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I am currently looking for a Micro ATX board for a home theater/ my wifes picture editing pc. I want onboard graphics and DDR3

is anyone out there using a nice combo like this at a reasonable price?
Im not sure good brands, I'm familiar with MSI and see alot around the $79 price point but cant make out what differentiates them

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 9
Where you located?
If you have a Microcenter around you, they have a nice Athlon II x4 640 with a AM3 785g board combo that would work for less than $100.

edit: Hmm, looks like the 785g bundle for $95 is an AM2+/AM3 board. These change every few weeks, so keep an eye if you have one around. I got a x2 250 and an AM3 785g MSI board for $62 AR.
Edited by blupupher - 2/4/11 at 12:23pm
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post #3 of 9
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Will these boards support DDR3 though? I have sticks in my sig rig I will be needing to pass down to the media center pc
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post #4 of 9
AM3 boards are DDR3, AM2+/AM3 boards are DDR2.

That's what I was saying in my edit- the $95 deal was for a board that uses DDR2 (the 785g board, the other 2 are not real good onboard video).

Do you have a MC nearby? Some boards are free (or almost) with a CPU, but they are not all listed in the link.
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post #5 of 9
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Sadly no, I live in Oregon, I will be buying all my parts from Newegg.
I was looking into that MSI 785G mATX board, I really like it but cant find the specific one that takes DDR3 on Newegg, the only ones I could find were AM2+/AM3
Edited by Chopxsticks - 2/4/11 at 5:36pm
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post #6 of 9
Any of THESE MSi boards will work.
The 880g chipset is the updated of the 785g (performes a touch better). They do start around $80 though.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130293

So this board is pretty much the same price as the DDR2 board I was looking at. Newegg shipping is crazy, so the one I wanted was $15 shipping, thank you sir for finding me the better board for the same price!
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post #8 of 9
If you don't mind doing MIR, this is a bit of a better board (has 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back, SB850, 2 PCI-e x1 and 6 SATA 6Gb/s) for the same price after the rebate.
Just a little more future proof.
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Originally Posted by epic1337 View Post
noooo, stay away from ati when it comes to htpc. i`m not being an intel fanboy but really, if you want a good-good htpc its either atom or the celeron e3300, google it, its about as fast as a c2d and it only uses 20watts.

for the video card, hd5550(hd5450 will be grinding hard so get some headroom) or gt430, i lean on nvidia because they pass hdmi audio without connectors and they have the future 3d output.

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70$(ouch) termaltake lanbox(aint it cute?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133045

50$ celeron ftw(its a god**** c2d for crist sake, they just took out 2mb of cache) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-264-_-Product
reviews : http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...0_8.html#sect0
(ati seems to eat a buttload of power compared to intel, thats why i lean to it)

60$ motherboard(you can pick anything but i preffer those mobos that has ddr3, less power consumption and more headroom for OC, well, if you plan to) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131650
(you have an option between ddr2 and ddr3 on this mobo.)

50-70$ GPU(its either these two and dont go below, because you`d suffer when playing high-res and with those eye-candy enchancement, it doesnt hurt to give a headroom but it freakin hurts when you put overkill parts on it. ex: gtx570) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-397-_-Product or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...407R-_-Product

46$ ram (2x2gb is more than enough) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104206
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sums up to around 300$, tho lacks the blue-ray room and a couple of harddisks, if you change the case then you get it more cheaper.
its not a combo but.... this.
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