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July 6, 2012 6:17:42 PM


I'm going to be building a new comp, and I want to do it on a mATX platform.

The purpose: An all purpose computer. I want to try to wedge it all into a nice mini (mATX) case and see what I can do. Yes, I will play games on it, but it's not a strict gaming computer. I will use it for everything else as well, A/V editing, CAD, perhaps rendering, etc.

What I prefer:
Intel's LGA 1155
Ivy Bridge
USB 3.0 support + header
probably PCIe 3.0 x16

Overclockability is not a large issue, if I find a good H77 board then I will take it. I'm not planning on utilizing Intel's Smart Response, either.

Perhaps the main issue lies here: I will NOT be doing any SLI/Crossfire and I plainly do not need 2 x16 slots. I would like to have just 1 3.0x16 slot and the rest as PCIe x1, or perhaps some PCI. So far I have been unable to find many boards like this. (Perhaps there is a reason why?)
Can anyone tell me something about this board? I've not seen any Intel ones and am not sure what to think of this board. It's got just the one x16 slot, many USB's, though just 2 3gb SATA ports (which I think would be just fine). Would anyone recommend this board... or better go with something else?
Lately I've been heavily leaning on this one, despite the 2.0x16 slot, but I like the onboard sound/network, and from my understanding I can still utilize the x16 slot for x1 cards, for example. It is a Z77, which I probably won't utilize, but if I can keep the case cool enough there won't be anything stopping me from overclocking (if there appears any reason to do so)

I'm open to ALL suggestions. I'm not looking for any slot-rich boards as I simply won't need many. At best, I may add a sound card and keep another PCIe for something extra.

Thanks for your help.

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July 6, 2012 11:14:51 PM

Your links and mine for newegg didn't work. I recommend the biostar B75MU3+ for $59.99 shipped. I have two biostar amd boards; both work fine and provide some overclocking options. This board even has 4 ram slots, and native ivy bridge, usb 3.0, and sata III support. It's a steal at this price.
July 14, 2012 12:57:42 AM

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July 14, 2012 1:01:49 AM

Ah, too bad the links didn't work - but I was stupid enough not to even write the names of the boards down. I was looking at Intel BOXDH77EB and Biostar TZ77MXE.

Thanks for your suggestion. Yes, price-wise that is a very nice deal. I've never dealt with a Biostar board, though I may end up going for one here.

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July 14, 2012 1:46:49 AM

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