Originally Posted by kesawi
Unfortunately the Z77 ITX boards haven't made it down to Australia yet. Given it's for a bedroom PC, a H61 board would probably be more than enough anyway.
I have a few of the H61's from Asrock and they are quite good.
I plan to get a Z68 or Z77 next though... since I have some 1600mhz RIPJAWZ I want to use to full speed.
Z68 is faster than H61 mainly because of the memory clock speed.
1600mhz > 1066mhz.
For HTPC you won't notice much difference. I have that same CPU in a Asrock H61 USB3.0 Sata 6G board and it works great.
Z68 certainly has nice features over H61- but its a $20 premium. I doubt you need the RAID, the faster memory clock , the overlocking headroom, or any of the other stuff.
H61 is fine for HTPC.
I have a Z68 for my main machine on i7. It's really not a big deal. I use the G630 with H61 all the time and barely notice any difference. (well there is a difference, but the H61 is still surprisingly excellent)