Possibilities of Mini-ATX boards as a gaming rig?

Hewlett-packard / Asterope
July 1, 2013 at 22:00:46
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Ok, I'm wanting to build a gaming rig for about under $300 in a tight space. Looking around on Amazon and Newegg (I prefer newegg because they have Paypal but Amazon for finding products, basically I take something I find in Amazon and paste it into Newegg), I stumble apon these Mini-ATX motherboards (http://goo.gl/pqUL9). The only thing I can tell about it is that they have less graphic cards slots and are about $20-$30 cheaper. My question is, does a Mini-ATX board offer any advantages/disadvantages from a normal ATX board? I'm not going to be adding dual gpus, and I only need two slots for a (if needed) GPU, and a wireless card. I also noticed the capablity of this thing, 64GB of 1866MHZ ram!

Here's the current specs I'm looking to build with:

MB: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H
CPU: AMD A10-5800K APU 3.7GHz
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 MHZ
GPU: Using CPU (APU). This isn't the most hardcore gaming system running at 4K. I've used AMD's APUs and their graphics performance is quite decent. Besides, I'll be getting a real GPU soon, just not with my budget :)
PSU: Invalid until I decide on which motherboard. ('hence this question)

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July 1, 2013 at 22:16:56
What motherboard? Your memory choice is waaaay too slow...F1 and F2 motherboards show a pretty big improvement with the fastest RAM the motherboard can handle.

PSU for what you've listed and the later addition of something like a HD 7770 is modest and something like a Corsair CX 430 or CX 500 will be more than enough.

More opinions to follow...

Audares Juvo

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July 1, 2013 at 22:18:08
I guess you arrived before I fixed the links, welp. They're there now. I think I'm going to raise my budget to $400 for the sake of future-proofing it. Also I thought about my choices for the ram and found some 1886MHz DDR3 Corsair Vengeance for about the same price.

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July 1, 2013 at 22:57:02

Enjoy your build teacher...

Audares Juvo

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July 2, 2013 at 04:52:51
There's microATX & mini-ITX, there is no mini-ATX. Tom's Hardware recently posted an article about building a $400 mini-ITX gaming rig:


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July 2, 2013 at 22:15:00
Ok, so I'm sorry for the late reply, but I've hit another problem which I feel is going to bite me in the rear later on. I've been looking at the GIGABYTE GA-F2A85XM-HD3 motherboard and ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M motherboard (both are MicroATX and cost the same at $75). My question is, which one of these is better over all? I might be doing some light-mild overclocking (nothing too moderate or extreme), but I also want a motherboard that is going to last a while, has very few problems, high build quality, and won't need any bios updates to use the updated specs in this reply.

I'm thinking about getting the GIGABYTE one because I've never had a problem with them and they don't come with a ton of bloatware like ASRock, but ASRock seems to be a generally faster board and overclocks better.

CPU: AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1GHz Black Edition Unlocked - $150
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 MHZ (may upgrade to a higher clock since I'm using an APU) - $78
GPU: Using CPU (APU)

AMD is still good people!

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July 3, 2013 at 02:40:13
Go with ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M because it got better CPU VRM power design (handle overclock well and last longer)

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