CPU & motherboard advice


Chassis Packer
Original poster
Oct 4, 2018
Hi all

been a long time since ive build anything so need advice on motherboard/cpu combination.

The PC will mostly be used for internet, office, video, downloading, a little Photoshop/illustrator. only gaming done is football manager and cities skyline- non-graphical games
The PC is on all day every day but wont be overclocked/stretched.
Most of the build is done. i wanted high quality, trusted components but now i need to think about the best motherboard cpu combo that will do everything i need. My thoughts were i5 with a asrock itx motherboard, but now amd has the vega graphics. Not looking for a graphics card- onboard only.
Also i have no idea whether i need a H370 or Z370 or X470 etc etc.
basically im stuck and would love some advice.

CPU- ???
Motherboard- ???
Case- Metallicgear Neo Mini ITX
Memory- Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200
Graphics- onboard only
cpu cooler- Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler
Stoage (boot)-Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Storage (2nd)- Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
PSU- Corsair SF 450W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply
Case fans- 2xCorsair ML140 front
Case fans- Corsair ML120 Rear


Caliper Novice
Aug 5, 2019
If you go intel and you don’t plan to over click then “h” series motherboards are probably what you want. If you go amd (which would be my recommendation) b350 or b450 will do just fine and even let you overclock a little. Just make sure the motherboard you get supports the apu you get. Also your I don’t think your l9i will fit amd, so if you do that you may need an adapter from noctua.