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I'm looking for bare bone mobo that has no built in graphic or audio card. Can anyone suggest some make/model. I've trouble finding it at newegg. May be just not look hard enough.
 

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You probably will have trouble because the chip that provides these functions also provide IDE, SATA, PCI, AGP, etc functions all in one so vendors include the sound and vga ports with the MB. Just disable them in BIOS, provides the same thing for the most part in terms of what you are looking for.
 

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Could you be more specific about what you're looking for, CPU, form factor, slots, etc.


It's not hard to find motherboards without onboard video (I'd say most are that way). Finding one without audio will be essentially impossible these days though.
 

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Could you be more specific about what you're looking for, CPU, form factor, slots, etc.


It's not hard to find motherboards without onboard video (I'd say most are that way). Finding one without audio will be essentially impossible these days though.

Since I'm starting from scratch, I guess I don't have any preference in any of those. I focus on the mobo first. Any component and enclosure will be selected next base on what mobo is.


The closest one that I see is this ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 with the nVidia 680i SLI chipset. It's design more for the quad-core, a bit more than what I need. Just wondering if there's more out there for either the dual-core or AMD x2 CPUs.
 

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It's not hard to find motherboards without onboard video (I'd say most are that way). Finding one without audio will be essentially impossible these days though.

Yeah, I went to advance searched on newegg. Looks like on-board audio option has no "none" option while on-board video can be select to "none".


I guess I'm just going to settle with these then. Thanks.
 

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Why is it so important that it not have onboard audio and video? If you don't want to use them, then don't. They can be disabled in the BIOS.
 

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Why is it so important that it not have onboard audio and video? If you don't want to use them, then don't. They can be disabled in the BIOS.

It's just my nitty gritty picking style
I was hoping (wishful thinking) that if the board does not have any these built-in, then may be it'll cost less or may have more option for additional slots(PCI, SATA, PATA, USB, etc)? It just seem to make a lot of sense. There's nothing wrong with having it built in, but I would say that most who DIY PC tend to opt out and use external board...so why not cater to these kind of situation/individuals.


anyway, I'll shut up and just accept what is out there.
 

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Reality is actually the opposite
. Boards targeted toward the budget conscious ususally have onboard everything since that keeps the overall cost down, ironically these are often at the bottom end of the spectrum.


The boards that are really expensive are the ones geared at the no-holds-barred gaming community and almost never have onboard video, since this market will just add an external one anyway.


Of course there's stuff in between as well. As far as audio goes, pretty much every chipset has it built in these days so you're going to end up looking at server boards if you really want to avoid it.


As far as recommendations go, the KN9S and KN9 Ultra look pretty good, completely passive.
 

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I'm looking for bare bone mobo that has no built in graphic or audio card. Can anyone suggest some make/model. I've trouble finding it at newegg. May be just not look hard enough.

Both Foxconn and Asrock offer some budget boards with no on-board video, however finding one with no audio will be hard.


ASROCK 4CoreDual-VSTA (beware, the PCI-e is x4 not x16)

Foxconn - a bunch, check P9657AA-8EKRS2H etc.


You can always bypass the onboard audio and plug in a card regardless.
 

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After thinking about this more, I realize now that I do want the built in graphic card. With a built in card, I'm not force to having fork out the money right away. So I can get them later while still getting the temporary one provided by the built in one. DUH!!!...


So rather than me creating another thread. Suppose I get a board that has ATI build in. Do I have to get an ATI external board when come that time? I'm thinking that it should not matter, but just thought I'd ask anyway.


Now need to narrow down my list of mobo --one that at least future proof me for 5 years (I hope).
 

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Originally Posted by soyuppy /forum/post/0


After thinking about this more, I realize now that I do want the built in graphic card. With a built in card, I'm not force to having fork out the money right away. So I can get them later while still getting the temporary one provided by the built in one. DUH!!!...


So rather than me creating another thread. Suppose I get a board that has ATI build in. Do I have to get an ATI external board when come that time? I'm thinking that it should not matter, but just thought I'd ask anyway.


Now need to narrow down my list of mobo --one that at least future proof me for 5 years (I hope).

Nope, you are not pinned down to ATI if you get an ATI board. But the catalyst drivers are notorious for being difficult to uninstall. You can always disable the onboard video through the BIOS and then your PCI-E or VGA slot will take over.
 

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abit boards...i have the aw9d-max and has been rock stable using e6600 oced to 3.5.

doens't have onboard sound, but does include a soundmax sound card and has a specific slot for it if you decide to install it.

crossfire board, so no sli if using nvidia, but a good board if only using one card like me
 

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I use the ASUS P5N32e-SLI. It isn't the least expensive of boads -- but one can pay a lot more and ASUS will 'em a run for their money. There are no built in graphics. I think a lot of the Mini/Micro ATX have built in graphics and it appears to be a new trend in ATX as well. The P5N32e-SLI has a mini soundmax card as described above in its own PCIx1-like slot. I just removed it (disabled in the BIOS as well) and use a Creative X-Fi Extreme Gamer. It might be the only Creative card of the X-Fi series to have the Intel HD audio front panel header.


That motherboard paired with an Intel E6600, 4GB RAM, and nVidia EVGA 8600GTS has worked out very well for me. Very low memory and CPU utilization when running HD, be it TV, HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. Stable as a boulder with Vista 32-bit. If gaming is a goal as well, might swap out the 8600GTS for an 8800GTS. CPU utilization for HD will rise but quite a bit more thoroughput with games. The 8600GTS is really optimized for video movies.


I suspect the 8600GTS might open up HD for some older Intel P4 CPUs such as the D630.
 
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