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Don\'t know what mobo to purchase

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April 13, 2011 9:40:28 PM

I want a MB w/ optical input and output - preferable from the onboared sound card - i am building a HTPC witha moneual 930 case - intel is preferred. Don't mind spending$ to $$$

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April 14, 2011 3:49:34 AM

asantesoul said:
what processor are you looking to go with? I would recommend this setup for an HTPC... has specs your looking for and will allow you to use the integrated gpu on the chip

The two mentioned products will create a beastly HTPC...and, you won't need to rush out and get video card right, you save some money

An I-3 or an I-5 - and I was thinking of Win-7 home premium edition.

I would of course install a blueray player and a two or three gig HD.

Any recomendations regarding 32 bit or 64 bit?

my place has a cat 6 wired network as well as wireless and ther is a network drop close to the media center.

What video card would be best if I wanted to spend a bit more?

Other suggewtions? ram and so fourth.
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April 14, 2011 4:04:51 AM

hmm...perhaps get a the amount of ram you install in the computer will determine whether to use a 32 bit or 64 bit system..more than 3.4GB of ram requires a 64, I would say go with a 4gb kit for the board I mentioned:

If you decide to go with a video card I would recommend a GTX 550Ti or radeon 5770..that will suffice...check the links below

The above cards will do very well for you, and last some time
April 17, 2011 8:40:41 AM

u see u need to decide which cpu for sure u want to use cuz the new sandy bridge i series wont fit on the old 1156 pin boards there is one pin difference the new ones are 1155 and look into the new 1-5 or i-7 they're priced really well and still take names. as far as mobo's go i stick with asus or msi and yeah the 5770 radeon is well priced and has an hdmi port 4gb 1333 ram will be fine t go with 64 bit os but u might also want to look into the amd cpus like the phenom2 955 the am3 boards are less confusing cuz intel has 4 pin sets out right now just food for thought plus 955 is quad core at 3.2 ghz for 140 im using it now got it oc to 4ghz run fine
April 17, 2011 8:42:41 AM

ps look into running raid for your hds