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    Default Motherboard for HTPC

    hello been a fan of abit but since i heard they are closing down i want to pick another company for my boards and from what i have read between asus and gigabyte .. gigabyte comes out on top.

    Now my question is i need a full atx board for amd processor i want for my living room so would prefer hdmi in it as well.

    my other parts are
    kuma 7750 be
    4 gig ocz fatalty 1066
    500 gig sata 32 meg
    hp dvr 1030i
    corsair 850 power supply
    genpix skywalker 1

    my main things will be watch movies, stream and hd satellite.
    i am not crazy for sound but would like it to be decent without cracking or hissing. Just need it sound good out of the hdmi
    any suggestions would be more than welcome

    other than that the abit board i would've got would've been an78-gs

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    Default Re: Motherboard for HTPC

    I'm currently assembling parts for a HTPC too. Mine will be intel based though.

    From the specs you list so far, it sounds more like a regular desktop PC, just with onboard graphics.

    Each to their own and all that, but my ideal HTPC would be small, cool and quiet. Something like an E5200, down-clocked to 2GHz, at 1v, 4GB of PC2-6400, a 640GB WD Caviar Black, NVidia chipset with HDMI (Audio + Video) and optical out, and a low profile wireless LAN card, maybe even integrated wireless.

    Have you thought about using a smaller case and going for a M-ATX board? As you won't need to over clock for HD recording and media streaming/video, you could probably save a shed load of money by going for PC2-6400 (DDR-800) RAM and a much smaller PSU.

    That Corsair would be able to power a two 4870 x2 CrossfireX platform, let alone a HTPC. If you want to go the corsair route with the PSU a HX450 would be more than enough, probably at least 100w to spare, and it's a Seasonic design, unlike the 850w which is a CWT. Seasonics are the king of quiet.

    For a Micro ATX board the GA-MA69GM-S2H would be great. Not sure if it supports sound directly through HDMI, though I assume it does.

    Have a look on the Gigabyte site for boards that match your needs, if you definately want a full size solution, you might find one that fits the bill.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: Motherboard for HTPC

    thanks for the advice from what i found at the site never even thought about looking there but i got this
    GIGABYTE GA-MA780G-UD3H
    now from what i been reading the ati radeon 3200 is tricky well with linux(mythbuntu) and with windows running sound through hdmi

    * HD 3200 with an AM2 processor (such as Athlon X2 5050e): good for progressive contents, poor for interlaced contents; stereo only LPCM.
    * HD 3200 with an AM2+/AM3 processor (such as Athlon X2 7750): good for both progressive and interlaced contents; stereo only LPCM.
    * HD 4550 with an AM2/AM2+/AM3 processor: good for both progressive and interlaced contents; supports multichannel LPCM.

    so i wanted to know if someone in here was using it and can advise i would like to buy it 90 at newegg right now dont think thats bad

    oh sorry the corsair processor is 550

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    Default Re: Motherboard for HTPC

    Looks like a good board, and has everything you want. It's worth noting though that although it says AM3 ready, it is just an AM2+ board.

    These forums seem to have a distinct lack of AMD users, so you might have to search around for some reviews.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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