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Old November 21, 2011, 04:02 PM
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So I had a weak moment last week, and bought a Silverstone Sugo SG06 case off Dimitry. My wife grumped about the size of the case on her desk (a 690 II Advanced) and I thought I'd do something about it.

Current system is a 2600k in a Asus P8P67 mobo. This will not shoehorn into the Sugo obviously. And since she shuts down F@H constantly, I'm downgrading her 95% Facebook use system. I was thinking about a i3 2120 / H67 combo, as it should be reasonably snappy in Windows compared to a Atom build.

Suggestions for a mobo?
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Old November 21, 2011, 04:14 PM
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Newegg.ca - H67M-ITX/HT LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
or the asus p8h67 deluxe but the asus only support sodimms
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Old November 21, 2011, 04:22 PM
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I got an itch as well ...

I'm giving the test case style a try

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Old November 24, 2011, 05:17 PM
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Got my case from CP today, so bumping this for any other suggestions.
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Old November 24, 2011, 11:37 PM
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A Zotac z68 itx board would work if you want to keep using the 2600k. However, from what I've read, the BIOS still needs a lot of improvement still.
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Old December 5, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Hey, I built a similar system to use as a HTPC a year ago based on an i3 530 and a Gigabyte H55N ITX board. It's a Sugo SG-05 which is like the 06 except the front is different. Not sure if this will help but here's my gallery so you can get an idea of the fitment.

CASE - Silverstone Sugo SG-05
PSU - SFF 350W
CPU - Intel Core i3-530
HSF - Thermalright AXP-140 with Scythe Slimline
RAM - 4GB G.Skill 2x2 ECO 1.35V
MB - Gigabyte H55N-USB ITX
VC - XFX 5770
Case Fan - Antec R4 120mm Blue LED
HDD - Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
ODD - Lite-On Slim DVD-RW


https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/9284282/1/HTPC?h=422492
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I plan on building a 2nd HTPC for my place this time using te ITX platform.

For Z68 motherboards there are thankfully a few interesting options now.

ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT
Zotac Z68ITX-A-E
Gigabyte S.1155 ITX (H67)
ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe REV3.0 (H67)

Usually an HTPC build isn't about raw cpu power but the GPU capability. Any of the above board will do great with an Intel based HTPC build.
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I had kind of decided that if I was going to downgrade the system, I may as well go to a H61 board. It's really only for Web/Facebook use. I was thinking that I'd grab an Asus P8H61-I, and try that, although if I'm working on that end of the scale I'd probably get more bang for my buck with an AMD build.

I'm not really sure she's going to like it, and she definitely won't if there's a large slowdown on her daily tasks. I guess I better sort it out, as there's only 2 weeks until Christmas.
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Combo slower processor with SSD?
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Old December 31, 2011, 12:58 PM
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So, after I put this on hold for a Christmas idea and after I was done shopping for my wife, she says "I wish I had some more room on my desk" about 3 days before Christmas. It would have been a good gift idea for her after all.

So, in keeping with the happy wife = happy life theme, I was a good husband and said I'd take care of it. I wasn't happy with the limited selection of mITX boards that NCIX had in stock, so I went shopping at the Egg and picked up this: Newegg.ca - ECS H67H2-I LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

I went H67 because most H61 boards only have 2 Sata ports. At one point, this might have a DVD, HDD, and SSD in it, so I wanted more ports. And I went H67 instead of P67 or Z68 because of price, and because I have no intentions of overclocking or putting an aftermarket HSF in this tight space.

All I can say is that it's a good thing I have small hands.



I've still got to do some cable cleanup and stuff, but you get the idea.



About 5 minutes after I shoehorned that GPU in there, I realized I shouldn't have bothered as the onboard GPU on the 2600K would have done just fine. I guess I put it in because it was already in her P67 board, and it was a habit to transfer it. It's in there now but might come out at a later date, especially if I put a SSD and optical in the build. Speaking of which, I did not buy Silverstone's $78 slot loading slim DVD. I picked up a $30 external off NCIX's Boxing Day sale.

So here's the SG06 beside my TJ07. Sorry, the picture is a little out of focus for some reason, but you get the idea of the size of it.



My wife is very happy to recapture some of her desk space, as the CM690 II wasn't much smaller than my TJ07.
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