Hi guys. I've been out of the game for awhile (I guess the systems I built myself are still good enough after 2-3 years ). Anyway, my brother is asking for help designing his first home built system. Yay! He does a lot of video editing, and recently upgraded to a camera that shoots in 1080p. He wants to get as much power for the money as he can, so he is reusing his MicroATX case. He also wants onboard 1394.
Depreciated parts (later use in server or sell or trash):
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Barton (AXDA2600DKV4D)
Memory: Crucial 512MB DDR 333 (CT6464Z33)
Motherboard: BIOSTAR nForce2 Micro ATX (M7NCG-400)
Power supply: ENERMAX Noisetaker 370W ATX (EG375P-VE-SFMA)
Case: MicroATX Mini Tower (AMS CF-1089BK)
Display: 25" 1920x1080 LCD
Storage: 160GB 7200RPM WD1600JB, also has big external drives
Optical: DVD burner
I recommended the video card before realizing that AMD boards pretty much all have decent onboard video nowdays (capable of playing back 1080p video). Also, since AMD owns ATI, maybe we should have gone with an ATI card? Oops, at least he'll be able to utilize CUDA with the nvidia card.
ANYWAY, now he just needs a motherboard and capable power supply. The parts listed below seem good to me, do you all agree, or do you have other recommendations?
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H MicroATX, 880G, 1394, USB3, SATA3, eSATA.
The onboard card and CrossfireX Hybrid stuff seem pointless to me... and dual PCIe2x16 ports seem like overkill for him since he says he won't be gaming on it. I want to find a cheaper board with 1394 & MicroATX that will allow his CPU and Memory to work to their full potential. We also don't want to **** around with boards that might need their BIOS flashed to boot with the 1055t.
I think the motherboard you've chosen is the best available that fits your needs. Lesser boards will sacrifice some of the goodies, and only the 8xx series chipsets are guaranteed to work out of the box with the Thubans.
Everything looks good to me. You could save a little by going with a lower power PSU, but not much and keep the quality. I say go for it.
BTW, Nvidia works just fine on AMD/ATI boards. Tom's did a comparison long ago to see if there was any penalty and there isn't.