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Need suggestions for an M-ATX motherboard - this one might be challenge.

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I have this:
CPU Properties:
CPU Type DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E7600
CPU Alias Wolfdale-3M
CPU Stepping R0
Engineering Sample No
CPUID CPU Name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7600 @ 3.06GHz ( It overclocks like a boss, but dont plan on for this project.)
CPUID Revision 0001067Ah
CPU VID 1.2875 V

I believe this is a socket 775.

Looking for a M-ATX board suggestion.
This project is all about a HTPC - Movies and music collection. Thanks in advance.

Audio: Hopefully your suggestion is something with very good onboard sound or I can drop my Asus DGX soundcard on it. So atleast 1 PCI-e slot
Video:I have a XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT I salvaged. Onboard video is fine with me too.
Memory: I have some 800MHZ DD2 I would like to put to use, since they are just sitting around doing nothing. So a board that will accept DD2, would be awesome.


Here is the catch - yes these specs are old, problem I have is that I live in Taipei and when the latest computer gear comes to market, the entire computer market simply just washes away all the old technology. Ebay is not such a big deal out here. Other markets online are pretty sketchy.

I was hoping someone can recommend a MB that is fairly new so I have a chance of getting it.

THANKS!!!
post #2 of 5
Personally, I would suggest any motherboard with the G45 chipset. It's the newest LGA 775 chipset, and it has hardware decoding of Blu Ray, 1080p, and HD playback:

http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-029871.htm.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/g45-geforce-9400,2263-2.html

This board, for example, has a 1x PCI-E slot, supports DDR2 800, and also has 8.1 channel audio: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-DG45ID-Motherboard-LGA-775-Socket-T-BLKDG45ID-Motherboard-/350735059649?pt=Motherboards&hash=item51a9704ac1
post #3 of 5
Do you have any other parts for the system yet? If you do not already have DDR2 which you can use, I would suggest avoiding any board using it as new DDR2 costs quite a bit more than DDR3.

In fact, I would suggest buying a new CPU and just selling your old Core 2 for a couple bucks. Here in the USA you can get an AMD A4-4000 Richland for $45 and Intel Celeron G1610 Ivy Bridge for $50. Both are dual core with better performance and lower power draw than the old Core 2, and have integrated graphics which is much better than the G45 chipset. Brand new cheap motherboards start at $45, but you can also get more modern boards with SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 for $55. This way you can buy fairly new stuff (for better availability) at almost the same cost and get much newer/better tech.
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post #4 of 5
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Thanks for the suggestion.
I have 800Mhz DDR2 , 4 gigs. I found a board I am interested in but the price was too high ( $60) for the features and it being old . Gigabyte G41 something.
Not sure on the performance of a G41 compared to a G45, while I was shopping. So I haven't pulled the trigger on this build. I don't need an new CPU, the duo core plenty of juice to run 1080p movies... and scan my folders for updates in XBMC.
I have another case lying around thats a mid tower - that will become my HTPC.
It just wont be small and out of sight. I just cant see spending $60 on old tech. Shop owner refused to negotiate. Taipei - win some, lose some.
post #5 of 5
G41 seems to be the G31 chipset updated with slightly better IGP and DDR3 support (can use DDR2 or DDR3, but not both at same time). Both chipsets use ICH7 Southbridge. G41 is the only 4-series chipset that does not support PCIe 2.0, but is PCIe 1.1 like all the 3-series chipsets (except X38?).
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