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April 3, 2012 5:35:58 AM

Hi all,
It's been 2 years since you guys helped me choose parts for my Desktop Gamer and it's still running strong. Now I want to build a mini itx HTPC/light to med gamer. I have some of the parts but will need to build around my cpu mobo combo. (Just returned the Zotac I got on sale. it died.)

So far I have:

i3 2100 socket 1155 (hoping to OC a little)
coolmaster mini itx case w/300 psu
I Want 1 8gb stick of ram (O.C a little when needed)

So my question is and I'm sorry if it's been covered but I couldn't find it, what is the best mini itx mobo for around $125 or less?
I want at least 16gig max memory, No so-dimms,PCI 16x slot, pci 1x might be nice, 6gbs sata x 2, 3gbs sata x 2, usb 3.0 x2 +additional header, usb 2.0 x4+ and addt'l header for 2 more, esata, DVI and HDMI, digital spdif 5 audio ports, wi fi would be nice, and all the other givens. Pleas make your suggestions and give me your criticisms.

I am hoping to keep it around $450.00

BIOSTAR TH61 ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Model #:TH61 ITX
Item #:N82E16813138327

$79.99 @ Newegg

Oooo.... Also suggestions on a lower wattage gpu would be nice..

EVGA 01G-P3-1433-KR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
Model #:01G-P3-1433-KR
Item #:N82E16814130695

$89.99 @ Newegg

Now I need a new PSU

Athena Power AP-MFATX40 400W Mini ITX 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:AP-MFATX40
Item #:N82E16817338081


And as long as I'm asking, What would be your choice for micro ATX?

Thanks

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April 3, 2012 3:53:29 PM

Please some one has to have an opinion. Everyone was so helpful last time around and their input helped me build a home computer that will last for years. What is your full sized favorite? I was looking for a Gigabyte but cant seem to find one so now I need help.

Thanks

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April 3, 2012 4:14:52 PM
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Best mini atx for you would be the ASRock Z68M-ITX-HT Motherboard, not many mini boards allow you to do much overclocking and are mostly lmimited to 8GB of ram.
I used this mobo for a custom gaming build , it takes 16 GB of ram, has lots of features and also overclocks only via the multiplier , but it will give you great results.
Hvae a search for one as they arent too easy to find, I highly recomend this mobo from experience.
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April 9, 2012 4:51:02 PM

thanks Monsta I ended up with

N82E16813157239 MB ASROCK|H67M-ITX/HT H67 LGA1155 R 1 109.99

N82E16814133356 VGA PNY|VCGGT4301XPB GT430 R 1 64.99
WITH A $20 MAIL IN REBATE!!!!!!! $45 BUCKS (limit 3 rebates per household)

N82E16820231426 MEM 4Gx2|G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 1 41.99

i3 2100

old coolmaster mini itx case 300w psu.

we'll see how it turns out.


April 9, 2012 4:51:45 PM

Best answer selected by travalon.
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