Ideally i would prefer a i5 2500K build, i know its a bit over kill for HTPC, but, i would like to use the machine for some video editing, blu-ray ripping, encoding/transcoding. Very light gaming as well, i have already brought the i5 processor, i would like to get this build ready. Personally i think, i5 2500K is a good value for money, for general resource intensive use.
I am looking for an ideal motherboard that compliments my HTPC build. Soon i will be integrating a Norco 20 bay to this setup.
For the HTPC there are a couple of components that i have already brought.
Not sure if the this motherboard has all the bells and whistles that is required for a good HTPC setup. Again, i am not looking for OC'ing the setup, but i would definately like to have all the options that go on a motherboard that is ideal for a high-end HTPC setup. Is there anything better? Dont want to spend over 200 dollars on a M/B. I thought the above Asrock Extreme3 is a good good value for money with lots of features for both media and multimedia designing as well. Or should i go for a higher Asrock model, or Asus??
For a very minimal cost, i guess the extreme3 is still better than the one u mentioned above.
Guys, i am still lost, any advice from you will help. I think i am starting to lean towards Asus now. The more i read abt Asrock, the more i get to know that the board has atleast 30% trouble with bios, bsod etc.
How important is Gen3 for a mobo??