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Good mATX and/or mITX motherboard/case recommendations?

I plan on upgrading to an i5 6500 from my dinosaur Q6600, and I've decided on going with micro atx or mini itx. I will go with whatever form factor fits in the case I like most (ie. matx for matx case). I would prefer the mobo to be around $100 or less and the case under $100. If I go with mitx I will most likely go with the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv iTX. But I'm not sure on the mobo. My color scheme is black and red. I also plan on water cooling in the future and currently have a hyper 212 evo cooler, so the case needs to be able to fit that(but if it can't I would highly appreciate a decently priced replacement.
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  1. Here is what I would suggest.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($201.89 @ B&H)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: ASRock H270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($110.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($97.97 @ Jet)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($249.99 @ Jet)
    Case: Corsair 380T Mini ITX Tower Case ($139.99 @ Corsair)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.89 @ B&H)
    Total: $965.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-10 19:45 EST-0500
  2. elbert said:
    Here is what I would suggest.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($201.89 @ B&H)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: ASRock H270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($110.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($97.97 @ Jet)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($249.99 @ Jet)
    Case: Corsair 380T Mini ITX Tower Case ($139.99 @ Corsair)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.89 @ B&H)
    Total: $965.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-10 19:45 EST-0500


    I'm not looking to buy a whole new system. Just cpu, mobo, ram, and case.
    I like the cpu and mobo(although I would rather pay less for an itx mobo). The case is nice, but completely out of my price range. I also like the evolve itx better and it is half the cost. Also, why did you recommend a new air cooler? Do you have any recommendations for a cheaper case and/or motherboard?
  3. Best answer
    I recommended the new heatsink due to the CM 212 doesn't fit 380t case. The Evlove supports your cooler or you can get the better cryorig H7. The only motherboards to be sure supports kabylake out of the box is the 200 series and there is only 3 ITX. The one I posted above is the lowest cost. Here is the Z270 version for just a bit more.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $237.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 12:41 EST-0500
  4. elbert said:
    I recommended the new heatsink due to the CM 212 doesn't fit 380t case. The Evlove supports your cooler or you can get the better cryorig H7. The only motherboards to be sure supports kabylake out of the box is the 200 series and there is only 3 ITX. The one I posted above is the lowest cost. Here is the Z270 version for just a bit more.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $237.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 12:41 EST-0500


    But kaby lake is still running on the lga 1151 chipset. So doesn't that mean any 1151 mobo would work?
  5. Any 1151 with a bios that supports the new kabylake. IE the motherboard has to come with the bios already update else you need a skylake to update first.. This tends to take some time for companys to move out old stock before you can be sure to get a supporting bios for kabylake. Right now I would only suggest risking it if you have a friend with a skylake CPU or if your willing to buy a cheap celeron skylake just for updating bios.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Celeron G3900 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($42.57 @ Jet)
    Total: $42.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 21:28 EST-0500
  6. elbert said:
    I recommended the new heatsink due to the CM 212 doesn't fit 380t case. The Evlove supports your cooler or you can get the better cryorig H7. The only motherboards to be sure supports kabylake out of the box is the 200 series and there is only 3 ITX. The one I posted above is the lowest cost. Here is the Z270 version for just a bit more.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $237.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 12:41 EST-0500


    I like this setup and the Enthoo EVOLV is an awesome case!
  7. grated parmesan said:
    elbert said:
    I recommended the new heatsink due to the CM 212 doesn't fit 380t case. The Evlove supports your cooler or you can get the better cryorig H7. The only motherboards to be sure supports kabylake out of the box is the 200 series and there is only 3 ITX. The one I posted above is the lowest cost. Here is the Z270 version for just a bit more.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $237.95
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 12:41 EST-0500


    But kaby lake is still running on the lga 1151 chipset. So doesn't that mean any 1151 mobo would work?


    You're confusing socket and chipset. This is a socket LGA 1151 board which is what Kaby uses but it uses a Z270 chipset. It's possible that older chipset boards will have BIOS updates to allow Kaby compatibility though.
  8. elbert said:
    Any 1151 with a bios that supports the new kabylake. IE the motherboard has to come with the bios already update else you need a skylake to update first.. This tends to take some time for companys to move out old stock before you can be sure to get a supporting bios for kabylake. Right now I would only suggest risking it if you have a friend with a skylake CPU or if your willing to buy a cheap celeron skylake just for updating bios.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Celeron G3900 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($42.57 @ Jet)
    Total: $42.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 21:28 EST-0500


    Oh ok. Thanks for clearing that up!
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