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|01-24-2013 09:23 PM|
I think you are forgetting how quickly things change. I dont remember precisely but here are some of the things that made me upgrade along the years.
1) my first mobo was an ASUS nforce matx board with a pvr-350 for tv out (composite)
2) upgraded to an MSI nforce 2 board when sata came out plus needed USB2 which the earlier ones didnt have.
3) upgraded when pci-e became the norm to a low power be 2300 based system
4) upgraded when the winfast mobo died and a replacement soc 939 boards were scarce
( i would have done this any ways as i wanted esata / gigabit lan etc) still dont have USB3.
My graphics upgrades were ,
component out from a pvr-350 > geforce ti as there was no UI rendering > matrox g550 (the gold standard in TV output) > Ati x800xl (DVI) > Ati HD3600 (low power hardware based decoding+HDMI) > ATI 6870 (as the 3600 would struggle with some codecs)
My sound upgrades were ,
turtle beach SC > nforce hardware DolbyDigital > M-audio 7.1 > ATI graphics card based audio chipset
I dont even want to get in to talking about the TV tuner cards as they changed so much over the years.
BTW I dont really game but I have a desktop which I have to upgrade every two years because I do cpu intensive work.
If you think things dont change for 4-5 years then props to you, you ll save a lot of money. No one can really say what technologies will remain relevant and what will undergo radical transformation.
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|01-24-2013 03:11 PM|
2 x SATA 3 + 4 x SATA 2 ports + Core i3 3255 from Microcenter (if you have one near)
Microcenter does not have that particular board but you could get one with 4 sata ports and just put in a PCI-E SATA adapter for more ports and get the $40 off motherboard.
|01-24-2013 03:00 PM|
I ve had my HTPC in some form since 2002 Ive done atleast 4 major upgrades over the years apart from smaller upgrades like graphics, sound and TV tuners. The only thing that has remained a constant is the case and Seasonic PSU (running 24/7 since 2002)
I am not saying your HTPC will stop being useful, its just that there will be components or methods that will do things way better.
|01-24-2013 02:37 PM|
|kevlar3d||I was thinking about this for a WHS (2011) , for plex and a nas (all in one). I was considering this motherboard because it is a 1.8 atom with 6 sata ports. Then I noticed that the ports are only 3.0 Gb/s so I think I am back to the drawing board. Anyone have any thoughts on a beefy board to put in there for my purpose? I am hoping to transcode 1080p so it really needs to have a decent processor.|
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|01-24-2013 11:37 AM|
This was really nice looking and almost bit, then I realized I don't need a discrete Box for my NAS. That I could get away with a mid-tower case and save some money.
I hate myself for realizing this because its a really neat case. If was going to park the NAS in the open or was tight on space, I would get it.
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|Tnyc||what do you guys think of this totally fanless case with fanless external power supply? It's expensive i know. But it's cutting-edge and I dont want any fan or noise from my next system. Should be ok using the up coming Intel lower power processors with low TDP right?|
|01-24-2013 06:34 AM|
Optical drives are slow, old, and crappy... I use network storage and flash drives now. I have a USB CD/DVD drive only so I can copy whatever CD's I'm forced to use into a digital format.
|01-24-2013 06:32 AM|
|sheltem||I had my heart set on the Fractal Design Node 304, but this price is damn good!|
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