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    Hi all

    Building a digital home server to store all of my DVD's, mp3's, recorder TV etc on and need the ideal MOBO for it, any suggestions?

    Gonna need lots of HDD SATA connections and im not at all bothered about SLI etc.

    I do need...
    PCIe 1x expansion slot, at least one
    Socket 939 with up to 4gb RAM
    Lots of USB ports
    ATX size
    At least 4x SATAII 3.0 with RAID ports

    Whats ur best then

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    There is a good list at [H] forum...

    Although if I post the link some moderator may remove it...

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    4gb ram??? for home theater geez, you supplying your entire street to? i'll take a look thers a few good parts out there ideal for HTPC's i'll go back look em up
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    oh yea forgot to post, what size you lookig at?

    ATX? mATX? ITX? smaller???
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    Quote Originally Posted by MD_Willington
    There is a good list at [H] forum...

    Although if I post the link some moderator may remove it...
    I'm 99.9% sure you can post the link. To my knowledge, daily tech was only censored because of a spamming incident, causing such links to be blacklisted.
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    For general mATX with great OC'ing options and SPDIF out the Biostar T-Force series is apparently good.

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    what do u need a PCI-E x1 slot ??

    what cards are there availible for PCI-E (cept gfx ..)
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    a htpc dont really demand that much joice
    but hd speed is good so you're sure that when you record it dont drop frames
    i cant use a skeleton arm with that!<BR>p.s. i fight crime for beer <BR>hhhmm ok i may be a jerk but i'm a jedi jerk like my father was before me :P

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    dual core proc

    4gb ram - why

    win xp can only use 3gb max (MCE being windows XP MCE just to clarify)

    even then you prolly dont need all that, 2gb will prolly suffice

    what sized board are you looking for ? IE what case are you getting ?

    finally, i still dont get why u want a PCI-E x1 slot ...
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    if i were to build a htpc i would just get a midrange
    shuttle and single core mid range cpu
    2GB ram
    some ok fast but not raptors or anything
    dvd burning of cause

    it's small and unless you are streeming the channels over wifi or something
    or realtime encode HTDV :P
    or something like that
    it's kinda overkill

    a htpc can be compared to a fileserver where the input is from others then users...
    i cant use a skeleton arm with that!<BR>p.s. i fight crime for beer <BR>hhhmm ok i may be a jerk but i'm a jedi jerk like my father was before me :P

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    i would go dual core

    if your watching TV/music and recording off air, and serving other users, it could become bogged down easy
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    Default Re: HTPC best MOBO

    you may be right
    if you want to record and do other things at once

    i had my linux file/proxy server running as kinda HTPC for ages
    of cause i dident record with it
    but used it's tvcard, played dvd's listened to mp3's but never tried to at once
    mainly because i had no reason to
    and it had a celeron 300A and 128MB ram
    it had no problems performing any of those tasks
    but again i dident record or do many things at once
    unless you count the server functions
    i cant use a skeleton arm with that!<BR>p.s. i fight crime for beer <BR>hhhmm ok i may be a jerk but i'm a jedi jerk like my father was before me :P

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    PCIe 1x for a terratec 2400i Dual digital tuner! Its sweet and MCE compatible! Think im gonna go for an asus a8n-SLI Premium, just so Im future proof with a x2 4400
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    MSI K8NGM2-L was listed on [H] Built a few..i like it, comes with a D bracket for Audio, component etc and has VGA and DVI built on.

    Sold a few and they seem to be a decent board.

    FYI you dont need that asus board for dual core, any 939 board will take a dual core.
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    Default Re: HTPC best MOBO

    not if its a via k8t890 pro or something like that
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    Yeah, the K8T890 boards have sketchy dual core support. The early revisions wont take 'em, but they apparently un-borked it in the later ones. nForce 4 chippysets are better anyway.
    Wilson: Ah yes, if it isn't Dr. Ironside.

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