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I already have an A6-3500 APU. I will be ordering the rest of it for my HTPC upgrade in the next 2.5 days.

I can get the ASRock from Amazon for $99 with Patriot 1600Mhz 4GB Dual Channel Memory. Advantage is no tax (being shipped from Utah) and free shipping.

or

Elite Group (ECS) same features (2 PCI, Optical Out, USB 3.0 on backplate) as the ASRock but has $25 Rebate that ends at the end of the month. After shipping and local taxes (coming from City of Industry, CA) it comes out to $113 and change for just the motherboard ($79.99) or net $88.

Which board do you like better? I don't see much difference other than maybe the ASRock is easier to overclock with and its USB software has been proven to speed up USB 2.0 transfer speeds. Both have UEFI (not sure if it will work with Windows 7 32-bit) so it likely doesn't matter much.

I will check this post every few hours because as I said, I will be ordering soon and I want opinions.
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ASRock,hands down. Solid boards,#3 overall mobo manufacturer. ECS was decent back in the day,but now they are headed for extinction.
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Asrock over ECS any day easy. Asrock is owned by the quality board maker Asus. ECS value boards can be pretty cheaply made and I would never recommend an ECS board. I have an Asrock A75M-ITX board in my A8-3850 HTPC and it's been a great board.
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Asrock over ECS any day easy. Asrock is owned by the quality board maker Asus. ECS value boards can be pretty cheaply made and I would never recommend an ECS board. I have an Asrock A75M-ITX board in my A8-3850 HTPC and it's been a great board.

Thanks I was following your thread and I like your build. I am trying to reduce idle, low use wattage and that's why I went with the Triple Core since it idles during Blu-Ray playback at around 38W according to several reviews. I watch mainly SD or 1080i/720p content anyway, so I hope usage is even lower.

According to reviews not much negative about the ECS A75 or A55 boards so I would be safe but I'm on a strict budget so I will likely opt for the ASRock anyway, they are equal in features. I have legacy TV Tuners which is why having PCI slots was important. I also use optical out to an older Home Theater in a Box that doesn't have HDMI.

I want to make sure I have all the right connections before I start monkeying around with my setup. smile.gif
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AsRock hands down. I know they are new but I have heard horrible things of ECS who has been around for some time now. ECS I would consider to be off the wall brand type motherboard.
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