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I need a new intel mini-ITX motherboard to replace my flakey Zotac MB for my old HTPC

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I built a HTPC in 2010 (see below my sigfor complete details) and I need a new motherboard. I can't find any mini-ITX boards on newegg for LGA 775 however :-(
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80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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I'm not sure what your budget is but if your getting a totally new motherboard you might as well move to a more modern socket. For example you could get an Asrock H61 ITX LGA1155 mobo + Celeron G1610 (Ivy Bridge) for a little over $100. Then just throw in some cheap DDR3 ram and you have a pretty cheap upgrade and move away from the dead end LGA775 socket. You could also try going second hand either on OCN marketplace or eBay and get even lower prices. For example I have a spare Celeron G540 (Sandy Bridge) and I'm sure I could find some DDR3 RAM lying around, I'm not trying to sell you stuff but that's just an example (but if your interested your welcome to PM me). Just a thought but I'm not sure if that kind of upgrade is a viable option. I'm just not a fan of throwing money at a dead socket and old hardware.
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OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
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OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Viewsonic 27" 720P TV Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902) Corsair CX430M 
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Silverstone GD05B-USB3.0 Micro ATX Logitech Harmony 300i + HP 5070-2584 IR Receiver Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Speaker System Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner 
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I'm not sure what your budget is but if your getting a totally new motherboard you might as well move to a more modern socket. For example you could get an Asrock H61 ITX LGA1155 mobo + Celeron G1610 (Ivy Bridge) for a little over $100. Then just throw in some cheap DDR3 ram and you have a pretty cheap upgrade and move away from the dead end LGA775 socket. You could also try going second hand either on OCN marketplace or eBay and get even lower prices. For example I have a spare Celeron G540 (Sandy Bridge) and I'm sure I could find some DDR3 RAM lying around, I'm not trying to sell you stuff but that's just an example (but if your interested your welcome to PM me). Just a thought but I'm not sure if that kind of upgrade is a viable option. I'm just not a fan of throwing money at a dead socket and old hardware.
TBH I don't have much money like <$75 I found this though on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Executive-Mini-ITX-Graphics-1333MHz/dp/B001BN17ZM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1375150693&sr=1-1&keywords=Intel

Would those intel graphics with my CPU be good enough for 720p and 1080p video playback?
$400 HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E3200 2.4ghz wolfdale celeron ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI NVIDIA GeForce 9300M 2GB Crucial DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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Dell Mechanical Keyboard Seasonic 300w full size ATX LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX 
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E3200 2.4ghz wolfdale celeron ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI NVIDIA GeForce 9300M 2GB Crucial DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post

I'm not sure what your budget is but if your getting a totally new motherboard you might as well move to a more modern socket. For example you could get an Asrock H61 ITX LGA1155 mobo + Celeron G1610 (Ivy Bridge) for a little over $100. Then just throw in some cheap DDR3 ram and you have a pretty cheap upgrade and move away from the dead end LGA775 socket. You could also try going second hand either on OCN marketplace or eBay and get even lower prices. For example I have a spare Celeron G540 (Sandy Bridge) and I'm sure I could find some DDR3 RAM lying around, I'm not trying to sell you stuff but that's just an example (but if your interested your welcome to PM me). Just a thought but I'm not sure if that kind of upgrade is a viable option. I'm just not a fan of throwing money at a dead socket and old hardware.
TBH I don't have much money like <$75 I found this though on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Executive-Mini-ITX-Graphics-1333MHz/dp/B001BN17ZM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1375150693&sr=1-1&keywords=Intel

Would those intel graphics with my CPU be good enough for 720p and 1080p video playback?
Well that Intel Q45 motherboard uses the GMA4500 IGP. According to a forum post it can handle 1080P (source) but I can't say from first hand experience. This is only one source so take it for what it is.

What is wrong with the Zotac board that you need to switch? Is it overheating or causing instability issues? The Zotac board has a full x16 PCI-E slot but the Intel only has a x1 slot. So if you did want to upgrade the video card it would be possible (by cutting the plastic at the back of the slot or using a riser adapter and cutting that), but it would be hard and bandwidth limited.
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OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Viewsonic 27" 720P TV Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902) Corsair CX430M 
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Silverstone GD05B-USB3.0 Micro ATX Logitech Harmony 300i + HP 5070-2584 IR Receiver Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Speaker System Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner 
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Celeron G540 2.5GHz Intel DZ68AF Micro ATX Asus HD7750 G.SKILL Eco 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 120GB WD Green 2.5TB Samsung Blu-Ray Drive Intel Stock Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Viewsonic 27" 720P TV Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902) Corsair CX430M 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone GD05B-USB3.0 Micro ATX Logitech Harmony 300i + HP 5070-2584 IR Receiver Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Speaker System Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner 
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post

Well that Intel Q45 motherboard uses the GMA4500 IGP. According to a forum post it can handle 1080P (source) but I can't say from first hand experience. This is only one source so take it for what it is.

What is wrong with the Zotac board that you need to switch? Is it overheating or causing instability issues? The Zotac board has a full x16 PCI-E slot but the Intel only has a x1 slot. So if you did want to upgrade the video card it would be possible (by cutting the plastic at the back of the slot or using a riser adapter and cutting that), but it would be hard and bandwidth limited.

It doesn't POST so it is either the MB or the PSU. The PSU is a Seasonic and Zotac has a thousand complaints about it dying so I am assuming the MB is the issue.
$400 HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E3200 2.4ghz wolfdale celeron ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI NVIDIA GeForce 9300M 2GB Crucial DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCase
Dell Mechanical Keyboard Seasonic 300w full size ATX LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E3200 2.4ghz wolfdale celeron ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI NVIDIA GeForce 9300M 2GB Crucial DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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Dell Mechanical Keyboard Seasonic 300w full size ATX LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX 
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