AMD HTPC Motherboard help

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  1. kyok11

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    I hope this is the right place to ask this. Please move it if not. Cheers

    I am looking at building a AMD based HTPC and not sure which motherboard to go with. I will be using parts left over from my old rigg. Will be putting them into a Silverstone LC13-E case so I can use an ATX board. Have been looking at the Gigabyte GA-MA78G-UD3H. My requirements is for the board to have HDMI and onboard graphics, though will be changing to a better GPU later on.

    Please let me know if you have had any experience with the GA-MA78G-DS3H, or if you recommend something else.

    Parts being reused:
    CPU: 5600+
    Ram: 4gig Team Xtreem Dark 1066
    HDD: WD 250gb & WD 1Tb
    DVB-T: Digital Now Dual
    PSU- SuperFlower 800w
     
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    kyok11

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    Thank you Apokalipse
     
  4. Mr Bubbles

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    These boards seem to be cheaper than the 790GX HD3300 boards. Is that because they don't have sideport memory? I realise the new HD4200 has a few improvements wrt video playback but do these new HD4200 chips do better or worse for gaming? Any HD4200 boards in the pipline have sideport memory?
     
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    I've also been interested to see some comparisons between 780/90 and 785.

    Found this:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-785g-chipset,2381.html

    Looking at the graphs here, the 785 was in fact slower for some of the tests :|
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-785g-chipset,2381-10.html

    Slightly better HD performance in the 785
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-785g-chipset,2381-13.html

    Their conclusion:
     
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    Gigabyte GA-MA785GPM-UD2H

    The P in the name indicated sideport.
     
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    the Radeon 3200 IGP (780G) is better than the 8100
     
  9. Mr Bubbles

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    795gx will be here in a few weeks
     
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    If you are going to add a seperate GPU later, I'd suggest getting an Nvidia chipset. Because, when you get the external GPU you can use the Hybrid Power feature of the chipset, which powers down the external GPU when it's not being used, allowing you to save power and lower system noise. AMD have a similar feature on their laptop chipsets, but not the desktop ones, for reasons only known to them.
     
  11. Mr Bubbles

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    I thought hybrid power doesn't work with the newer Nvidia cards. Or did I miss something?
     
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    Yeah I'm pretty sure nVidia have quietly canned hybrid power.
     
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