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    Motherboard question

    Is there a reason alot of people here are using EPIA mb's? I was thinking of getting a new ASUS, but was noticing all the ones with the EPIA. Also, wheres a place that I can get a very slim ATX case. Im not going to be using any cd-rom or dvd drives, just want the mb and hardrive in there.

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    the reasom for epia is because of the size. just slightly bigger than the stick of ram in width and just as deep. 7x7 it is, I think. So its easy to fit them anywhere. Also they have very low power consumption. and they have everything built in, and cheep for the features.
    Did i miss something?
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    Originally posted by kane2g
    the reasom for epia is because of the size. just slightly bigger than the stick of ram in width and just as deep. 7x7 it is, I think. So its easy to fit them anywhere. Also they have very low power consumption. and they have everything built in, and cheep for the features.
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    yeah!
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    i know they are very diff. but the micro atx stuff is cheap powerful and small as well. there are many cases availble big and small. the EPIA has it beat hands down for size and overall value though. there was a ?? micro atx board at my local shop for like $77 that would support a p4..or a celeron 478 pin. the celeron was like $61 which is dirt cheap for a 1.7gig. just for comparison sake. the p4 will surely use more power and more power=more heat etc..+ a larger case blah blah. i guess depends on the needs for the end user and how much space this person has to play with.

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    Thats just it, size. I was running a flex atx board with a Celeron and got the heat/power down pretty low, but couldn't go completely fanless. My case was 8x10x4 Now with the mini itx I should be able to shrink my case to half the size and remove the fan and my case is going to be 8x8x2.

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    do you really need 1.7ghz??
    I mean, what is the purpose of the unit?
    are you going to be gaming with it? or use it to play mp3s and GPS?
    Unless you just want to be different?
    Also consider that p4 will require quite a lot of power out of the PSU, so you cant go with a 70W one. this thing is gonna get bigger and bigger. You might as well just take a desktop and throuw it in the trunk.
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