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September 28, 2010 2:10:56 PM

Hi All;

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.

Thank you,

CB007
a b V Motherboard
September 28, 2010 2:30:07 PM

That board will output to HDMI.

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.

That it?
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September 28, 2010 2:59:07 PM

Excellent - thanks Wolygon! Can I post my entire build here or should I open a new thread? I'd like to see what you/forum thinks of it and maybe give me some other/different ideas.

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a b V Motherboard
September 28, 2010 3:36:11 PM

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.
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September 28, 2010 3:52:52 PM

Here is my proposed build. Thanks again Wolygon!

Antec Fusion Remote Black HTPC Case mATX 1X5.25 2X3.5INT No PS

with LCD Volume Control & Remote


Intel Core i3 530 Dual Core Processor Clarkdale LGA1156 2.93GHZ

Hyperthreading 4MB Cache


Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K2/4G PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-

1333 CL9 240PIN DIMM Memory Kit


Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard

Drive OEM


LG BH10LS30 Bluray Writer 10X BD-R 16X DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA


TP-Link TL-WN951N Wireless N Triple Antenna Network Adapter

Card 802.11B/G/N 2.4GHZ MIMO PCI


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM


Seasonic S12II 520W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC

80+ Bronze 6+8PIN PCI-E W/ 120MM Fan


Gigabyte H55M-USB3 mATX LGA1156 H55 DDR3 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 2PCI

HDMI Sound GBLAN USB3.0 Motherboard

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a b V Motherboard
September 28, 2010 8:41:53 PM

Ok your build looks nice though here are a few things.

The Samsung Spinpoint F1 is the old one, the F3 is the new one and is much better. It is shown here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope that helps.
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September 28, 2010 11:55:01 PM

Thanks again Wolygon!

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?

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September 29, 2010 4:13:43 AM

Heres a bit of an explanation:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...

Though I'd say the USB 3 will be fine as long as your not running big graphics cards. Therefore go with your USB 3 motherboard as it could be useful in the future.

Glad I can help. :) 
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September 30, 2010 12:14:45 AM

The Samsung Spinpoint F1 is the old one, the F3 is the new one and is much better. It is shown here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product DONE

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 :D 

Thanks for the input Wolygon. It took some extra time to research but I think it's paid off - I'll know next week.

CB007
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a b V Motherboard
September 30, 2010 2:17:07 AM

The Mushkins are very good.

Why did you decide to go with a graphics card?
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September 30, 2010 3:28:45 AM

ROTFLMAO at "The Mushkins are very good"! A bit gamey but with a bit of lemon and butter... :pt1cable: 

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.
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a b V Motherboard
September 30, 2010 4:02:26 AM

Its your call. Glad I could help, you will enjoy it.

:)  Have fun!
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September 30, 2010 6:04:12 AM

I'll let you know how it's working once I get it powered up and throw the Microsoft gremlins and beasties a welcoming party...woohoo :D 
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October 7, 2010 12:08:32 AM

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