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What is the best Motherboard/CPU combo???

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by Phill_1981, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. Phill_1981

    Phill_1981 Active Member

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    What is the best Motherboard/CPU combo for a new build HTPC???

    I just bought a nice Silverstone case (impulse buy) and want to fill it :thumbsup:
     
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    Well the 'best' would obviously be the most expensive since that will be the newest and the fastest, maybe you should give an idea of budget
     
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    Intel BOXD945GPMLKR

    Good luck getting hold of one though...
     
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    The best chip would be a recent socket 939 Athlon. However the best combo would be a recent Intel 775 chip with the latest available Intel chipsets (IMHO). While the Athlons hold the torch for superior gaming, Intel still has a lot to offer HTPC'ers. And in any case whatever your choice, there will only be a few percentage points in it performance wise, with stability being a major consideration, hence my vote for Intel. And before anyone thinks I an knocking Athlons, I am not. I just think for certain applications Intel takes the guesswork out of trying to find a stable CPU/mobo combo.:)
     
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    What intel combo could I get for about £200 +/- a bit?
     
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    Well I got impatient and ordered the following package...
    • Intel Pentium 4 630 3.0GHz Socket LGA775, 2MB, EM64T, BOXED w/fan
    • MSI 945P NEO2-F, I945P, Socket-775, ATX S-ATAII, GbLAN, DDR2, PCI-Ex16
    • TwinMOS DDR2 PC4300 1024MB Dual Pack KIT w/two matched DDR2 PC4300 512MB CL4

    Probably made the wrong choice, it came to £239.

    Also ordered a quiet PSU, now need to get myself a PCI-E Graphics Card and a DVD Writer.
     

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