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Which Motherboard ?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by richjthorpe, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. richjthorpe

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    Hi guys,

    Looking for a Mobo for a HTPC set up. I'm trying to build my HTPC around an AMD Sempron 2800+ Socket 754 reasoning being so when the CPU prices start coming down, I can upgrade to an Athlon 64 3k+ without having to change the Mobo. Here are the requirements.....

    AMD Socket 754
    Capable of 64bit CPUs
    Full ATX to get as many PCI slots
    Onboard VGA
    Onboard SPDIF for 5.1 sound
    Less than 50 quid

    I've been looking at a Gigabyte mATX but the graphics card I'm looking to buy in a few months is the Gigabyte 6600GT Silent Pipe and the heat sink on this will take up a PCI slot too.

    Any suggestions ?

    Richie.
     
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    Mods, can you move this to the main PC forum.

    Cheers,

    Richie.
     
  3. OneEleven

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    There's only one motherboard I know of that is full ATX and has onboard video which is THIS ONE
    It's socket 939 though. There's a uATX Socket 754 version of the board though. The onboard graphics have TV out if you need it and are on the MCE approved list
     
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    mid to late 2006 is still 12 month away...socket 478 is still surprising popular...

    There are reasons for choosing socket 939 over 754 - none are specifically down to longevity.
    S754 boards are cheaper though and the CPU's very much cheaper than the cheapest S939 (£50 Vs £100) and there are some decent cheap solutions out there that will keep you ticking along nicely.
     
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    This is my reasoning. I'll be looking to buy the parts before xmas (More than likely Novemeber). By the time S754 gets phased out in another 12 months, there will be plenty of higher specced chips for around the same price I would get the Sempron 2800+ now which would last me for another 12-18 months. I don't really care about getting the latest processor and spending hundreds of pounds on it, in fact I want the cheapest, quickest solution that will give me a decent HTPC !

    Thanks,

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    If you're thinking about ditching the stock cooler then OEM (chip only) S939 3000+ can be had for about £80 if that's any use.
     
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    Wondered why you've named yourself OneEleven then I saw your Avatar ! Nice.

    Trying to keep the components below 50 quid a piece. We're expecting our second child in January so the HTPC isn't exactly on top of the agenda :D Thanks for the find though.

    Richie.
     
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    :thumbsup: Congrats
     

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