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20-07-2009, 11:50 PM
I want to buy a cheap micro atx motherboard for gaming.
Budget: Under $150
Must have: 1 pci-e x 16 slot
support core 2 duo (not too fussy on core 2 quad)
1 pci slot
sata ports
ide slot
4 or more usb ports
2gb or more ram (preferably 4gb+)
24 pin

Was thinking of this, but need others inputs :)
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L G31 mAtx Motherboard (http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_14852.html)

Speedy Gonzales
20-07-2009, 11:54 PM
Have you got the rest of it already?? CPU / ram?

20-07-2009, 11:55 PM
Any Asus or Gigabyte mobo will do.

That one you have in your post is OK

All newer mobos use 24pin power BTW

20-07-2009, 11:58 PM
Have you got the rest of it already?? CPU / ram?

None yet, need motherboard before i start choosing.

I got a small midtower HP case which has a 9.6" x 9.6" mATX board - not sure if it fits with all mATX. Not very keen to buy a new case.

Speedy Gonzales
21-07-2009, 12:10 AM
Motherboard is here (http://www.giga-byte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=3134)

This should fit (http://www.xpcomputers.co.nz/views.asp?hw_id=4958)

This (http://www.xpcomputers.co.nz/views.asp?hw_id=5386)

This (http://www.xpcomputers.co.nz/views.asp?hw_id=3395)

21-07-2009, 01:20 AM
Check out PriceSpy's lists http://www.pricespy.co.nz/cat_6.html#g175

There's a host of mATX boards within your budget. My personal preference is for Asus boards.

21-07-2009, 04:02 AM
OP your on to it with that motherboard. At that price nothing compares.

21-07-2009, 04:26 PM
Out of curiosity, what Micro-ATX Case will you be using?

21-07-2009, 05:14 PM
Hp pavilion a1525a

Sir Prospect
22-07-2009, 07:26 PM
I prefer Asus over Gigabyte.

22-07-2009, 07:40 PM
Both are awesome and are the top mobo manufacturers..

22-07-2009, 08:13 PM
What Micro ATX Asus motherboards (Atom?) do you like the most?

22-07-2009, 11:59 PM
Marry a cheap mobo with an E5300 and you can get a real bargain. The E5300 (2.6GHz) has a very high multiplier (13) so can be ramped up markedly while still keeping the FSB low.

I have been testing an E5300 with stock cooler on a P5QL-EM and can run it at 3GHz using the integrated graphics and at least 3.5GHz with a cheap X600 graphics card (the integrated video keeps resetting at over 3GHz).

The P5QL-EM isn't that cheap, however, so finding a cheaper mobo would provide great bang for buck.

23-07-2009, 12:01 AM
Why the E5300?

E5200 Overclocks just as well but is a bit cheaper with on a 0.1Mhz difference.

23-07-2009, 09:56 AM
I ordered that but Computer Lounge rang to say it was now off the list. So, E5300 was the next option. $15 more!

Presumably, other suppliers can still get you a 5200.

23-07-2009, 02:25 PM
I got my E5200 for $100.

Its the same price as some of the AMD quads, but heck, once you clock this baby to 3ghz+ it pwns all the AMD low/mid range ones:p

23-07-2009, 09:46 PM
Only 3...???? I had another go at mine last night but quickly saw the limitation of my mobo. I can't get above 3.5 because the RAM freq can't be decoupled from the fsb. My 800MHz RAM is running at 900 and coping OK but that must be the limit. Maybe need 1066 RAM??!!

What mobo are you using blam?

Looking at Pricespy, something funny with pricing of E5200 there. Several retailers upped the price over $50 on Jul 9th. Can't be an exchange rate thing.

23-07-2009, 09:57 PM
A P5QL series one I *think*

I said 3ghz+ showing that even at 3ghz its pwns the AMD models, not that mine is clocked to 3:p

Mines 3.8ghz, but I'm using an ACF7Pro.

CPU prices have been going up an down these few weeks, no idea why..