Solved

Best motherboard/CPU combo for media center capabilities/MKV play back

Hey, which combo will be the best as a replacement for my aging mobo? I want my budget to be a max of around $200. I have these two in mind:

Option # 1:
https://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=17255526
A mobo/CPU combo plus memory

Option # 2:
http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16006365
Intel Celeron (Dual core), memory, mobo and cooler

Option # 3:
Something that you recommend?

Thanks so much for the help.
5 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about best motherboard combo media center capabilities play back
  1. Do you have a video card? Your case can take an ATX motherboard?

    You can get this

    GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128458
    AMD Athlon II X2 255
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103896
    Team Elite 4GB
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313072

    The mobo has onboard video.
  2. Hey, thanks for the reply. No I do not have a graphics card (well, I do but it's olddd), that's why having video on the mobo is a must. What you linked me to sounds great, how about if I replace the Athlon X2 by X4? So something like this:

    http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12907514

    Or possibly if I go with intel something like this:

    http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12907434

    Again, I'm trying to save as much money as possible but for something that can play 1080P, be 'future-proof' for the next few years at least, and if by any chance it can play games then even better (but this isn't a must as i have another PC for that).
  3. Best answer
    You can get an Athlon II X3 as well, it's more than enough for your needs, it can play games too.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886&cm_re=Athlon_II_X3-_-19-103-886-_-Product
    Get a 1.5V 2x2G RAM kit they're tested to work together in dual channel.

    Futureproof would be this AM3+ socket mobo, it can take the new AMD CPUs (Bulldozer) to be released in June. Also SATA3 and USB 3.0.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128490

    It's says it's an ATX mobo but from the dimensions and a comment in there it's a mATX mobo.
  4. Thanks for the help. I went to a local computer store and they had Athlon II X2 260 on sale so I picked that up with a Gigabyte motherboard and 4GB of memory. Working great so far :D!

    Thanks.
  5. Best answer selected by fb767.
Ask a new question

Read More

Asus Media Center CPUs Motherboards