When building an HTPC, most look to achieve the HD standard at a minimal cost, so to accommodate this we are seeing more motherboard manufacturers produce boards with onboard HD video and sound. Some have HDMI capabilities, which will also carry sound, and some choose to use DVI as the way to transport the HD digital image. With straight DVI, these motherboards must have an additional sound source onboard since, at this time, DVI is incapable of transferring sound by itself. We are also seeing two formats of motherboards that are equipped with the HD qualities, Micro-ATX and ATX. Micro- ATX allows for a smaller system case which will be more compact, whereas ATX will require a normal sized case and may not fit in most entertainment centers.
OCC Review: Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H Motherboard
Posted 06 August 2007 - 04:08 AM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz / ASUS P5Q Deluxe / Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9600 DDR2-1200MHz / 2x Seagate ST3160827AS 160GB RAID 1 / Seagate ST31000340AS 1TB
Corsair TX750W / Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 / SilverStone TJ05 / Scythe Zipang 140mm CPU Cooler / ASUS VH202T-P 20" widescreen monitor (x2) / XP Pro SP 3
"however, i cannot claim to be such a fish as i am not a fish at all..." - hardnrg,Jul 4 2005, 02:49 PM
Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:54 AM
i7 920 3.6GHz -Coolermaster V8
6GB DDR3 1600 OCZ - Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5
2GB XFX 5970 Black Edition - Corsair TX 750 (My Silencer broke) - OCZ RevoDrive 120GB SSD
2.32 TB HD Capacity - LG DVD Burner SATA - Lite-On Blu-Ray - Lian Li full tower
Dell Latitude e6400 - 14.1" LED - C2D P8400 2.26 - 4GB PC2-6400 - 64GB WD SSD - Quadro NVS 160M
Posted 06 August 2007 - 06:08 AM
Wait, so it has crossfire? So do you put in the second card in the orange slot and the rest of the card just kinda hangs out over that?
Processors: AMD Phenom 9600 BB, Intel Q6600, AMD Phenom 9900, Intel QX 9650, AMD FX 70 / Motherboards:Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6, Abit IP35, Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe, DFI P35 T2R, MSI K9A2 Platinum, Asus L1N64-SLI WS / RAM: Mushkin XP2 / Cases: Thermaltake: Xaser, Shark, Armor, Mozart TX, NZXT: Lexa / PSU: Mushkin, Thermaltake, Coolermaster, Ultra / Hard Drives: Seagate x 3, Maxtor, Western Digital