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  • 0% (0)
    ASrock
  • 100% (1)
    Gigabyte
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post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
My two choices are right now a

ASrock for $88

or a Gigabte for $88

However the gigabyte board is on sale with 10%off and a $20 dollar MIR so now it is $88. I can wait a couple months for a mother board. Should I pass this up and hope for the asrock to go down in price? The only reason I'm considering this board (gigabyte) is because of the 2 extra sata 3 ports and the more audio inputs.

1. pros for as rock
better sata connection spots
might become cheaper than 88
Micro atx board

2, pros for gigabyte
more sata 3 connectors
more audio spots
has usb 3.0 headers

3. cons for as rock
will have to buy a pci-e controller for more sata ports if i buy enough hard drives
not 6 audio ports
no usb 3.0 headers

4. cons for gigabyte
sata connection spots
do i really need two pci-e 2.0 slots for a HTPC?

So in essence which one?
Feed back is definitely appreciated.
Edited by The Lurking Ninja - Yesterday at 10:07
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post #2 of 3
What boards are you talking about? Sata 3 really only helps with an SSD so if it is a file server I would grab the one with the most ports.
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post #3 of 3
I'm not an expert in audio stuff or HTPCs or anything but... does it matter what the deal is with the audio ports? I mean I assume an HTPC would be using audio via HDMI...? Or perahps I am misunderstanding what you mean by audio spots...
 
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