It has to be A75, why go with legacy ports when more USB 3.0 hardware is becoming available?
This might be a dumb question, but here goes -
A few boards have a strange mixture of display connections. I could save a few dollars by getting a board that has at least HDMI on it if not optical output for audio, as that is how I get sound currently.
I now have an actual HDTV so it has optical out. Could I run HDMI from the HTPC up to the TV and then optical back down to the Home Theater in a Box and how would I control volume?
Must haves if I can use HDMI to HDMI and run the audio back out of the TV:
2 PCI ports -
I still use the VBox Cat's Eye 150 which has soldiered on since I first installed it back in late 2006. I also still use ATI/Visiontek 650HD which I feel produces a superior PQ over other tuners (especially with SD content) and its a shame for now AMD is out of the TV Tuner card business. I am trying to save money. I can find a few of the PCI Express versions of the 650HD on Ebay for about $35, which is a great price but as I said I rather not.
Budget really has no limit, but I rather not pay $100 just to get PCI slots, USB 3.0 and Digital Optical Out.
I would also like UEFI instead of the old standard Bios. As companies migrate to Windows 7 and get newer hardware, I want that experience instead of learning on the job.
I guess that cuts it down to Asus, ASRock, MSI and Biostar as Jetway (hard to find), Sapphire and Gigabyte all use the old bios, some with usable mouse (Gigabyte).
*According to the ECS webs site the A75's have UEFI. It must be an update, because a review has it using the old Bios and no overclock features. Also the rebate is back on, making this the best value in a A75 board. - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...erReviewsBlock
Review - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/27...5f-motherbaord
This is the motherboard I am considering - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
However I would like something down closer to the price of A55 boards if possible.
I really like this bundle from Biostar, only two in stock on Amazon, but get alot for your $105. - http://www.amazon.com/Biostar-HTPC-B...3602045&sr=8-7