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Old April 21, 2009, 07:57 PM
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What is a good inexpensive motherboard to use with a nmedia 1000B micro-atx case? And yes...I will have to buy a cpu as well because all I have is a Pentium D820.

Just Looked at an Asus P5GC-MX1333 mobo that will work with my D820 cpu.

What do you think?

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Old April 21, 2009, 10:49 PM
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The gigabyte's are popular. I have a hard time recommending Asus since I've never been happy with any of their mobo's I've tried... though there is a wealth of happy customers so maybe I'm just unlucky.
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That is one old motherboard...

I'd get something with the G31 chipset if your looking for something affordable. Otherwise step it up to a G35. Or if you really want to spend money, G41 and G45. All are much more capable chipsets and then you can use basically any LGA775 CPU.
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gigabyte makes the best micro boards from what I've read.
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Old April 22, 2009, 11:38 AM
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They are good, not as sexy as Asus ...but still may be a better choice than Asus


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I'm absolutely loving my Gigabyte GA-MA78-S2H board with a BE-2350. If I had to do it again right now though I would probably get this

GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview - GA-E7AUM-DS2H (rev. 1.0)

Makes a great hackintosh board as well if you like that sorta thing.
The 9400 video does the proper voodoo with audio on blu-ray discs as well if you need that.
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Yeh I can understand why people still want asus stuff. Personally I don't care for them so much any more. Their website is 50/50 for drivers at times which for me is an important feature. Gigabyte really doesn't have website issues... at least i've never had any problem getting updates. TBH Gigabyte has really stepped up to the plate lately... really stable mobo's with very little hardware issues. They may not have a huge selection of stuff to pick from but the stuff they make is always quality.
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I'm absolutely loving my Gigabyte GA-MA78-S2H board with a BE-2350. .
I hated mine, used it as a htpc then pulled duty as my main for 2 months, worst over clocker mobo I ever had .

This Jetway JHA=07-ultra 790GX has been a good little clocker and runs cool, water on the CPU so not alot of airflow blowing on the mosfet and NB/SB.
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Thank's much for all the replys,I think that I may go with a GigaByte GA-G31M-ES2l because of the price and specs. I'm not looking for any overclocking monster rig or anything like that...just want a nice htpc that has good hd performance and good theatre sound and is realistic in price to build (with age you tend to become a cheap ass!).I'm currently running an Optiplex gx520 desktop with the Pentium D820,2 Gb 533 ddr2,160 Gb samsung sata2 hd and integrated graphics plus Phillips dvd ram drive.Not too bad but I think I need a bit more.

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Asus RMA is nightmare. Took me 4 months and twice shipping to California to RMA 3870x2 card. That is why I went Gigabyte this time. Screw them too..
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