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i5 6600K going from ATX to ITX

So I decided to convert my ATX build into ITX.

I have
i5 6600k
AsRock Z170 Pro4

It's just takes too much space on my desk. After 2 years I want to put it under my TV as a media centre sort of thing. Meanwhile I kinda lost track of those bloody components. I want ITX board and I really don't want to lose any performance.

I'm not gonna OC anymore. It doesn't offer me much difference, so no need for z170 itx. Which one would be good? B250? B150? If theres no big difference in price then I'll have to stick with Z170 itx. But first just want to know which one is used for non-oc builds.
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    ironowner said:
    So I decided to convert my ATX build into ITX.

    I have
    i5 6600k
    AsRock Z170 Pro4

    It's just takes too much space on my desk. After 2 years I want to put it under my TV as a media centre sort of thing. Meanwhile I kinda lost track of those bloody components. I want ITX board and I really don't want to lose any performance.

    I'm not gonna OC anymore. It doesn't offer me much difference, so no need for z170 itx. Which one would be good? B250? B150? If theres no big difference in price then I'll have to stick with Z170 itx. But first just want to know which one is used for non-oc builds.


    The B150 chipset is the non overclockable version of the Z170 chipset. The B250 chipset is the non overclockable version of the Z270 chipset.

    You can use the Skylake architecture in either chipsets, but a B150 chipset motherboard may need a UEFI/BIOS update to use a Kaby Lake architecture.

    The B150 chipset has 8 PCIE lanes, which is fine if you have a PCIE graphics card, and a SATA 2 (3gb/s) or SATA 3 (6gb/s) HDD or SSD. Once you add an M.2/NVME/PCIE/SATA Express SSD, you will have to share the 8 PCIE lanes with your M.2/NVME/PCIE/SATA Express storage and you graphics card, leaving for PCIE lanes for the graphics card; which is not enough pcie lanes for a graphics card, and 4 PCIE lanes for M.2/NVME/PCIE/SATA Express Storage.

    The B250 chipset has 12 PCIE lanes, so your graphics card will have 8 PCIE lanes dedicated to the graphics card, and if you have M.2/NVME/PCIE/SATA Express storage, you will have 4 PCIE lanes dedicated to M.2/NVME/PCIE/SATA Express storage.

    If you use integrated graphics and have M.2/NVME/PCIE/SATA Express storage, and will never add a graphics card, use the B150 chipset.

    If you use integrated graphics or a graphics card and a SATA 2 or SATA 3 HDD/SSD, go with the B150 chipset.

    If you have a graphics card and M.2/NVME/PCIE/ SATA Express storage, go with the B250 chipset.
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