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Advice on a micro-ATX mid-range gaming system

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March 26, 2011 10:07:14 PM

So life moves on and the home office/game room will become a baby's room. While I am more than excited, it does mean the desk and computer will be in the living room. Thus time to downsize. The main purpose of the rig is gaming (and posting on Tom's apparently). So smaller the better, so looking to balance space and power. So looking at micro-ATX with an intel quad core. What do you think about the following as a mid-range gaming rig:


* Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
* CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
* Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4850 (current card)
* HD: 360GB Western Digital (current drive)
* Sound: SoundBlaster Audigy 2 (current sound)
* Memory: 4GB Corsair DDR2 (2x2GB)

Case is here I have trouble. My desk has a slot with height up to 14.5" so I could do a small tower. Options looking at are:

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

Obviously for some would also need to get a PSU (hopefully quiet). Any suggestions? Experience with a similar rig?
March 27, 2011 7:59:10 AM

Hey...big mistake, I think.

You can 't overclock on H67, you need a P67 board !
March 27, 2011 2:49:00 PM

I thought that about the H67 mobos too. Looks like the P67 would be something like ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard. Sold out @ Newegg but sure someone else has similar.

Just found this board on xPCGear (http://www.xpcgear.com/asus-p8p67-m-pro.html), but never heard of them before.
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