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    I need a little help i have been reading a lots on this forum and researching though and using but i still cant make up my mind 100% on what hardware i should get i am thinking on going micro ATX board or Mini-ITX boards not decided as of yet and i have no idea on rest of the parts as i have never used mini computers could someone help me out or do u think its better to go with normal computer ?

    thank you very much

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    It's all the same as a full sized ATX motherboard. The only thing different is the size. The Mini-ITX boards use less power too, but as far as building them and parts, it's all the same (with the exception that some of the VIA ITX boards have the processors built in instead of adding one on).

    If you need something that doesn't use much power, and can be squeezed into tight places, go mini-ITX. If you need something with lots of power to do stuff, and is in most cases a bit cheaper, go full sized.

    I personally prefer micro ATX, same thing as ATX just smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS3RS
    It's all the same as a full sized ATX motherboard. The only thing different is the size. The Mini-ITX boards use less power too, but as far as building them and parts, it's all the same (with the exception that some of the VIA ITX boards have the processors built in instead of adding one on).

    If you need something that doesn't use much power, and can be squeezed into tight places, go mini-ITX. If you need something with lots of power to do stuff, and is in most cases a bit cheaper, go full sized.

    I personally prefer micro ATX, same thing as ATX just smaller.
    tnx for that plz i would liek to hear some more suggestions before i go out and spend some money that i dont have lol

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    LanoX,

    You have many options before you. as RS3RS said, it's all about the configuration and what you want your system to do. If its mainly for mp3 playing, than a smaller cpu is ok. If your going to be using gps, playing music and running outlook to get contact info all at once, you will need more power.

    I use a full size ATX raid board from MSI. By utilizing the raid setup, if your hard drive fails, you just make the other drive your primary and you are up and running with no data loss.

    If you are going to be primarily using usb as the connectivity for your peripherals, than either type of setup will work. Make sure you go with USB 2.0 though. If you want to use full size PCI cards, the microATX and an EPIA boards only have a couple of pci slots, where a bigger board gives you additional flexability.

    Some of the smaller boards have built in video. If at some time you want to upgrade, you won't be able to unless the have an AGP port.

    I may not be correct on this next statement, but if I remember correctly, the EPIA boards only have one or two pci slots. If you need to run more than two pci cards, you are in trouble.

    Some of the smaller boards (EPIA) have a different power supply than the bigger boards. As I've stated many times before, if you are on the road on vacation and your power supply goes out, where are you going to find a specialized power supply? Where as with a system that utilizes an inverter and standard power supply, you can find the parts anywhere.

    How much ram, and how many slots it has is important. Many of the people here are running smaller amounts of ram. This does not work for me as I use my system as a mobile office. Plus DVD's play back better with a higher amount of ram.

    That's about all I can think of for now. Hope this helps. Remember everyone has an opinion about the best setup. What you need to do is sit down and really decide what the most important features are to you. Then you can build the "right" system.

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    tnx for that batman can some 1 put little bit more responses and tell me what they think i should go with from personal experience Mini Comp or normal Desktop comp? thank you very much i am sorter pulling my lag at the moment more on the min carputer than desktop but as batman said if something goes wrong desktops are easily replaced than mini..

    but will have to decide in next 2 days .

    thank you all

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    I'm going to being using a Asus micro atx board, with a mobile athlon processor (see sig). It is the same as using a full size board, just smaller and minus a couple pci slots. Plus the mobile athlon runs much faster than any of the epia boards, and it ouly uses 45w, so you don't have to worry too much about power as opposed to a regular athlon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro-A4
    I'm going to being using a Asus micro atx board, with a mobile athlon processor (see sig). It is the same as using a full size board, just smaller and minus a couple pci slots. Plus the mobile athlon runs much faster than any of the epia boards, and it ouly uses 45w, so you don't have to worry too much about power as opposed to a regular athlon.
    aha i see what case are u using for that ? and also do you know any good shops in Aust that you can get mini computer parts as i cant seem to find any );

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    can some 1 tell me whats good micro atx board for intel ? plz thank you ver much

    oh 1 more do u think Micro or mini boards are better tnx

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    Quote Originally Posted by LanoX
    aha i see what case are u using for that ? and also do you know any good shops in Aust that you can get mini computer parts as i cant seem to find any );

    tnx
    I'm not going to be useing a case. I'm making a custom box/case to put everything. As for shops in Aust, can't help you there.
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    Your best resource for computer parts in Oz is http://www.razorprices.com

    For mini-boards I would recommend EverythingLinux.com.au, EYO computers and Thunderbird computers ... I've dealt with all of them and they have proven to be good value for money.

    Hope this helps and good luck as you begin this magical journey
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