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I can't decide what chipset/mother board to use for my HTPC

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This machine will be used for playing HD video and music in the living room and as a fileserver for other pc's in the house.

I still don't know what operating system I should use. Ive never used anything but windows.

I plan to have it on 24/7.

some features I would like on the motherboard

*internal usb 3.0 header
*sata 3
*more then 4 sata connections for future storage additions.





Here is what I have in mind already. the PSU and case have already been ordered. The ram is just some I have laying around.


My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 GTX 460 corsair xms3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120 GB ASUS 24x dvd burn Hyper 212+ HP 2311x 
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W NZXT Phantom(black w/ orange newegg exclusive) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 GTX 460 corsair xms3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120 GB ASUS 24x dvd burn Hyper 212+ HP 2311x 
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W NZXT Phantom(black w/ orange newegg exclusive) 
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AMD A6-3500
ASUS F1A75-M FM1

I was using this combo for a while. Worked great. Dirt cheap. Playback on everything I threw at it was great. No issues recording 6 channels at once.
STARSCREAM
(17 items)
 
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(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-3770k ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ASUS GeForce GTX550 Ti G.Skill Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830 Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Green LG Bluray/HD-DVD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H100 w/SP120 Performance Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Dell U2410 Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 Black TKL w/Cherry MX ... 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX650 Antec P280 CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Thunder 8 
Audio
Dell Soundbar 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS Maximus V Gene HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon 6850 G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866MHz 2x4GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 64GB Corsair H80 w/SP120 Performance Windows 7 Ultimate Dell 2007WFP 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
DasKeyboard Professional NZXT Hale90 750W Antec Mini P180 Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudio
XTrac Ripper Logitech 2.1 
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STARSCREAM
(17 items)
 
SKYWARP
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-3770k ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ASUS GeForce GTX550 Ti G.Skill Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830 Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Green LG Bluray/HD-DVD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H100 w/SP120 Performance Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Dell U2410 Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 Black TKL w/Cherry MX ... 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX650 Antec P280 CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Thunder 8 
Audio
Dell Soundbar 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS Maximus V Gene HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon 6850 G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866MHz 2x4GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 64GB Corsair H80 w/SP120 Performance Windows 7 Ultimate Dell 2007WFP 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
DasKeyboard Professional NZXT Hale90 750W Antec Mini P180 Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudio
XTrac Ripper Logitech 2.1 
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