Im new to custom PC building and am in the process of spec'ing/building a HTPC. Will the H55M-USB3 mobo output DD Live via HDMI? Also I read that this particular board has no onboard graphics. I'm planning on using an i3 processor. Are the Intel graphics decent or should I consider a separate video card or is there another option I haven't considered.
The board does not include onboard graphics, it has support for the IGP (integrated graphics processor) on the i3. You see intel has integrated the graphics onto the processor instead of putting it on the board.
For the a HTPC the IGP will be fine. So unless you want to do some gaming then just go with the IGP.
Generally new people won't read threads which already a a lot of posts, so if you want some good advice it would probably be best to start a new one. Though you could post it here for me to look at as HTPCs are pretty simple. So if your happy with my opinion just post it here but if you want a mass of knowledge then re post in the systems section.
Any how if you start a new thread post the link in this one. Glad I could help.
I've cut and pasted your post into notepad and will go over them in the next couple of days...btw, you note that the motherboard's USB3 are not good...in what way, and what do I need to pay attention to, to know if they're good or subpar?
With RAM I prefer to go with brands like Mushkin and G.Skill as I believe they are better yet still the same price. You can get some Mushkins for the same price as those kingstons though I;m not too sure where you're buying from. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product DONE - went with the Mushkin - about $12.00 less than Kingston
That PSU of yours is way overkill. A base line i3 system running IGP is know to run at around 50W idle and 100W load. With 380W you could even in the future chuck in a HD5770 if you needed to. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ntec%20380 KEPT - more hardware/peripherals to come in the future
I'm not too sure on the Wireless card, optical drive or case. Not really my area, though if you did a bit of research into it or know your stuff then I'm sure you picked well... KEPT
Your could also go with a bit cheaper board like the following for $80 though it does not support any USB 3 though the others USB3 is not very good anyway. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product KEPT - wanted specific Realtek codec that this board has
I also decided to order a video card - XFX Radeon HD 5670 1 Gig (a tad overkill for this build but significantly less money than the 512)
I've ordered it and shoud have it in 1 week
Thanks for the input Wolygon. It took some extra time to research but I think it's paid off - I'll know next week.
ROTFLMAO at "The Mushkins are very good"! A bit gamey but with a bit of lemon and butter...
Honestly, I was undecided to the last second about the graphics card and then I thought for a few dollars more, and, if and when I upgrade my AV receiver it has DD and DTS lossless support, and hopefully the video is a bit better than what's on the motherboard, it will be worth it.