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How's this mobo for a budget HTPC?

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a b V Motherboard
December 12, 2010 3:27:07 AM

GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Anyone have any better suggestion of a matx mobo under $80?

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a b V Motherboard
December 12, 2010 11:23:25 AM

That's a pretty good mobo already, since it's a mATX motherboard, and its onboard GPU can handle DXVA acceleration of the common video formats like H.264. Now go get a HTPC case and complete that setup. :) 
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December 13, 2010 3:43:46 AM

How's this one.Although it uses DDR2 RAM and a AM2+ motherboard this one is fully feature rich with a router card (no kidding),an infrared remote control and IR detector.
Don't be turned off by using DDR 2 especially DDR2 1066 because the performance difference is not that much less than DDR3.
I have this board and love it (using a Phenom X3 740 BE on it).
It's really ideal to put a Digital TV Tuner in it as well if your using Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Media Center Edition.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b V Motherboard
December 17, 2010 5:01:13 PM

Is it able to handle Blu Ray though?
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a b V Motherboard
December 17, 2010 5:20:14 PM

785G handles blu-ray easily.
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a b V Motherboard
December 17, 2010 8:56:37 PM

Great. I don't know what to do with the GT 240 I have then...
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December 18, 2010 5:43:55 AM

You could put the GT 240 on that motherboard that I suggested for gaming needs
(Has a slot for using a discrete card instead).
Besides it's a lot more potent than the on board IGP (although as an IGP it's good for light or older gaming).
Here is the graphics card hierarchy chart.The motherboard uses the Radeon HD 4200 so on the chart it would be listed as Integrated HD4200.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...

Yes, like the previous poster said those 785G boards work excellent with Blu-Ray drives.
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a b V Motherboard
December 19, 2010 11:42:22 PM

the gigabyte board was having a rebate so I asked you guys :p  it was like 20$ rebate I think
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December 20, 2010 2:32:50 AM

Well if it comes with a $20 rebate driving the price down further then it's a great deal.
It's essentially a modernized DDR 3 version of the older GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard which is a great board ( I have 2 of those too).

I say go for it.
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