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Old 05-17-2005, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks,

I am going to be building a new (general use) system for my personal (home) use and I need your help!!

First of all I want a micro ATX case cuz my space is limited, so everything I get must be compatible.

I am thinking of utilizing an Intel P4 2.4 Ghz @533 w 1MB HT because I gan get it for a really good price. This is a 478 socket chip so I would need a motherboard with Micro ATX form factor that wil hold it.

I don't want onboard graphics, but I do want onboard sound and LAN.

I have been searching for some good motherboards that I could use and was hoping maybe some of you would be able to help me chose one thats right for me.

Thanks in advance
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There isnt very many mobos that are microATX and dont have onboard video. The one I have given a link for has onboard video, but still has an open AGP slot. I have used this mobo myself, and it is easy to configure, and stable.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131460
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You really should just get a regular ATX, if you are that low on space, go for an Apple Mac Mini. They are everything you need in one.

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You really should just get a regular ATX,
And why's that? You dont really get a performance decrease with microATX. You lose a couple PCI slots, and thats about it (unless there is something I dont know about). As long as the case has decent ventilation, I really dont see any probs with it.
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Well upgradability, if thats a word. I'm not sure about performance, I dont believe there is a difference. I just think if your that tight on space go for an Apple Mac Mini. Otherwise whats wrong with an ATX. I know I make no sense, dont tell me.

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I dont understand how losing some PCI slots really hurts your upgradability. Am I being ignorant? I dont mean to come across as a jackass or anything, I just dont understand how a microATX board really effects the ability to upgrade later.
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As far as "upgradeability" I don't forsee it as being an issue.

But one thing I was just thinking about is Firewire... I think I would like a mobo that sports firewire... or am I asking for too much now?
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I wasnt able to find anything that was microATX and had firewire.
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PCI card that has firewire ports.

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PCI card that has firewire ports.

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Good call. I didnt even think about that
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