I am currently in the process of building a cheap-ish HTPC. I currently have a CPU and a Graphics Card, and was debating on what motherboard and case to get. I have built PC's in the past, but the last time I got my hands dirty, RD RAM was the best around, so it's been a while. I don't really understand the CrossfireX capabilities of the video card, can I use it in conjunction with an on-board Video Card? (Is that something I would want to do?).
Thanks so much for the quick response.
Between that board you pointed out, and this board that I just saw on sale, do you know if there would be a difference? The thing I'm not sure about is the CrossfireX... is this even worth fretting over? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No worries about HD's and RAM, I have spares, and I feel like rarely do you get compatibility issues with them.
Oh, and I forgot to ask, Power supply. I know that my CPU is a bit of a power-hog (125W), but with everything else, and taking noise into consideration, what size CPU do you think would be best? I was originally thinking 400/450W, but now I'm thinking that might be too small.
I wouldn't worry about Crossfire for a HTPC. It doesn't take much graphics power to display HD video. In fact, the onboard GPU on the 785G is plenty for 1080p HD content. I don't suppose you can return your GPU and just use the onboard video? Here's a slightly cheaper motherboard that doesn't have onboard video, but it doesn't have any good combo deals.