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Building a DIY All-in-One PC with GIGABYTE's H77TN Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 2:06 pm

The Build

 

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Before we installed the H77TN into the MiTAC Maestro 770 we had to install a few components into the motherboard itself. We filled the two SO-DIMM slots with a pair of 1333MHz DDR 4GB modules giving us a total 8GB of RAM.

 

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Along with the RAM we also installed a Centrino Advanced-N 6230 WiFi card to add wireless connectivity along with a 240GB MemoRight MS701 mSATA drive. The large capacity of the drive meant that we were able to get away without the need to install a standalone SSD drive, which was awesome.

 

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Once that was done we grabbed our beloved Intel Core i7 3770K CPU and installed it into the motherboard and then placed it inside the MiTAC Maestro 770 before applying thermal paste. At this point everything was going pretty smooth. Considering that we're dealing with quite a small chassis and no manual, everything was really going better than I thought it would.

 

With our CPU installed it was time to reinstall the heatsink, which was super easy. The first thing we did was remount the heatsink with the dual copper pipes coming out the top. A total of five screws hold this in with one towards the back and the four main ones that go over the CPU itself. Then we remounted the fan with its three screws.

 

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With that installed it was just a matter of plugging in the necessary cables to get up and running. The lack of labeling on them was quite annoying, but the early nature of the sample means that this doesn't come as a huge surprise. One mistake we made originally is we didn't have the touch-screen panel plugged in. It's like a USB 2.0 header, but instead of being a single piece, it's two pieces.

 

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The good news is the unit is so easy to deal with when it comes to installing. While indeed thin, it's just a huge flat open surface that makes the whole process an absolute breeze. Everything is just held in with screws and with the help of our trusty electric drill, the whole build took no time at all to get done.

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