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Micro ATX Motherboard suggestions

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by sted, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. sted

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    Can anyone suggest a Micro ATX motherboard with 3 PCI slots (preferably 1 PCI express) and digital audio out?
     
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    Which CPU support?
     
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    If you want Intel 478 take a look at the EQS M45P8-MLF. This is the most complete 478 MATX motherboard we've found for MCE. Has built-in video that works with MCE. co-ax digital out, bundled with S-Video/composite back panel, IDE and SATA-Raid, Firewire plus all the usual stuff.

    See bottom of this page for more info:
    http://shop.mediacomputers.co.uk/acatalog/Micro_ATX_Motherboards.html
     
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    happy with either CPU. thanks for the suggestion gigtek. i was a bit uncomfortable with the idea of only having 2 PCI slots as i envisaged 2 tv tuners and a PCI express graphics card (which i could upgrade in the future). that board may have won me over though :) any idea when it will be available?
     
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    D'oh - just realised i was looking at the wrong motherboard. Will the ATi Radeon 9200 be ok for media center 2005? I'm presuming you're involved with the website - if so, do you do any kind of bundle with a processor? Also, what are the usual delivery times?
     
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    Socket 939 - this one - retails for about £70, has S-Video on the main motherboard backplate, rather than on a separate bracket like the EQS/ECS with the Radeon chipset

    Socket 479 (Pentium M) :D :D - this one - retails for about £150

    Socket A - none with PCI_express slots that I'm aware of?
     
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    ATI Radeon 9200 is fine for up to 720p, haven't tried 1080i yet as don't have a large display at this resolution. Use ATIs latest drivers for MCE to ensure compatability. Delivery is normally 3/4 days from order. Don't have a bundle but processors are listed on the site. If money is tight the new 3.06 Celeron works very well, if not then any 478 P4 is fine. We get great performance from 2.8GHz P4s without producing too much heat.
     
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    hmm, a bit torn now. the MSI one is i guess more future proof with the pci express slot but the EQS one would save me some money if i don't have to buy a graphics card now. and then there's the cpu to consider - i'm presuming there wouldn't be a great deal of difference between an Intel and an AMD? decisions decisions . . .
     

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