Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:46 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yes, another item, right away. I'm on the hunt for a mini-ITX motherboard for use in a living room HTPC, and considering there's so much choice out there, I'm a little confused. Then I realised I have you people to help me out, and, well, one thing led to another.
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It depends on the budget! :)
by vnangia on Mon 8th Aug 2011 03:40 UTC
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Hi Thom, it depends on your budget. Of late, on the high-end side, I've been recommending the Pentium G620T, a 35W part with a low-profile heatsink, and the MSI H61-E35. Total comes to about $160 here in the US, and it's a powerful enough machine that it should last at least a half-dozen years for basic video tasks. I personally have a i3-2100T and the Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3, and once I got past the idiotic "dual-BIOS" problems, it's been relatively stable and useful.

On the lower-end side, I've been recommending the Gigabyte GAD525TUD (~$90-$100 here in the US); ASRock makes the same thing, sells it for $30-40 less and calls it the AD525PV3; the choice is basically in ters of manufacturer reputation. This will do up to 720p stutter-free, but, beyond that, it's a crap shoot.

The AMD E350 may be a better choice, but I have no experience with it really; on the other hand, no one in my circle has complained about it. Foxconn makes one for a $100 (AHD1SK ... very punny) that I think meets your need for a VGA port.

SO: it really depends what your budget is. Chances are high you're going to have to shell out for new RAM, though, and depending on the age of the P4, possibly new drives as you switch over to SATA.

So I guess one may need to start with a budget and work backwards from there? Happy to help if you need any more questions - I am something of a mini-ITX fan, and have quite a number of mini-ITX machines around the house.

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