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Motherboard And Memory

System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: The $400 Spirit Of Mini-ITX

Motherboard: Foxconn H61S

It would have cost us an additional $40 (or 80%) just to get our hands on a 7-series motherboard for this setup. H61 Express was the bargain that made this configuration possible. Casting aside 10% of the total build price would have put the brakes on our plans.

Read Customer Reviews of Foxconn's H61S Motherboard

The entry-level Foxconn H61S is light on features (you don't even get USB 3.0 support). But we have to forgive that. Even an H61-based motherboard with USB 3.0 would have run us $25 or $30 more.

It's a little harder to swallow the fact that we only get a pair of SATA 3Gb/s ports.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4 GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit

We know that the Pentium G860 is limited to DDR3-1333. So why did we pick a DDR3-1600 memory kit? It's simple, really; money. In the few days separating this order from the others, Crucial’s Ballistix Tactical Tracer became the most affordable 4 GB memory kit available. Capable of 1600 MT/s, CAS 8 timings, and a 1.5 V operating voltage, why spend more on basic CAS 9 DDR3-1333?

Read Customer Reviews of Crucial's Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4 GB Memory Kit

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