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#1 Aug 10 2010 at 11:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/zotacs_tiny_h55itx-c-e_sff_motherboard_packs_punch

LAN parties aren't what they used to be, but man that's tiny. One thing I like about my Mac Mini is it sits on my desk and looks nice. My other computer sits on my desk and looks ZOMGHUGE.
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#2 Aug 10 2010 at 11:33 AM Rating: Decent
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wow... thats small.... wonder how small of a case ya can fit that into
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#3 Aug 10 2010 at 11:36 AM Rating: Excellent
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Micro ITX towers: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006318&IsNodeId=1&name=Mini-ITX%20Tower
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#4 Aug 10 2010 at 11:57 AM Rating: Good
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I feel like I could sneeze and break that.
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there is no tripple channel memory? perhaps im just blind but if there isn't, that sucks ZOMGHUGness xD
If there is only 1 2.0 X16 slot then that doesn't allow full X16 support for dual GPU's :(

Well it still looks nice ;)
#6 Aug 10 2010 at 12:06 PM Rating: Good
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I'm thinking more along the lines of an HD media PC/gaming computer. Note the integrated HDMI out, which could handle regular TV, and you could get something beefy for gaming. The best part is it could fit in a tiny case behind your TV, or some other low profile setup.
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#7 Aug 10 2010 at 12:10 PM Rating: Good
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Says you can put a GeForce GTX 400-series graphics card in it. I didn't see what the integrated graphics was though.
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Says you can put a GeForce GTX 400-series graphics card in it. I didn't see what the integrated graphics was though.


Crap. Same as any other integrated graphics.

Personally, never been a fan of ITX systems. I mean, they look pretty cool and they're hella-portable, but I've always been worried they'd overheat due to the tiny case, especially if you put anything beefy in it.

Still, that's a pretty nice motherboard for one. Just a shame that LAN parties are dying a slow death; they were always fun, if inconvenient.
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#9 Aug 10 2010 at 12:41 PM Rating: Decent
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I'd gut out an old video game system and put it in there. :)

I was thinking about one of these for a HTPC or small NAS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883152001&cm_re=msi_wind-_-83-152-001-_-Product


But I just like building systems too much; that Zotac would be a neat alternative to a low/midrange system.
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The crazy case modder people who like to put computers in things like toasters or 1980s cell phones will be going crazy over this.
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#11 Aug 10 2010 at 1:55 PM Rating: Good
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The crazy case modder people who like to put computers in things like toasters or 1980s cell phones will be going crazy over this.


ITX boards have been out for a while; they're just not as popular since most people prefer an ATX mid tower or full tower. Small form factor cases have been around before the Mac Mini, they're just unpopular with enthusiasts because of the small space and heat issues, which limits what you can put in there without it frying an egg.

They're LAN party favorites though, simply because it's easier to lug around something slightly larger than a gamecube than it is to lug around a tower.
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That thing is cool. It almost makes me regret getting 1366 with 3way sli. Sure it's more future proof but that one is so tiny :D
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I plan to go on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to my new case. Been eyeballing one of the Corsair 800 cases. Ar 24" x 24" 9", it would allow me plenty of interior spec for upgrades and water cooling. One of the complaints I hear most about it is the weight, but being a moose as I am that shouldn't be too much of an issue. I like a pc that won't get knocked around if one of my dogs hits it. Though I've been looking at the micro cases for my brother.
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I used to use a P190 + 1200. The large case got tiring after a while, I have an Antec 300 now.
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We'll I'm using an Antec 900 and its more than a little crowded inside. A pair of 8800 GTS' leave about at an inch and a half of wiggle room when it comes to wiring, and the fact I have 4 hdds in the split between the middle and bottom cages doesn't help anything, always worried that I'll unplug something when I remove the video cards to clean out the fans, more so when putting them back. What has me interested in the 800d is the how they handle the wiring management with the ability to route most if not all of it behind the mobo tray. The window that allows access to the back of the cpu for ease of mounting aftermarket heat sinks helps its case.
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On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, has anyone seen this year's Maximum PC Dream Machine? Here's the MB:
http://www.evga.com/articles/00537/
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#17 Aug 10 2010 at 8:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Wouldn't you still need at least a mid tower case for SLI?? I cant see 2 GTX460s fitting in a micro case. Even if you could I would think the cards would heat the crap out of all the components in a tiny case.

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#18 Aug 10 2010 at 8:20 PM Rating: Good
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This only has one PCI E slot :) No SLI.
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heh reading > me. I read it as PCI-E 2x16 not 2.0.
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