you might want to consider holding out for a 780gx with a 750 southbridge
I've read that the 780gx has better graphics than the 780g chipset, but are there other differences, such as imporved HDMI support? I can wait if there is a significant improvement for my needs, but I've been searching for release dates and it seems it still may be a few months away, and then there'll be more waiting for test results to come in and for the drivers to mature a bit.
It's not the 780GX, it's the 790GX, with the HD3300 video graphics. Better than 780G, but by how ? Gigabyte show the board with a 790GX at Computex, so it should not take too many times it hit the stores.
By the way the 790GX will do crossfire, not sure if you really need it. the 750 southbridge bring raid 5 support, do you need it also ?
the 780G support HDMI, DVI-D and VGA, on the gigabyte board, all output are on the back panel.
For the processor, the 9100e is a 65W quad core, dunno when it will be released on market. And FYI groo, the GA-MA78GM-S2H is the one of the few 780G who supports the 9850. Go to anandtech and make a search with 780G.
About those IDE drives. Hope you don't mean a IDE Hard Drive too. And if it does don't get it. Get a Sata 3gb/s drive
I have a a few Seagate 200GB PATA drives in the old PC. Seems like a shame to waste them. Too small to put in a USB enclosure for backup, but 200GB is enough space for the system drive.
I can't see how this will slow down Lightroom or watching movies on an LCD TV via the HDMI.
The Phenom is a nice selection for a low budget Quad Core in the OPs price range, Especially due to the nice 780G chipset. However, the terming of "Decent Power" or "Low Wattage" as odd since it's really neigher. But it is the cheapest quad solution and he would want a quad solution for what he is doing.
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I have two PC's to upgrade so this one will be the HTPC rig and I'll use it for Lightroom until I upgrade PC #2 later this summer. That will be a Quad processor machine, Intel if AMD doesn't get their act together on the medium to high end.
The primary hard drive will be a Seagate 200GB PATA.
Any idea is this system will be able to play x.264 1080P?