Which motherboard and case to chose, cheap?

Discussion in 'Mainboards / CPU / RAM' started by Kulle, April 1, 2006.

  1. Kulle

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    Hello,

    I have now oficially chunked my Shuttle ST62k, because it would not wake up from hibernate/standby when a recording was due.

    SO - now I have a Celeron 2,8Ghz CPU, 512MB Kingston RAM, 250GB IDE H and a PVR150mce TVcard lying around.

    I only need a cheap Motherboard that can use the Celeron processor and a nice case. What would you recommend?

    I would need SPDif output on the motherboard, and an ATI VGA integrated solution would be nice. Alternately I would just add a AGP or PCIexpres ATI card afterwards. If you can recommend the cheapest one around?

    ATI because I would like to use the VGA to RGB cable I have made for my 28" widescreen CRT TV :)



    I like the Silverstone cases, are they ok?

    Price is everything, and I would only use the computer to listen to music and record/watch TV :)

    Sincerely
     
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    i bought a coolermaster case which was quite nice, i had pulled my dell apart for it, but the case was too big for my entertainment unit, so i put it all back in the dell case...

    anyway...have a look at coolermaster...really nice for a HTPC setup
     
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    Are celerons really adequate for the amount of horsepower you need for a mediaportal box?
     
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    I also use the Enlight case with a Asus A8n-vm-csm (AMD) motherboard and think it's ok for the price. The included p/s is pretty quiet but the fans was a bit noisy so I added a Zalman Fanmate 2 to lower the speed.

    There is a review here: http://www.caseclosed.co.uk/review_enlight_7473.htm
     
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