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The best choice mATX motherboard for the AMD FX-8350

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March 27, 2014 9:51:12 PM

Hello, I have recently acquired a AMD FX-8350 for next to nothing and wish to build a high performance compact gaming computer. I have looked high and low for a mATX motherboard that will support it. I've narrowed it down to the only three motherboards that are able to and would like to know which would give me the best performance and reliability. I also plan on using a GTX 780 and two SSDs (one for the boot drive and one for games) I was given.

Mother board details can be found here:
1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The third motherboard is able to support an 8350 given a bios update.

Thank you all for your time and I look forward to some insight.

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March 27, 2014 10:08:56 PM

There are no current-gen AM3+ µATX boards - they're all using old 7xx series chipsets. I'd avoid them but you could use them if you really want.

I'd probably go for the Gigabyte one, though.

Are you sure you can't use a mid tower? µATX doesn't tend to be hugely smaller, but is likely to get warmer which isn't a great idea with an FX chip and 780.
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March 27, 2014 10:21:25 PM

I have a full sized tower right now and let's just say it's a huge pain to lug it around anywhere. This build is meant to be an on the go gaming station and has to be as small as possible. I am not content with the size of a mid tower but I am slowly starting to consider it. Are there any mid towers that you know of that are close to the size of mATX cases?
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March 27, 2014 10:25:12 PM

µATX doesn't tend to be much lighter.

If you want small/light, you really need to go down to mITX, which basically means Intel or an APU.
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March 27, 2014 11:42:57 PM

You are right, thank you for your help.
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May 7, 2014 12:49:02 PM

TheFedUpKid said:
I have a full sized tower right now and let's just say it's a huge pain to lug it around anywhere. This build is meant to be an on the go gaming station and has to be as small as possible. I am not content with the size of a mid tower but I am slowly starting to consider it. Are there any mid towers that you know of that are close to the size of mATX cases?


Corsair makes some small cases that might be what you're looking for. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/cases/obsidian-series
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