Motherboards and MCE

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Simon Foxtrot, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Hi,

    I'm going to build a new MCE system.
    Are all latest motherboards compatible?
    Does anyone recommend one in particular.
    Should I go Athlon or Pentium?


    Simon Foxtrot, Jun 1, 2005
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  2. P4 high end or AMD 64... although there is no 64-bit version of MCE, the CPU
    does run well with 32-bit O/Ses. I have mine on a P4 3.0Ghz Prescott.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Jun 1, 2005
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  3. stephenpatrick, Jun 1, 2005
  4. Simon Foxtrot

    GBK Guest

    Pentium M? are you doing HD on it or just standard def? I was thinking of
    building a Pent M machine but want to do HD
    GBK, Jun 3, 2005
  5. No HD in the UK yet so Standard

    Simon Foxtrot, Jun 3, 2005
  6. Yup, no HD here yet :-(

    Though a 2GHz Pentium M outperforms a faster-clocked Pentium 4 in
    quite a few scenarios - there are some interesting reviews on the
    Just like I said, the downside is $$

    Though, just yesterday, I see ASUS doing a Pent M - to - Pent 4
    adaptor for some of their motherboards - interesting.


    stephenpatrick, Jun 3, 2005
  7. There's such a wide choice.
    I want to do this right without comprising performance.
    Your post was really useful.
    All I have at present is a Thermaltake Tenor VB2000SNS case.
    Could you put a list of model numbers of each of the electronics, I will
    probably follow your lead.
    After the motherboard its basically down to the video and TV cards
    I am in the UK and was thinking about the Black Gold Freeview cards.

    Appreciate it, thanks.
    Simon Foxtrot, Jun 3, 2005
  8. Simon Foxtrot

    GBK Guest

    I guess that's what I was thinking too.. will have to wait for Yonah. but it
    never hurts to ask if anyone out there is doing it.

    GBK, Jun 4, 2005
  9. Agreed, the current Pentium M desktop situation is non- ideal, only 3
    mATX and 4+ vendors of miniITX motherboards available, and of course
    you pay a $$ premium.

    However, for anyone with an "anti fan noise in the living room"
    priority, do look at it.
    I have one MCE machine currently running completely fanless, and it's
    almost spooky to hear **nothing** - the only noise being the HD
    powering up ...

    There are a few interesting noises out of Intel and reviews suggesting
    that P4 is a "dead end" and the next gen will be based more on the
    Pent M roadmap. Very interesting, have a look at recent news

    As with all PC technology, the issue is "when" you buy - make sure you
    get the best at thae time, I estimate with a 2-3 years useful lifespan
    - and preferably with a footprint that will allow you to replace the
    main board for upgrades and retain any expensive peripherals - e.g.
    huge SATA drives, etc


    stephenpatrick, Jun 4, 2005
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  12. Simon Foxtrot

    Pete Delgado Guest

    I have a 2.66 Celeron D running quite nicely... Depending upon what you are
    doing, a high-end P4 isn't necessarily required as much of the compute
    intensive functionality of MCE is passed to the video card.

    Pete Delgado, Jun 6, 2005
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