Originally Posted by ZESUIT
I have contacted Gigabyte but have not heard back from them and I been doing some thinking that I might just get a board with coax and optial out only since that adapter seem to be widely avaiable and just use the rca L/R audio analog out from my sat receiver becasue there very few shows that does digital anyhow and I am not really missing out anything.
So back to hunting for a board I am all ear to any recommandtion on what board but I still want to stick with Core 2 Duo and Intel Chipset.
I wasn't aware that newer nvidia run cooler now and I will have to check that out. Thanks for sharing that information with me!
I finally heard back from Gigabyte on that spdif in / out adapter and they said it not avaiable in the USA until late Nov.
I probably just worry about getting a motherboard with digital out only now instead of both in/out or mofitiy an out only adapter to work on that gigiabyte board and use just the digital out.
I have narrow down to several selections of motherboard to choose from.
I am leaning toward to INTEL DG965OT motherboard now since it already have a optial audio digital out in the rear and I wouldn't need to find an adapter for it or waste a slot for the adapter on the case.
I just realized that gigabyte motherboard I wanted have a odd way of putting in thier pci-express slot which the x16 is on top and x1 is on bottom and the 2 pci is in between it which I think is not good at all if the pci express graphic card with it oversize heatsink or fan needing the extra room and I am already planning on using up the 2 standard pci slots for 2 different tuners one is a analog and second is a hdtv tuner. and I would need the empty slot to put in the spdif out adpater as well too.
I went over to gigabyte website and checked out that silent 7600GT someone posted earlier and the spec on it is real nice but it take up 2 slots which something I cannot give up a slot for since I am doing this in micro atx and I need all the slots so I did some searching and found one other card that seem promising is the ASUS EN7600GS which is also silent fan-less card and only use one slot.
Have anyone experienced the ASUS EN7600GS graphic card and can tell me if that heatsink thickness on the card is not too thick that it stay within it own slot space?
I know that it shouldn't be a problem becasue on some motherboard the x16 and x1 are next to each other that the video card would only takeover one or the other slot which wouldn't be used and like I said earlier that gigabyte had a odd way of building one of thier board and putting thier express pci slots apart from each other with 2 pci in between and I was planning on using the x1 slot space for that optial / coax out adapter as well too.
Oh boy it not easy picking out a motherboard ... decision decision decision! beside it's my first time doing micro atx size too.