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Need help choosing a Mobo for an i5-2310 and an ATI 6670

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July 27, 2012 8:59:41 PM

Not entirely keen on asking for help, and I created an account here just for this (Although, I've been a visitor many times. I like the community).
I am building a PC for my girlfriend (if I didn't she'd have her uncle go spend random amounts of money on stuff they don't need...) and have hit a rough spot. I've built PCs before, and the process is in no way confusing, however, I've never actually picked built one myself from scratch. The idea is an all-around decent PC. It doesn't need to be a gaming monster, nor does it need to run 3DS MAX and render in real-time.
Here is my list for now:

- Intel i5-2310 2.9Ghz
- AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6670 (Maybe I'll upgrade later, however, she's not much of a gamer, so I see no point.)
(Yeah, it pretty much ends here, but I was thinking it would be better to have these thought out before searching for a Mobo)

The final idea will be a mid-tower mid-range gaming and multimedia PC.

- 4-6 GB of RAM
- ~500GB HDD (A solid state would be nice, but i'm not willing to shell out for it just yet... Maybe in the future when they become the standard and costs decline.)
- 600w PSU (I'm thinking this should be enough... The debate about if you really need *recommended* power supplies quite frankly is annoying and misleading. Overdoing it in this area is never a bad thing.) -Also, wondering what brand PSU is the best for long-term reliability. It's not going to be tested since the most intense thing this system will do it is playback and stream 1080p movies and maybe a game if I'm bored and don't have my laptop-

The price range (for the whole rig) maxes out at 800 (then again, seeing some of the prices and claims by the PC building community, that is plenty for a decent build. I should know all this, but when I said before I build them, it's more of a business I run out of my home for my city.) so keep that in mind. My main question may be lost in this as well, so here it is plainly: Can you give me some suggestions for a Mobo (I don't like how small miniITXs are, but it's only going to have 1 PCIe card -the 6670- so I don't think it matters much, plus they should be cheaper and do the job.) that meet all, or some, of what I have listed above? If you have any changes or suggestions, I'm open minded to customization so feel free to say what you think.
Thanks ahead of time!
a b V Motherboard
July 27, 2012 9:08:31 PM

4GB ram or 8GB is your options really http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD's have halved their prices, what does she do? if she just plans to surf the web i would suggest an SSD only system since their about $100 for a 100GB SSD

400-450W will suffice, reputable brand of course http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

i apologize for using tigerdirect, but it won't redirect you if you use the american newegg site

oh yes and http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
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July 27, 2012 9:17:12 PM

nna2 said:
4GB ram or 8GB is your options really http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD's have halved their prices, what does she do? if she just plans to surf the web i would suggest an SSD only system since their about $100 for a 100GB SSD

400-450W will suffice, reputable brand of course http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

i apologize for using tigerdirect, but it won't redirect you if you use the american newegg site

oh yes and http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


Ah, I didn't even think about it too much. Even while trying to make the system specific to her I was thinking about how *I* use up space like crazy. I'll definitely look into an SSD. Hmm. Never actually known that XFX makes PSUs. This is definitely helpful. Thanks!
Now all I need is a case to fit it, which shouldn't be hard to find. I've asked before about cases and most people just send me to funky gaming cases when all I really needed was a normal, well-ventilated average case. Glad to see a Mico-ATX as well. It's a computer, not a shoe box (poking a little fun at ORIGIN PC's mini system.).
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July 27, 2012 9:21:59 PM

I really like the Asus P8Z77-M Pro as a really solid micro-atx board. On the SSD check on the prices on the Intel® SSD 330 and 530 at 120GB we just had a big price drop that brought the prices down a bunch.
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a c 75 V Motherboard
July 27, 2012 9:30:52 PM

While the Intel® SSD 530 are still a little over the $1 per GB the Intel SSD 330s are dropping under that price. On some of our SSDs the price dropped as much as 38% so yea I agree that is a great price. :D 
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July 27, 2012 9:34:35 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
I really like the Asus P8Z77-M Pro as a really solid micro-atx board. On the SSD check on the prices on the Intel® SSD 330 and 530 at 120GB we just had a big price drop that brought the prices down a bunch.

Yeah, re-researching stuff on SSDs, I have decided just to go with them. Thanks for the advice, definitely made a sell on a SSD! XD
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