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MB for i7 8700 24/7 use.

Dave7
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I just picked up a i7 8700 65W CPU, I need a decent Micro ATX board that has HDMI, Displayport, USB C. Will be used in a mini PC as a 24/7 server.

 

I am a Asus fan but they have no MB with these features that does not cost less than $170. It also needs to have the power fail feature in the bios to turn it self back on after a power loss. Do the Asus TUF brand of boards last any longer than say a gaming board? I've always bought the strix boards but hate to pay that much for one that will have a non overclocking cpu in it.

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I wouldn't buy TUF in general, overpriced prime boards, no vrm heatsink, meh vrms, things like that...

 

I would recommend looking outside asus too, msi, gigabyte, asrock and even EVGA has so much nice to offer

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If your using it as a server, why do you need hdmi displayport and usb c.

 

USB c and the video ports can easily be fixed with any adapter.

 

Any board should work fine. 

 

I don't with the tuf boards will last longer, things will always fail on boards, and most of the time it will outlast the usable lifespan of the system

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Server? Or NAS? Any board should be fine for a HTPC as long as its a manufacturer that you have heard of.

 

Old dells make excellent choices for HTPC, NAS and server usage because they have those kind of features. Old T7500 I have (granted this is a huge tower) cost 350 bucks to throw in 2 6 core X5980s and 96 Gigs of RAM then i picked up a 10 gig card and a few other things. Awesome for media storage and simulations and what not.

 

Point is even the mini dell PCs can be upgraded to a decent spec and have lots of useful features that IT demands

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I'm using multiple 4k displays and DVI, VGA does not support that resolution. USB C is for external hard drive but isn't a must.

 

I didn't plan on buying a video card to get the display port since i was trying to keep the power draw  down and that would add cost.

 

It's a NAS and server plus other software that i use and runs 24/7 like security cameras which needed intel quick sync. Also use to just surf the web youtube etc One screen has the cameras shown the other youtube etc.

 

Yeah i could buy one but what is the fun in that? :)

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