Recomendation for the best Micro ATX Motherboard with Onboard Graphics


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I have just ordered Windows 7 and intend building my own HTPC.
I am looking for the latest Micro ATX M/Board that outputs HDMI 1.3 as a base to build on.

The Gigabyte's GA-MA78GM-S2H looks good but is there anything out there that is better than this? I will be streaming to it from my WHS via a gigabyte lan. Any advise will be greatfully received.

Thanks in advance.


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If you are going to be using Wndows 7 I would definitely recommend going for a 785G based mobo rather than a 780G - which is much longer in the tooth. The newer chipset boasts HDMI1.3 vs. 1.2 for the 780, DirectX 10.1 support and so on.

Note however that neither chipset supports eight-channel LPCM audio over HDMI. So if you were thinking of software decoded Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD MA, think again! Standard Dolby Digital/DTS will be fine though.

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