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    Switching to mitx?

    Hey,
    I'm considering going to mitx since I love the parvum mitx case coming out soon.

    However I'm not sure what I want to go for and so I thought I'd ask you lovely people for some advice

    I could go for an intel (probably haswell) or AMD (probably FM2) build.

    It will be mainly used for general browsing, watching films/TV, playing games etc.
    Nothing overly intensive, some photo editing with lightroom is probably as hard as it's going to get.

    Any recommendations from people who have either setup?

    Obviously the AMD will be cheaper, which is great, but maybe the extra performance of the intel is worth the cost?

    I use a 1440p monitor, and may be keeping my GTX570 for now for games.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, I don't have a strict budget, but obviously cheaper is always nice It's a case of whether the more expensive options are worth the money over the cheaper alternatives.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    I would go with intel. I think that with the current monitor and graphics the amd platform might be a bottleneck due to lower cpu performance.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    If you still want to use a normal sized PSU, a reasonable CPU cooler and a discrete graphics card then the benefits of switching to mITX over mATX for size are minimal and don't really make up for the added cost or the motherboard (and reduced selection). Just start shopping for a nice looking mATX case.

    If you do go that route and don't have a discrete graphics card then I'd recommend AMD. With a graphics card then Intel.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    I'll probably be going go a sfx psu, but the size difference is still pretty big.

    I'll be getting the motherboard 2nd hand, so that's not really an issue (already have an AMD and intel board lined up)

    If I were to go intel what would people recommend, I haven't seen any reviews of the new haswell i3 chips, but I don't like the idea of going to a dual core.
    In the end it doesn't matter what I pick as I'll be getting a downgrade in terms of raw power, since I don't want to spend £200 on just a cpu.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Personally I would try to get second hand i5. You can get them for 80£ and they still provide plenty of punch.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Agree, just go second hand. eBay is your friend you might want to look/wait around the Classified section till one to your liking goes for sale.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Oh I'll be trying to buy 2nd hand if possible yeah, that doesn't actually answer what to go for though

    I'll have a look at some i5s.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm View Post
    Oh I'll be trying to buy 2nd hand if possible yeah, that doesn't actually answer what to go for though

    I'll have a look at some i5s.
    Try follow & read this thread > Any recommendations for a Mini ITX board?

    The advices and suggestions could be easily applied to your situation, I would say.
    Last edited by Bonebreaker777; 04-09-2013 at 10:57 PM.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    The boards aren't really the issue, since I've got a haswell and amd board lined up (both 2nd hand), but thanks.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Sorry, I haven't realized that it is going to be a Haswell based system.
    In that case, my previous post is in this matter rendered moot.

    Still would go for a Intel CPU.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Well I think I can also get an Ivy board off the same guy as well
    It was the platform I needed to work out, although since basically everyone has recommended Haswell I guess I'll go for that.

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Just get a new motherboard for your current CPU.Sorted.

    One of the sub £100 H77 motherboards from Asus or Gigabyte would do the job.


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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Just get a new motherboard for your current CPU.Sorted.

    One of the sub £100 H77 motherboards from Asus or Gigabyte would do the job.
    I could, but I've already got interest in the board and cpu, and this is a good time to change it up, try something new, and I'm now actually leaning to AMD since I want something I can have a bit of fun with and overclock

    To be honest it's not something that had even crossed my mind, I think mainly because I was looking originally to sell everything and start from scratch, I'll probably only be keeping the gpu for now.

    I'm looking to sell my board, cpu, cooler, psu, ssd, 1 hdd and some case fans etc for £450ish.
    If I go for the AMD setup with a 4tb drive it will end up costing me around the same, obviously I'll save £40-50 if I go for a 3tb.
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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Did some quick calculations, and it looks like it would cost me around £50 to switch to mitx if I keep my current cpu.
    Going AMD I would end up with around £35 in my pocket.

    That's £80ish which could be put towards a new gpu...

    I've got till the end of the month before I need to commit, so I'm going to keep an eye out in case there are any bargains etc, but I'm still not 100% sure what to do at the moment.

    Edit:
    Going Haswell would cost me £0+.
    Those figures are based on:
    Buying for each:
    450W sfx £65
    mitx parvum £100
    3tb £90
    enermax elc120 £45

    Then a board (AMD: £50, haswell: £65, sandy: £60) and the cpu itself (AMD: £65, haswell: £85+)
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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Just saying as you haven't mentioned specifics on here, but are you looking at the AthlonII FM2 socket cpus? They seem easy to forget and just look at the APUs.

    £65 gets you new top of the range, but the integrated graphics is disabled.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a...he-100w-retail

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    Re: Switching to mitx?

    Oh yeah sorry, I'm just looking at the Athlon chips since I'll be keeping my gpu, so the £65 quoted in my previous post is for the 760k

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