build, here it is:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jshoop/saved/3K9u

i know the case isnt that great, but ittl do. also im not getting both the hard drives, if the budget allows it im getting the ssd and dropping the hard drive. only 80gbs are being used right now so i dont need alot of space. the budget is 400, but the least expensive the better. also i dont need an os

any help/suggestions is gladly appreciated,

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February 15, 2014 11:37:14 AM

looks like a pretty solid build too me, the Mobo would do fine for what you are using it for. i wouldn't really change anything, only think i would suggest is to get the HDD instead of SSD just so you have a bit of space to store some things on and such because you would probably fill the SSD up fairly quick . but then again, you might not need to store much, im ust going of of the amount of storage i take up from random programs and files.
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February 15, 2014 11:40:24 AM

i forgot to mention i have a 1tb external hard drive, most files and stuff go on there so i was thinking why not an ssd, ive never used one before
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February 15, 2014 11:47:46 AM

do you think i'll need 8gb ram? would 4gb suffice? it is an apu, which is ram dependent, but right now my slim computer is running an intel pentium d and 2 or 3gb ddr2 ram using integrated graphics
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February 15, 2014 11:51:21 AM

well, I had an APU. it was only an A4, but i had the PC for a year and it ran well on only 4GB of RAM so i guess you don't need the extra 4GB but there is a possibility it could make the Pc that slight bit faster
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February 15, 2014 12:00:11 PM

TheRevo said:
well, I had an APU. it was only an A4, but i had the PC for a year and it ran well on only 4GB of RAM so i guess you don't need the extra 4GB but there is a possibility it could make the Pc that slight bit faster


i think im gonna go to 4gb, if any more is needed we'll just upgrade it
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February 15, 2014 12:09:30 PM

are you going to be going with 1 stick of 4GB or 2 sticks of 2GB. i would suggest the two sticks so that you have dual channels,
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February 15, 2014 12:12:23 PM

yea thats what i was going to do, dual channel is much better. when we upgrade (if we do) then i'll sell the 4gb sticks or something, or just save them for a different build
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February 15, 2014 12:15:23 PM

nice, good luck with the build :) 
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February 15, 2014 12:19:01 PM

i was looking into getting a micro atx board with 4 ram slots but the cheapest one is another $25 more for something we might not do

this looks like it might be the final build, http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jshoop/saved/3K9u , i think it looks pretty good, and definatly a huge upgrade

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February 15, 2014 12:23:09 PM

yeah, it will suit your needs very well, im sure 4GB will do fine so theirs no point in spending more on unneeded features :) 
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February 15, 2014 12:24:55 PM

thanks for all the help, youve definatly cleared up my doubts on this. usually when im picking out components theyre more higher end so spending $50 on a motherboard is pretty rare, the first one i chose was 110 for mini itx, but i changed the case. thanks again :) 
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February 15, 2014 12:36:05 PM

glad to help :) 
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