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Spragleknas

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    PSU: NorthQ 350W (15A@12V)
    CPU: AMD64 3200+
    MB: Either Asus og MSI nForce430 (integrated 6150 graphics an HD sound)
    HDD: Seagate or Samsung 200-250GB
    TV-tuner: Haup. 500MCE
    DVD-RW: Probably NEC
    DRAM: 1 GB GEiL value (2x512)

    Info from nVidia
    The mobos grapics seems ok;
    MPEG-2/WMV9 Playback: high-definition (1080p/1080i)
    Video Scaling: high-quality (5x4)
    ... and
    nv_purevideo.jpg


    Specific MB from Asus
    ... and MSI

    Must be able to use 5.1 out on SPDIF - not sure which one to choose - both have the SPDIF as "optional".

    Anybody with recommendations?

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    SiLenTYL

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    hmmmm

    i missed the part with the graphics card

    i suggest an nvidia GF6600 GT 256MB(PCI-E)

    on-board graphics solutions are pretty useless in my opinion...they really dont have the features or the grunt that a HTPC needs
     

    Spragleknas

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    Well... take a look a nVidias homepage.
    The GeForce6150 is aimed at HTPC, I belive...
    More comments on the gfx is welcome
     

    Krazz

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    I have a Asus A8N-VM CSM (Link) which works fine. I'm not all done with all tweaking and stuff yet, but so far the graphics hasn't been any problem.

    The good parts with this board is that it is Socket 939, has VGA+DVI onboard, has TV-out (S-Video & Composite) onboard, and much more. It also has a PCI-E slot that makes it possible for you to add a "real" gfx-card if needed.
    What could be a limitation to some users would be the shortage of PCI-slots. Besides that I haven't found anything negative about this board.
     

    Spragleknas

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    Thank you for helpfull info.
    Are you satisfied with the on-board HD-sound?
    Did you get a SPDIF out (probably on a bracket)?
     

    stefpet

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    There is SPDIF out, however, the bracket must be bought separately (I got mine here) and is not included in the box (which is a pity). Same goes for the TV-out bracket.
     

    phpchris

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    I got the same processor and I can tell you it rocks ars*...

    The memory should be enough and let me recommend you to take the asus board.
     

    Krazz

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    Yeah, sadly, stefpet is right. This should be added to the negative list. Neither the SPdif nor the TV-Out brackets are included.

    I had a Asus SPdif bracket laying around and created my own TV-Out bracket though.

    As for testing the sound I can't really help you since I am not set up 100% yet. Further more I have a 7.1 system so I am using a Creative Audigy ZX Platinum Pro for my sound since it supports 7.1 digitally the whole way.
     

    fluxin

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    I have the ASUS A8N-VM CSM Also. It works great with a fusion5 card and a PCI-E ATI Theater 550 pro card. Using the purevideo drivers also. One thing, and this really really really makes me angry. The DVI output does not recognize some monitors. I built this computer to specifically connect to an infocus SP4805 projector. It does not recognize it at all. I had to buy a DVI Detective also to get it working after reboots. Before that I had to connect a monitor that is recognized by the board, and hot swap to the projector, which also meant no pixel mapping :( Look here
    http://vip.asus.com/forum/bbs_view....guage=en-us&topic_page=1&page_cnt=12&recc=118
    You can search all around about this issue, especially AVSForum
     

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