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hey guys, just finally made an account here and looks like there's tons of info on the forums..

I know overclocking seems like what goes on mostly here but i'm looking to build an HTPC with my roommate as well as a nice LCD TV or possibly even projector.

I just need some help with what kind of motherboard to go with, my friend and I are thinking PicoITX, any suggestions or experience with motherboards you have used?
 

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PicoITX mobos don't have good onboard video nor room for a TV Tuner.

What are your criteria? Is size or cost that important to you? The smallest I would go is mITX but it will limit your options and add $60 to the price of a mATX.

The chipsets of choice are the ATI 780G or NVIDIA 9400. Intel has the P45 but support isn't as good as the other two.
 

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The intel G35 boards are pretty good, DFI Lanparty something is a pretty good mobo too but newegg isnt loading on my schools computers..
 

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Originally Posted by mst3k View Post
Newegg just had an article about an HTPC building competition they ran, don't know if you've seen it.

http://promotions.newegg.com/NEPro/P...%2f620X130.jpg
Yea I saw that, I'd rather put the parts together myself.

I forgot to add that I need HDMI output, and also Gigabit ethernet.. everything is going to be run from our fileserver (movies/music/etc.) over a gigabit network..

thanks for replies,


EDIT: I think I found a good one!!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813141013
 

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Originally Posted by dcshoejake View Post
The intel G35 boards are pretty good, DFI Lanparty something is a pretty good mobo too but newegg isnt loading on my schools computers..

G35 are MUCH weaker than the 780G and 9400. They also do not support hardware acceleration of the newer codecs for BluRay.

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Originally Posted by Ricoh86 View Post
Yea I saw that, I'd rather put the parts together myself.

I forgot to add that I need HDMI output, and also Gigabit ethernet.. everything is going to be run from our fileserver (movies/music/etc.) over a gigabit network..

thanks for replies,

Almost all 780G and 9400 mobos have Gb LAN and all have HDMI.
 

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I recommend either a 780G, 790GX or 9400. The 780G is your standard HTPC board with an IGP capable of blu-ray playback and HDMI output. The 790GX is a combination of the 780G and 790FX (basically just an updated southbridge amongst a few other little things). The 780G and 790GX are both AMD based boards.

The 9400 is Nvidia's newest answer to AMD/ATIs IGP motherboards.

Here are some options/recommendations:

780G

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128341 - GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-DS2H

Basic run of the mill 780G board w/128MB Sideport memory. Perfect little board for just an HTPC. Pretty much any of the 780Gs are the same, but a lot of people opt for the Gigabytes.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130212 - MSI Media Live DIVA w/7.1 pre-amp

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130206 - MSI Media Live DIVA w/ 5.1 pre-amp

Both of those have amazing sound capabilities if hooking up to a nice home theater system.

790GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136056 - DFI LP JR 790GX-M2RS

A little bit more high end, more suited for if going to be gaming on it as well.

9400
DFI GF9400-T2RS - Just launched utilizing the new 9400 chipset. Supposed to be good but not readily available yet.
 
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