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biff May 10, 2012 11:15 AM

mobo/cpu for new HTPC?
 
I want to change out the mobo/cpu in my current HTPC. I was looking into doing this quite a while ago and wanted to go 100% passively cooled no moving parts. At the time I was looking using the Asus E35M1-Pro. My current case can fit a uATX and I want the card slots too so mITX is out. Looking to get back on theis project I noticed a few things that seem odd. 1.) stock of these seems to be drying up and some places that had it before don't even list it now. 2.) there doesn't seem to be any new products on this front, sure there's mITX but I think Asus is the only one that offers (an aging or EOL?) uATX version.

Is there a new platform for this type of setup that I'm not aware of? or did this type of product just bomb in the market not making it worth it for manufacturers to pursue it?

Thanks for any advice!
Ryan

Adzsask May 10, 2012 11:46 AM

Just grab an MATX board and a i3 2120T(35 watt CPU), easily cooled passively by a $30 air cooler without a fan, integrated HD2000 can play 1080p flash, and media files.

biff May 10, 2012 12:47 PM

This is why they pay you guys the big bucks! I looked at the i3 and passed it over pretty quickly because of the TDP rating - I wasn't aware of the 'T' series units. Much better. Thanks for the tip!

Adzsask May 10, 2012 01:12 PM

i5 2390T a 35 watt i5 :)

biff May 10, 2012 01:57 PM

That would be a waste for me. I only use it for movies/music. Problem is now I gotta take a crash course on the dozen different available chipsets on the mobos to figure out what I need. :doh:

Adzsask May 10, 2012 02:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biff (Post 628312)
That would be a waste for me. I only use it for movies/music. Problem is now I gotta take a crash course on the dozen different available chipsets on the mobos to figure out what I need. :doh:

I have used several H61 MATX, but it seems most people refer the H67 boards now.

richuwo11 May 10, 2012 06:04 PM

I just picked up an AMD 3870 and an ASUS FM1 board. Maybe take a look at FM1 socket and see if it meets your needs.


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