Once again, thanks for the input! It makes me feel more secure about getting it. I did not know that there was a later version of this board that corrected some of the early problems, so thanks for that info.
I have been waiting until a board like this one came around to build a HTPC. I want this to be as uncomplicated to use as possible. My wife has a huge problem with any kind of tech. So it has, HAS
to be easy to use.
Just to let you know I have built a couple of dozen systems over the years for myself and family and friends. So I am pretty well versed in trouble shooting and building. I can not remember the last time I actually called a tech support person. Besides, whatever the information they give you is usually wrong.
I will be using this to watch dvd/bd, tv, and store movies and music. I might not even hook this up to my network, since running a cat5 cable for it would be a major pain. And I hate wifi with a passion. It's way to slow for me, and just not secure enough. I will use a 1394/usb external HD for transfering any files I need to it. Or my 16 gb usb key.
Can I use this as just a stand alone HTPC without A internet connection?
I will not be using this as a gaming machine at all. I have a system built that fills all of my gaming needs on a 23 inch Samsung LCD. It has a i7 920 with a ATI 1g 4870, 650 gig WD HD and 4 gigs of ram.
I will be hooking it up to a Samsung 46 lcd tv that has 3 hdmi inputs and many others.
Here is the system I am thinking about building, Any input from the people here would be greatly appreciated.
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B Micro ATX Media Centerhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811204030
nMEDIAPC PRO-LCD Media Center Programmable LCDhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811996003
MSI Media Live DIVA 5.1 AM2+/AM2 AMD 780M HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130206
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 Interfacehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815116037
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supplyhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703017
AMD Phenom 9150E 1.8GHz Socket AM2+ 65W Quad-Core Processor Model HD9150ODGHBOX
I am thinking about using the stock cooler unless someone has a quieter/better cpu cooler in mindhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103287
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (maybe 2 of these as pure storage and not in a raid)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136317
LITE-ON Black BD-COMBO SATA Model ihes108-29http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106300
Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memoryhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220174
I will be using windows 7 rc 64 until I get the full version which I have already pre ordered.
I will also be using my Logitech 550 universal remote for controlling it. Will that work?
And is there any where to purchase a IR receiver for this system by it's self?
Thanks again for any input and for all your help!