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

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May 2, 2011 4:10:56 AM

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.asp...
A mobo/CPU combo plus memory

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

Option # 3:
Something that you recommend?

Thanks so much for the help.

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May 2, 2011 6:35:33 PM

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?...

Or possibly if I go with intel something like this:

http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?...

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).
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May 2, 2011 8:45:20 PM

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=N82E1681...
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=N82E1681...

It's says it's an ATX mobo but from the dimensions and a comment in there it's a mATX mobo.
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May 6, 2011 8:29:20 PM

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 !

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May 16, 2011 12:37:00 AM

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