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Was recommended this guy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128090

Which seems quite cool indeed. A couple of questions though-
- Can it play back ripped HD/Bluray files?
- If I get an internal Bluray drive later, it can handle it okay?
- Does it run hot? I was going for the M40 case, but if I dont need a video card, what is a nice alternate HTPC case for this board?

Im really trying to figure out if I need a discreet vid card or not. I can get by without gaming on this machine, but I would also like it to be expandable for the future. Might it be better to spend a bit more and get a box that is more flexible, i.e. can put standard ATX PSU, full size card, etc? Maybe even with this board?

Love to hear any suggestions!
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Can it play back ripped HD/Bluray files?
Yes, with AnyDVD installed.

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If I get an internal Bluray drive later, it can handle it okay?
I haven't had any problems with mine, running fine.

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Does it run hot?
The hottest part is the internal graphics, around 80c. I've reseated the heatsink with AS5. The heat ouptut does not cause a problem in my Antec fusion case though.


I built this rig 2 months ago and I'm absolutely delighted with it. HD playback is exceptional on it. Like yourself I'm planning to do some gaming on it now- The onboard gfx really isn't up to playing at 1920 X 1080 . So come the end of the month I'll be adding a 4850 to it, then I can get my game face on
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Was recommended this guy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128090

Which seems quite cool indeed. A couple of questions though-
- Can it play back ripped HD/Bluray files?
- If I get an internal Bluray drive later, it can handle it okay?
- Does it run hot? I was going for the M40 case, but if I dont need a video card, what is a nice alternate HTPC case for this board?

Im really trying to figure out if I need a discreet vid card or not. I can get by without gaming on this machine, but I would also like it to be expandable for the future. Might it be better to spend a bit more and get a box that is more flexible, i.e. can put standard ATX PSU, full size card, etc? Maybe even with this board?

Love to hear any suggestions!

1) Yes. The 780G is HDCP compliant and can decode up to 1080p.
2) Yes, it is just another drive.
3) The chipset temperature ranges from 75-90C even with aftermarket cooling. This is normal. The actual TDP of the chipset is less than 15w so the high temperatures are due to the small die size.


You don't need a discrete video card for movies with this motherboard. mATX motherboard are designed to fit in ATX cases and work with ATX PSUs. Full size cards fit fine.

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The onboard gfx really isn't up to playing at 1920 X 1080 .
Most reviews have it playing 1080p fine.... Have you tried to overclock your memory, HT, and GPU? All boost the performance of the HD3200 noticeably. Check my benchmarks: http://www.overclock.net/htpc/313038...0g-hd3200.html
Edited by DuckieHo - 6/11/08 at 8:46am
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Most reviews have it playing 1080p fine.... Have you tried to overclock your memory, HT, and GPU? All boost the performance of the HD3200 noticeably. Check my benchmarks: http://www.overclock.net/htpc/313038...0g-hd3200.html
Cheers Duckie, I meant videogame performance at 1920 X 1080. e.g. TF2 gets about 30fps on my 780G @ 1920x1080 medium settings which doesn't look too good after playing it at 75fps maxed.

HD movie playback is all good @ 1080p.
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Cheers Duckie, I meant videogame performance at 1920 X 1080. e.g. TF2 gets about 30fps on my 780G @ 1920x1080 medium settings which doesn't look too good after playing it at 75fps maxed.

HD movie playback is all good @ 1080p.
Ahhh... why not get a HD3450? These are cheap (like $25USD) and will about double your current performance with Crossfire.

Also, have you attempted to overclock the HT, memory, and core? You can get a 50% performance boost on the HD3200.
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Ahhh... why not get a HD3450? These are cheap (like $25USD) and will about double your current performance with Crossfire.

Also, have you attempted to overclock the HT, memory, and core? You can get a 50% performance boost on the HD3200.
I love the onboard and it's crossfire abilities but even doubling the onboard gpu & o/c'ing it still won't satisfy me.

The 4850 looks good so far (on paper anyways) gaming wise and audio wise with 7.1. l hope the drivers deliver on the hype and the price is right

....not to mention I'm a sucker for MOAR P0W3R!!
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