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Should I replace my Mobo with something new or the same piece I have?

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I have to order a new Mobo, because of a liquid spill that shorted out the current unit (Asrock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU).

I had no issues with the motherboard, so I was just going to order another one, but then I started thinking. Can I do the job w/o a decrease in performance for less than $100?

I have a basic build (Win 8 Pro, Seagate 2TB 5900 RPM HD, 2 2GB DDR, LG Blu Ray Drive). The HTPC is mainly used for viewing Blu Ray discs/.mkv files thru XBMC. I do not use it for DVR or gaming.


If you were in my shoes, what mobo would you put back in your HTPC?


Thank you,
post #2 of 4
Intel G1610 + Asrock B75M-GL for a buck or two over 100, assuming you have an mATX case. Vastly faster than an 350 APU.
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Thread Starter 
I have the following case:


SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Is the I3 worth the extra cost of the basic Intel CPU?
Edited by slosvt - 2/2/13 at 1:42pm
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Tiddles,

How much difference would I see in using the Intel G620 + Intel boxdh67blb3 vs. your suggestion. I looked at the I3 but that would run more than I wanted to spend at this time.

Thank you,
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