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post #1 of 10
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Hi,

I had a completely fanless 64 bit 3500 mediacentre PC... for a day.

Unfortunately the Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 with onboard 6150 graphics has the Bootup problems that others have experienced and is being RMA'd.

Despite looking extensively on forums etc. I'm having trouble picking replacements so can anyone help me out?

I'm off ATI at the moment so don't want any ATi graphic chipset motherboards, but willing to be corrected.... driver issues in 64 bit windows with X550's have caused this.
A graphic chipset motherboard isn't essential.

I need a motherboard with the following:

Fanless (or I must be able to swap any fan with a Zalman Heatsink)
SATA II 4 ports minimum Hot swap capable
Socket 939 able to take Dual Core etc.
Processor interface via 2000MT/s HyperTransport bus
PCI-X
SLI is not needed but doesn't hurt as it gives me extra PCI-Express slots
Firewire with both port types would be good

Graphics Card
Fanless
Will provide all current enhancements for mediacentre/video so am I right in thinking that needs to be a Nvidia 6600GT or better?

My other relevant specs are:
Yesico 550Watt Power Supply
Corsair TwinX 3200/400 Dual Channel Kit
Hitachi SATA II Boot disks
Various other caddied EIDE hard drives
XP MediaCentre OS
64 bit AMD 3500 Venice

I noticed the BFG Nforce 4 motherboard. No Firewire as I understand and has a chipset fan. Anyone have any experience of replacing this fan with a fanless heatsink?

My budget is... buy what I need to do the job... however I prefer to buy the cheapest that will do the job.

Fanless and SATA II is non negotiable though.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Rob
post #2 of 10
Both Abit and Asus make some mobos with those specs and they use a heatpiped nb chip to a large passive radiator. No fans on mobo at all. AN8 and KN8 are two Abit models with this feature. Asus A8N.

For your video card: both Zalman and Thermalright make excellent passive graphics card radiators.

For your cpu: zalman all the way.
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post #3 of 10
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Thanks Mjolnir,

Had a look at these boards and the Asus seem a bit pricey but better layout.
The Abit AN8 looks good but I don't like the Floppy or 12V connector position.
Nevertheless seems to be a straight choice between:
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium skt939 @ £111.90
Abit AN8 SLi PCI-E SKT939 NF4 @ £90.55

I've used Zalman Coolers on other machines and been happy with them but in this case I'm already using a Thermaltake Sonic Tower. This is working suprisingly well.

Seems like a Nvidia 6600 is the lowest card which has all Purevideo features so will have to see what all these endless abbreviations before and after the 6600 actually mean and then see who does a passive one.
post #4 of 10
Yeah, a lot of people in reviews disliked the position. For me it worked great cause I could tape my IDE cables flat against the case for a clean set up, and I don't use a floopy drive anyway.

the Asus are great boards, I don't think you can go wrong there.

Here's a passive 6600. I've owned some albatron components before and they were good quality. there are some 256MB models out there, though.

If you are going to be using the video for media purposes, the 6600 should be fine. the GT is more for gaming, but it's a good card and now only a few dollars more.

Good luck with your build.
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post #5 of 10
If you want to go crazy with some room for expansion in the future, you could go with the DFI Lanparty Sli-Dr. BIOS are way advanced and if you know anything about them and how to manipulate 'em, then go with that. But if you are just looking for a simple Media Center PC, go with Asus Deluxe

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post #6 of 10
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A number of people on forums report that the Asus board requires case airflow which defeats the point in this instance if true.

Came across the A8N32-SLI Deluxe. Any ideas if this suffers from the same problem? Seems to have a much bigger Radiator on the end of the heatpipe.

That Albatron seems to be unavailable in the UK. Can't find one at all.
Might have this aspect sorted though. My Brother, who's the hard core gamer, has had a Gigabyte 6600GT Turbo Passive for a year. A 6800GS can be had for £130ish. So I'm thinking of buying that and swapping him. Seems like best bang for the buck.

Motherboard is still a problem. Gigabytes are close but the heatsinks are placed under the Graphics card slot... seems a ridiculous location.

Looking at the prices you pay at Newegg... we don't half get stiffed over here for this kit... rip-off Britain is right!

Thanks for your suggestions so far... thay are helpful. Going to go through the DFI range now.
post #7 of 10
was that PSU 20 pin or 24 pin?
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post #8 of 10
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One other question... I see Karajan audio, Realtek, AC97, Audio-port, Soundblaster etc. Is anybody able to compare these?

The Yesico 550Watt (version2 with the thermostat control) has one of those 24 pin connectors... but can be used as 20 pin by not utilising a 4 pin block. Still has the 4 pin block for the 12V of course. Nice unit so far.
post #9 of 10
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Looking into this audio thing I realise what a great deal that GA-K8N51PVMT-9could have been for like £60. Had SATA II, the equivalent of a 6200TC built in and ALC880 sound.

Seems like that is the 'only' 6150 board available for purchase. The whole C51chipset on the 6150 side is very iffy at this point. MSI board disappeared, reported TV out problems with Foxconn etc. Albatron doesn't have the ALC880 and Gigabyte has reported Boot Up probs. And everyone's blaming everyone else. Can't make head or tail out of it.

If anyone knows different please post a 6150 board that works.

Eventually found this: MSI K8NGM2-FID S939 uATX GF6150+nForce 430 OnBoard VGA/DVI PCI-E SATAII USB2/1394 GbE Lan 7.1Ch Audio ALC880

Going to give it a try... can't find any reviews anywhere.
post #10 of 10
im curently usen a foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS, and i never had a problem with anything on this board, even the onboard video, tv out works fine, onboard audio isnt a sound blaster but it works well and is rather cool
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