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?

    Thanks


    Simon
     
    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
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  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
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  5. No HD in the UK yet so Standard


     
    Simon Foxtrot, Jun 3, 2005
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  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
    web.
    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.

    Regards


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    stephenpatrick, Jun 3, 2005
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  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
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  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.

    Thanks
     
    GBK, Jun 4, 2005
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  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
    commentary.

    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

    Regards


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    stephenpatrick, Jun 4, 2005
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  11. 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
     
    Pete Delgado, Jun 6, 2005
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