Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




382 posts

Ultimate Geek


Topic # 81781 18-Apr-2011 15:19
Send private message

What is everyone's flava of the month intel motherboard for a w7mc.

onboard video for h.264 offload
optical out
hdmi would be nice

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
2584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 460264 18-Apr-2011 19:08
Send private message

I would have thought a current gen i5 with K processor would be a great option.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

241 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 460726 19-Apr-2011 23:50
Send private message

My board and cpu below works beautifully.  At the lower end and possibly superseeded now but does everything I need.  I've only got a 5.1 setup but it seems as if it will do all the HD audio formats too.  Even has a serial header which I presume will work with a Jaycar reader if needed (haven't been able to test it here in Dubai though)

 
 
 
 


555 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 60


  Reply # 460819 20-Apr-2011 09:45
Send private message

+1 on the above setup, I have exactly the same Motherboard/CPU. Plays Blu-ray perfectly too.

So, I would assume a 2nd generation Core i3 or Core i5 would be perfect.



382 posts

Ultimate Geek


  Reply # 460851 20-Apr-2011 10:28
Send private message

nice, motherboard isn't too exp either.

1332 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 152
Inactive user


  Reply # 462222 25-Apr-2011 17:10
Send private message

I just picked up the DH67CL for my new workstation. It has dual (DVI/HDMI) out, S/PDIF and integrated Intel HD graphics.

I am not sure how well you will do offloading graphics decoding to the integrated chip but I run Arch so don't follow Win7 development/graphics capabilities.

They just came back in stock to most NZ suppliers: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=782380

136 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 11


  Reply # 462231 25-Apr-2011 17:41
Send private message

@nety why would he need a k cpu? Who overclocks a media pc?

4025 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1076

Trusted

  Reply # 462245 25-Apr-2011 18:47
Send private message

neoprint: @nety why would he need a k cpu? Who overclocks a media pc?

in addition overclocking h67 would be fail too.

3361 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 379

Trusted

  Reply # 462266 25-Apr-2011 20:22
Send private message

You could have a look at the DH57JG motherboard. It's mini-ITX form factor so you could get a very small and discrete case but yet its still a socket 1156.





2584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 462339 26-Apr-2011 08:42
Send private message

neoprint: @nety why would he need a k cpu? Who overclocks a media pc?

I really need to check before I post. I was under the impression that the k had intergrated graphics while the non K did not. Turns out the k has the HD 3000 while the non K still has HD 2000. Although I know the K is targeted at overclocking it was the integrated graphics which I was suggesting it for.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

16 posts

Geek


  Reply # 462756 26-Apr-2011 21:25
Send private message

I'm using an Intel DH67BL-B3 with an i5 2500.

107 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 462939 27-Apr-2011 11:17
Send private message

neoprint: @nety why would he need a k cpu? Who overclocks a media pc?


The k series chips has the hd3000 gpu which is much better than the hd2000. Having said that though, I have just built an i3 2100 with one of these http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14585 and it runs fantastically well. I haven't tried a lot of 1080p content on it yet though.

I wouldn't bother with an i5 cpu in an htpc unless you plan on it doing a lot of encoding work as well



2584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 462948 27-Apr-2011 11:33
Send private message

eXDee:
neoprint: @nety why would he need a k cpu? Who overclocks a media pc?

in addition overclocking h67 would be fail too.


Do you mind explaining why overclocking the h67 would be fail? My understanding was that the i5 second gen was very good for overclocking?







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

1961 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 326

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 462950 27-Apr-2011 11:39
Send private message

Dont go intel intergrated if you want proper 24p playback.

http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/p/98723/521616.aspx





When you live your life on Twitter and Facebook, and are only friends with like minded people on Twitter and Facebook, you are not living in the real world. You are living in a narcissistic echo chamber.

 


My thoughts are my own and are in no way representative of my employer.


1961 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 326

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 462951 27-Apr-2011 11:40
Send private message

Nety:
eXDee:
neoprint: @nety why would he need a k cpu? Who overclocks a media pc?

in addition overclocking h67 would be fail too.


Do you mind explaining why overclocking the h67 would be fail? My understanding was that the i5 second gen was very good for overclocking?


I think he means - why would you need an overclocked CPU in a HTPC. I would have to agree as overclocking would just add more heat and not really add any benifits as HTPC isnt really CPU intensive.




When you live your life on Twitter and Facebook, and are only friends with like minded people on Twitter and Facebook, you are not living in the real world. You are living in a narcissistic echo chamber.

 


My thoughts are my own and are in no way representative of my employer.


107 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 462956 27-Apr-2011 11:52
Send private message

Nety:
eXDee:
neoprint: @nety why would he need a k cpu? Who overclocks a media pc?

in addition overclocking h67 would be fail too.


Do you mind explaining why overclocking the h67 would be fail? My understanding was that the i5 second gen was very good for overclocking?


i5 k series is good for overclocking. But H67 chipset doesn't support any overclocking.

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces new 8th Generation processors
Posted 21-Aug-2017 19:02


Trend Micro launches Home Network Security
Posted 21-Aug-2017 18:38


Avondale College students at top of Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship
Posted 21-Aug-2017 14:11


Garmin introduces inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+
Posted 21-Aug-2017 14:05


Public Wi-Fi plus cloud file sharing
Posted 18-Aug-2017 11:20


D-Link NZ launches professional Wireless AC Wave 2 Access Point for businesses
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:25


Garmin introduces the Rino 700 five-watt two-way handheld radio
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:04


Garmin announces the Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition for outdoor and tactical use
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:02


Brightstar announces new distribution partnership with Samsung Knox platform in Australia
Posted 17-Aug-2017 17:07


Free gig-enabled WiFi network extends across Dunedin
Posted 17-Aug-2017 17:04


Samsung expands with connect Gear S3 Frontier
Posted 17-Aug-2017 15:55


Fact-checking Southern Cross Next cable is fastest to USA
Posted 17-Aug-2017 13:57


Thurrott says Microsoft Surface is dead last for reliability
Posted 16-Aug-2017 15:19


LibreOffice 5.4 works better with Microsoft Office files
Posted 16-Aug-2017 13:32


Certus launches Cognition
Posted 14-Aug-2017 09:31



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.