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Moving from ATX to SFF

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by @if ®afiq, 27 May 2010.

  1. @if ®afiq


    Joined: 3 May 2003

    Posts: 6,077

    I've been thinking about the move recently as I use my PC for movies/music.

    At the moment I have an E7400, ATX mobo, 4GB PC8500, TRUE120 and Corsair PSU and a 4350 I believe and a PCI soundcard.

    I wish to keep the CPU, RAM and souncard and obviously want to keep it as cheap as possible.

    Any ideas on what I could do??? Thanks :)
  2. Guardsmon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 4 Sep 2006

    Posts: 1,800

    Location: Bristol

    Da Box 100 and a G35 board and you're set. Petty the case will cost so much, but you can keep your TRUE120 :D

    Depends how small you want to go and what sort of case you want it in - HTPC, M-ATX box, Mini-ITX?
  3. Azza


    Joined: 6 Dec 2005

    Posts: 35,821

    Location: Birmingham

    What's the sound card? What speakers are you connected to?

    Mini-ITX or M-ATX? If you go mini-ITX you won't be able to keep the soundcard.

    Is size a problem? Case will define what you'll be able to do really.
  4. Tute


    Joined: 24 Jul 2004

    Posts: 22,464

    Location: Devon, UK

    If he's happy with onboard graphics he might.
  5. SimonR


    Joined: 15 Dec 2008

    Posts: 752

    Location: Near to Overclockers

    Sell it all except the memory, buy a Zotac Ion FE motherboard (£120). Just remember to install the Shark007 codec pack.
    That will give you a pci-e slot to play with if you really want a soundcard in there. Otherwise buy a pci-e tuner card and you have a nice little media center. Case wise it is up to you. Have a look at the Antec ISK 310-150 [​IMG]

    I think it is quite a pretty little case

  6. @if ®afiq


    Joined: 3 May 2003

    Posts: 6,077

    I had a look at the DA box - but it is too much. I'm kind of leaning toward the Silverstone GD05 - I will be able to keep everything except the TRUE, which not too painful of a change.

    I can't remember what exact soundcard - but I bought it to use with Dogbert's drivers (CMI8738 based) and have it hooked up to my AV with optical.

    Graphics wise - as long as it supports 1080P on the hardware rather than the CPU then that is fine....I don't play games on it, but watch MKV's etc.

    It looks like all I need is a good micro ATX mobo that supports 45nm C2D's.