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Super-budget Intel motherboards

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Parge 20th November 2012, 08:45 Quote
I just slapped a £35 Gigabyte 1155 motherboard in my housemates computer. Frankly it's great - room to upgrade to a 2500K and a GTX 680 in future too!
blacko 20th November 2012, 09:18 Quote
its so funny seeing an h61 paired with a GTX 680!

you should have stuck an i3 2100 as well just for giggles.
GuilleAcoustic 20th November 2012, 09:23 Quote
I made an ITX rig for my wife's parents using the MSI H61I-E35. Great deal for the price :).

On the pics, yours seams to have an opened PCIe-1X slot, while mine is closed. Did you mod it to plug PCIe-4/8/16X cards ?
xaser04 20th November 2012, 09:37 Quote
Hmmm considering the title I thought this review would include a number of budget board from various board manufacturers with specific emphasis being put on the features (or lack there of). Essentially a nice "round-up" if you will.

Instead its just a look at two under featured boards put through the normal tests.
Combatus 20th November 2012, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
I made an ITX rig for my wife's parents using the MSI H61I-E35. Great deal for the price :).

On the pics, yours seams to have an opened PCIe-1X slot, while mine is closed. Did you mod it to plug PCIe-4/8/16X cards ?

We did indeed! Well spotted! I was actually going to cover this in a separate article :D
Jipa 20th November 2012, 17:26 Quote
No digital video output? Oh wow... I know cheap stuff is cheap, but that's not the place to save the two bucks in!
rollo 20th November 2012, 18:18 Quote
Shows that the difference between even the most expensive board and the cheapest is a mere 300 points. People who don't need bleeding edge performance could save alot of cash it would seem on a low end board.
Awoken 20th November 2012, 21:29 Quote
Thank you for the reviews, they were very interesting and thorough. One correction spotted:
"Our personal favourite is the MSI H61I-E35 (B3). Its size and the fact it has an HDMI port, means that it's well-suited to a low-power but capable system if you're prepared to live with your CPU's on-board graphics."
SimonStern 20th November 2012, 23:55 Quote
Had to stop at "represent the cheapest examples we we could find at time of writing"

£47.41, roughly $75.50 is the cheapest micro-atx you found? Newegg.com has around 40 listings below that price, nearly all of them with x16 slots, starting at $42.99 or £27. Now THAT's what I'd call super budget ;) Even the near identical (except for including a dvi port) ASRock H61M-DGS is only $44.99 ex tax.

Or am I missing something and being daft lol.
fluxtatic 21st November 2012, 06:38 Quote
Might have been nice if you'd tested with a video card more appropriate to a budget build - 550Ti or the like. I can see the laffs to be had cramming a GTX680 in there, but c'mon.

A nice, realistic sort of setup would have been nice - answering a sort of 'how cheaply can you build a (halfway-decent) PC?'
kenco_uk 21st November 2012, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by SimonStern
Had to stop at "represent the cheapest examples we we could find at time of writing"

£47.41, roughly $75.50 is the cheapest micro-atx you found? Newegg.com has around 40 listings below that price, nearly all of them with x16 slots, starting at $42.99 or £27. Now THAT's what I'd call super budget ;) Even the near identical (except for including a dvi port) ASRock H61M-DGS is only $44.99 ex tax.

Or am I missing something and being daft lol.

Yes. Welcome to rip-off Britain with taxes on tax ;)
GuilleAcoustic 21st November 2012, 16:33 Quote
so true ... in France we have a lot of 45 - 50€ (Incl. 19.6% VAT) LGA1155 mobo : http://www.ldlc.com/fiche/PB00133317.html
Jipa 21st November 2012, 17:57 Quote
Here the MSI seems to cost 66 € (+13 € postage) in the cheapest place (53 £ (or 64 £ with the mandatory shipping)) so stop whining your eyes out. Everyone knows stuff is cheap in the USA, get over it already.
MrSmegz 25th November 2012, 03:39 Quote
Granted these boards are super cheap because of their lack of typical basic features. I was hoping to see an answer as to the type of components used on these boards. I usually build computers like this for friends, family, and Co-workers. My main concern with going too 'cheap' is the quality of components. Are these boards more likely to fail than say a Intel DZ77GA-70K that was tested?
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