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Matx vs atx

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August 24, 2011 12:03:01 AM

I have bought a i5-2100 processor to build myown system. Pls advice what is the best MB in Micro ATX ?

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August 24, 2011 12:43:14 AM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

Regarding {Matx vs atx}, I prefer ATX. A good LGA 1155 m/uATX for your CPU is the ASUS P8Z68-M Pro. If you have other requirements, I also selected three additional to review. The 'best' is the ASUS ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z, but it meant for SLI/CF + OC.

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a c 252 V Motherboard
August 24, 2011 1:51:28 AM

I have become a M-ATX convert.

A M-ATX case will have 4 expansion slots vs. 7 in a full ATX motherboard.
Today's motherboards now have onboard what yesterday's needed expansion slots for. Lan, sound, etc. 4 will be enough unless you have special needs. On a M-atx motherboard, do not plan on cf/sli. Not because it is not supported, but because the two cards must be installed next to each other which creates heat issues. To my mind, though, that is not an issue unless a single card like a GTX590 or6990 will not satisfy you.

A M-atx motherboard will usually be a bit cheaper, and there are some really nice m-atx cases.

I recently built a PC for my son, using a 2100 and a ASRock H61M/U3S3 motherboard. It cost only $75.

It was my first experience with asrock, and I was impressed.
The integrated graphics was fine for dual 1920 x 1200 displays.
I used an Intel SSD for speed. He has no need for gaming now, but a discrete graphics card can be added at any time.
For a case, we used a lian li V351R. A different looking case.

If you are planning on gaming and a discrete graphics card, you might want to look at the Silverstone TJ08-E case.
It is a hot item, and often out of stock $99