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This board is now available on Newegg for $125.


Anandtech's review of the board here .



Has anyone purchased this board yet, or planning to in the near future? I'm still hesitant myself, but I'm definitely going to be looking forward to seeing a few reviews!
 

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This board is now available on Newegg for $125.


Anandtech's review of the board here .



Has anyone purchased this board yet, or planning to in the near future? I'm still hesitant myself, but I'm definitely going to be looking forward to seeing a few reviews!

babgvant has a review of the board. It's on the Core i7, i5, i3... thread. Just not in the mood to be rummaging through dozens of posts right now.


I'm buying one but I'm waiting for it to be available on Amazon as I've got a bunch of Amazon gift certificates I could use.
 

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Should be placing my order on Monday, waiting for my money to be returned after falling victim to some fraudulent charges to my account. I have everything else sitting at home waiting for the motherboard.


My build:


Intel Core i3 530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz

Intel DH57JG

Western Digital Scorpio Black 160GB 2.5" hard drive

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333

LITE-ON iHOS104-06 Blu-ray drive

PicoPSU-150-XT power supply

Apex MI-008 case

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit / 64 bit (Not sure yet)
 

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Placed my order yesterday along with a Clarkdale I3 540 proc. Both will arrive on Monday according to tracking info.
 

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Placed my order yesterday along with a Clarkdale I3 540 proc. Both will arrive on Monday according to tracking info.

Did you get the Origen AE M10 for this build?
 

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Did you get the Origen AE M10 for this build?

of course!
 

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of course!

Nice, definitely post about your experience with that case once built. I know it is a premium case with a premium price, but it keeps whispering to me in my dreams!!!
 

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I'm interested. I hear that the stock i3 fans are just to tall for the stock PS in most of these cases. So I understand why you've got the PicoPS in your builds. I would like to know if you HAVE to go with a different PS?? I'd like to be able to build this with minimal cost since I don't need it. I just built a Biostar H55 uATX media center but I'm fascinated by the mini ITX form factor. The case in the OP supports a 3.5" drive as well... I see he's chosen a 2.5" drive. Are we just squeezed for space here? I want EVERYTHING to fit lol... I really think this will be the media center PC form factor moving forward. I'll be researching and checking in with this and other mini ITX threads...
 

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I'm interested. I hear that the stock i3 fans are just to tall for the stock PS in most of these cases. So I understand why you've got the PicoPS in your builds. I would like to know if you HAVE to go with a different PS?? I'd like to be able to build this with minimal cost since I don't need it. I just built a Biostar H55 uATX media center but I'm fascinated by the mini ITX form factor. The case in the OP supports a 3.5" drive as well... I see he's chosen a 2.5" drive. Are we just squeezed for space here? I want EVERYTHING to fit lol... I really think this will be the media center PC form factor moving forward. I'll be researching and checking in with this and other mini ITX threads...

The stock fan for the core i5 fits fine in the Antec case I used:

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010...ni-itx-htpc-2/


I know others have issues using the Apex case
 

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I find the 2.5" drives to be quieter and more efficient than the 3.5" drives. SSD wasn't in my budget and I feel they are a bit too new to adopt yet. Also, I am using elastic cords to float my 2.5" hard drive in the 3.5" slot to eliminate vibrations...not necessary but it should eliminate some noise.


In the Apex, I'm not sure if the original PSU and CPU fan interfere, I was just assuming it would be tight. I went with the picoPSU to eliminate PSU fan noise, gain some room above the motherboard and between the PSU and blu-ray drive, and to have a more efficient PSU. I didn't need 300w.
 

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I find the 2.5" drives to be quieter and more efficient than the 3.5" drives. SSD wasn't in my budget and I feel they are a bit too new to adopt yet. Also, I am using elastic cords to float my 2.5" hard drive in the 3.5" slot to eliminate vibrations...not necessary but it should eliminate some noise.


In the Apex, I'm not sure if the original PSU and CPU fan interfere, I was just assuming it would be tight. I went with the picoPSU to eliminate PSU fan noise, gain some room above the motherboard and between the PSU and blu-ray drive, and to have a more efficient PSU. I didn't need 300w.

I am using a 2.5" drive (500 GB WD Caviar Blue) and I find that navigating around Media Browser appears to be a little more sluggish versus my other PCs/HTPCs which are using 3.5" drives. Obviously the core i5 plus 2GB DDR3 RAM should be plenty, so I have to assume the 2.5" drive is the bottleneck?
 

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I find the 2.5" drives to be quieter and more efficient than the 3.5" drives. SSD wasn't in my budget and I feel they are a bit too new to adopt yet.

I sprang for the SSD (160Gb X-25M) and feel it is mostly a waste for HTPC.
 

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I sprang for the SSD (160Gb X-25M) and feel it is mostly a waste for HTPC.

Good to know! I was about to bite the bullet on one of these! What do you recommend? Standard 2.5 drive then?
 

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Good to know! I was about to bite the bullet on one of these! What do you recommend? Standard 2.5 drive then?

Yeah. I have a 7500 RPM 2.5" drive in one system. I bet if you had a stop watch, the SSD would be faster but in the real world, I have not really noticed a difference.
 

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Yeah. I have a 7500 RPM 2.5" drive in one system. I bet if you had a stop watch, the SSD would be faster but in the real world, I have not really noticed a difference.

I was thinking more about noise and operating temperature. I think throughput is pretty close.. in fact some solid state drives are even slower than standard drives.
 

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I was thinking more about noise and operating temperature. I think throughput is pretty close.. in fact some solid state drives are even slower than standard drives.

I had been hoping that my Zotac system would be quieter overall. With no media running, I can hear fan noise. With a movie going, I can't. Most HDDs are pretty quiet these days. I don't think a HDD will add much to room noise over what you will otherwise hear. It is a little difficult to tell for sure because the SSD is in a very small case and the HDD is in a large case.
 

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I had been hoping that my Zotac system would be quieter overall. With no media running, I can hear fan noise. With a movie going, I can't. Most HDDs are pretty quiet these days. I don't think a HDD will add much to room noise over what you will otherwise hear. It is a little difficult to tell for sure because the SSD is in a very small case and the HDD is in a large case.

Good point.. I'm just going to go with a 7200 2.5 drive.. no reason to waste the cash. I already dumped enough money on a fancy case.
 

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Good point.. I'm just going to go with a 7200 2.5 drive.. no reason to waste the cash. I already dumped enough money on a fancy case.

I think the 2.5" drive I am using is 5400 RPM which is probably accounting for the sluggishness. I am going to replace out with a 7200 RPM as well
 
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