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Best Mini-ITX Motherboard?

kitters
  • 72 months ago

Apologies if this has been asked before, but I've recently become very interested in a Mini-ITX build and I've found that trying to shop for motherboards is kind of difficult. Especially since I want an FM2 socket so I can have the processor in this parts list I'm putting together:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $119.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard $98.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill RNX-N150UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $13.99 @ Newegg
Other Corsair Obsidian Series 250D (CC-9011047-WW) Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case $89.99
Other COUGAR DX600 600W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply Haswell ready $69.99
Other Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209 $85.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $692.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 19:18 EDT-0400

It's not yet finished or presentable by any means, but I would just like some opinions on the motherboard currently on there and better suggestions are highly welcomed. That extends to all the other parts as well. Thanks in advance!

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I've built Mini-ITX before (With the same CPU!) and what you've built is pretty solid, but in my opinion, you should pay a little bit more extra money for the newer version of your motherboard the GA-F2A88XN

It has a slightly faster chipset and more support for newer processors if you decide to upgrade.

I have had absolutely no problems with this board :)

Hope this helps

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much!

Really happy to know that you have experience with the board and processor. Thanks for the compliment on the build. I'm learning fast. :)

And I have no qualms about spending a little more for a better/newer board. I added it to my part list and it really didn't affect the overall price that much. (Since my last post, I changed out my optical drive.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $119.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $97.24 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill RNX-N150UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $13.99 @ Newegg
Other Corsair Obsidian Series 250D (CC-9011047-WW) Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case $89.99
Other COUGAR DX600 600W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply Haswell ready $69.99
Other Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209 $85.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $691.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 23:40 EDT-0400
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You getting a GPU? Other than that this is a nice build.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm trying to be really frugal with this build. Up until I have to sacrifice quality, of course. I figure I can live with the APU for a while and if I find that I have a burning need for a graphics card, I'll get one later down the road. Though, I don't see that happening since I'm not a big PC gamer.

I'm still trying to find ways to cut costs. I know I can switch out the optical drive. I don't necessarily need to burn blu rays, so a reader would be fine. I'm wondering if the power supply is overkill too.

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