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Thread: CPU and Motherboard advice...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Bloomfield Hills, MI USA

    CPU and Motherboard advice...

    I just picked up a killer new TV for my man cave and this thing is jam packed with features. Of course, the local media streaming options include more speedbumps and roadblocks than I'd like, so I am considering building a little HTPC (micro ATX probably) so I can have a bulletproof option for playing media files of all types as well as enjoy the new Steam Big Picture Mode.

    I am wondering what CPU and Motherboard would be a good choice for this. As soon as I see the initials UEFI on motherboards I am looking at, I get queasy. It's been a few years since I built a dedicated Linux box, so any advice would be appreciated.

    Once I get past CPU/Motherboard, I am back in my comfort zone as far as GPU and the rest goes.
    Dedicated Ubuntu Box (running 64 bit 11.10)
    custom build |intel q9450|4gb RAM|Nvidia 8800GTS

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Vienna, Austria
    Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: CPU and Motherboard advice...

    Since mATX and ITX boards have very limited PCI-e lanes/slots, do you need any other hardware than a dedicated GPU? In any case, since most modern CPUs include very capable GPUs themselves, I would not buy a dedicated graphics card just yet.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005

    Re: CPU and Motherboard advice...

    Last edited by ahallubuntu; June 27th, 2013 at 09:42 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: CPU and Motherboard advice...

    Some ideas here:,3369.html

    If you look at the last page here you see the comparison of video cards versus performance. Some idea if extra money buys much. If only one or two brackets difference you will not notice performance difference.,3107.html
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Re: CPU and Motherboard advice...

    I could see two approaches here:
    1) Getting a decent quality Intel CPU with HD4000 graphics (Core i3-3225)
    2) Getting a cheaper CPU (Celeron G1610) and an Nvidia GT640.

    I'd probably go for option 2.
    As for mobo, look at H77 chipsets. Personally, I'm a Biostar fan, so I would look into:


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