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New PC?

... preferably). I would like also to reduce the size of my PC if possible, micro-ATX would be nice. So what system could I get with say 1600-1800 dollars? Tower and monitor ...
by Jon1984
on Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:52 am
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New PC?
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: building new system could use some advice

Unless you have SLI/Crossfire insanity, ATX is larger than you need. One of the nine micro-ATX boards that I linked should be fine for a system using one dual-slot graphics card, leaving ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:23 pm
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: building new system could use some advice
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: building new system could use some advice

I'd recommend a micro ATX board if you're not sure, as it can go in a fullsize case if that's economical or be put in a smaller one. ...
by NovusBogus
on Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:35 pm
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: building new system could use some advice
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: building new system could use some advice

... itx and mid tower builds. Welcome to the Tech Report! I believe that micro-ATX motherboards like the nine listed in this post are excellent for most PC builds. Micro-ATX ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:12 pm
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: building new system could use some advice
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: Finally! A decent AM3+ mATX board

I suspect the sorry state of the Micro-ATX AM3+ market was largely due to the lack of a modern AMD chipset with an IGP. ASRock has apparently ...
by just brew it!
on Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Finally! A decent AM3+ mATX board
Replies: 14
Views: 885

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

I am considering this board . With a new board, I need a micro ATX case, such as this one . Any other suggestions I should consider? I have this motherboard. ...
by DancinJack
on Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

While that is a very good motherboard, the price is discouraging. The Asus Gryphon Z97 is $50 less expensive. The Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 is $35 &10MIR less than that.

I like the Temjin TJ08-E case that holds my gaming PC. I linked to a few other popular micro-ATX cases in this post.
by JustAnEngineer
on Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

I am considering this board.

With a new board, I need a micro ATX case, such as this one. Any other suggestions I should consider?
by riviera74
on Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: looking for a new case

... I'm really becoming impressed with Fractal Design's cases, especially micro-ATX. For larger, I think they, and Corsair have nice stuff, though I think the In-Win the OP ...
by brothergc
on Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:25 am
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: looking for a new case
Replies: 30
Views: 1159

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

Rather than wasting half of Micro-ATX's four slots on obsolete PCI, I'd sooner shrink down to Mini-ITX and have only the one PCIe 3.0 X16 slot.
by JustAnEngineer
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: looking for a new case

... I'm really becoming impressed with Fractal Design's cases, especially micro-ATX. For larger, I think they, and Corsair have nice stuff, though I think the In-Win the OP ...
by LoneWolf15
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: looking for a new case
Replies: 30
Views: 1159

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

... network card would also be unlikely (and they make server-specific mATX boards for that reason anyway). So usually, after the first PCIe slot ... it for a second graphics card, or one other PCIe expansion card. On a micro-ATX build, I think this is especially true. I'm actually surprised ...
by LoneWolf15
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

The Asus Z97M-Plus and the Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H are both unacceptable because they waste half of their slots on obsolete PCI slots rather than PCIe slots that might someday be useful.
by JustAnEngineer
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

You specified a non-overclocking Haswell, so I'm assuming you know that, and don't wish to overclock. The choices I'd look at from lowest price up: ASUS H97M-E/CSM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132120 GIGABYTE GA-Z97M-D3H - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item...
by LoneWolf15
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

It's pretty amazing how far you can push things with a budget board too. If you have a chip that can reach 4.8GHz on a budget board, it might reach 5GHz on a board with three times as many power phases. That's a *might* make 5GHz You're paying a lot of money to get that last 3-4%, and it's not exact...
by Chrispy_
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

Check out the nine micro-ATX LGA1150 motherboards that I have linked in several posts (like this one, for example). If money were no object, I would probably choose the Asus Gryphon Z97 for $165. If I were not going to overclock, I would give serious consideration to the Asus H97M-E/CSM for $92¼.
by JustAnEngineer
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:20 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX

The Asus Z97A board has been highly recommended on several sites for any Intel CPU. What is the best Micro ATX motherboard for a 1150 pin Intel CPU, such as this one?
by riviera74
on Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Z97A advice needed for micro ATX
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Upgrades for the SO's system (w00t!)

... Lian Li case, a real Intel NIC, and all the toys you can find in a micro-ATX board, how could I resist? http://home.comcast.net/~webpics001/maxvgene.JPG Next - Aww, ...
by LoneWolf15
on Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:32 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Upgrades for the SO's system (w00t!)
Replies: 8
Views: 638

Re: looking for a new case

JustAnEngineer wrote:Do you really need a full-size ATX motherboard, or would micro-ATX be sufficient? I researched and calculated a few volumes and footprints for this post.

this is for a board i alreay own
by brothergc
on Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: looking for a new case
Replies: 30
Views: 1159

Re: looking for a new case

Do you really need a full-size ATX motherboard, or would micro-ATX be sufficient? I researched and calculated a few volumes and footprints for this post.
by JustAnEngineer
on Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: looking for a new case
Replies: 30
Views: 1159

Low Profile MSI 750 Ti

... @ 2.5Ghz 4GB DDR2 800 760G Gigabyte Mobo 350w Corsair PSU Silverstone Micro-ATX Media Case I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with the card. For something that ...
by StuG
on Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:20 am
 
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Low Profile MSI 750 Ti
Replies: 5
Views: 818

Re: Who is still using PCI slots these days?

The average Z97/H97 board has... Did you look at micro-ATX motherboards like the $92 H97M-G43, $122-10MIR Z97M-G43 and $160 -20MIR Z97M Gaming from MSI ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:06 am
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Who is still using PCI slots these days?
Replies: 113
Views: 4496

Re: Who is still using PCI slots these days?

... obsolete PCI slots. There are better-designed alternatives available. Micro-ATX LGA1150 motherboard with Z97 (for overclocking) or H97 (no overclocking possible): H97: ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:05 am
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Who is still using PCI slots these days?
Replies: 113
Views: 4496

Re: dymt reloaded

... i5-4460 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz) Motherboard: Dell H81 micro-ATX Memory: 2x4 GiB PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600) Graphics: Intel HD Integrated Graphics SSD: None ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:20 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 23795
Views: 1790381

Re: New HTPC case wanted

Silverstone Grandia GD04/GD05 That's my suggestion for a Micro-ATX HTPC. It's as large as a home theater receiver. Choose a graphics card no more than 11" ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:55 pm
 
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: New HTPC case wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC

... seriously outclasses the GeForce GTX960 2GB that I suggested in the micro-ATX build to fit within the 11" limitation of the GD05 case. The first negative is that ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:27 pm
 
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC
Replies: 43
Views: 2225

Re: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC

... and/or manufacturing cost. How about some of these components for a micro-ATX build? Ca$ 307 Intel Core i5 4690 quad-core 3.5 GHz (3.9 "turbo") Haswell LGA1150 ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:17 pm
 
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC
Replies: 43
Views: 2225

Re: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC

... still able to fit into your AV component stack. It can accommodate a micro-ATX motherboard (see the list that I posted in another thread ), a full-size 5¼" Blu-ray ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:40 pm
 
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Build Advice for console-killer HTPC
Replies: 43
Views: 2225

Re: Building a NEW gaming rig

... enough to fit into more compact cases. Motherboard - Gigabyte Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Z97 DDR3 PCI-E16 PCI-E8 XFIRE/SLI SATA3 USB3 HDMI Motherboard $134.99 *After MIR: $119.99* Have you considered Micro-ATX? Micro-ATX LGA1150 motherboard with Z97 (for overclocking) or H97 (no ...
by JustAnEngineer
on Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:27 pm
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Building a NEW gaming rig
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Sketchy AMD 390X/380X Benchmarks

... are crowdfunding boutique mini-cases to see how small they can go. Micro ATX is no longer the red-headed stepchild form factor. Intel is selling NUCs by the armload ...
by Thrashdog
on Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Sketchy AMD 390X/380X Benchmarks
Replies: 88
Views: 4698
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