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Old 12-05-09, 12:01 PM   #13
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Hmm you don't sound too sure, I'll investigate further myself, thanks!

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Old 12-05-09, 12:11 PM   #14
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Some great points thanks!
Actually I just realised that the Essence ST + H6 I bought would have to go into my Media Front-End, so a pre-built system won't do!

I'm guessing most content will be streamed from my Myth Backend /NAS so heaps of storage isn't a big deal.
1x 3.5" 1TB should be plenty, maybe even just an cheap-arse SSD?!

I seem to hear Zotac mentioned a lot so I'll have a closer look at their mobo's.
Thanks also for the case selections!

I'm not going to be picky, I've been far too anal w/other systems I've been designing lately and time is now of the essence!
You WILL have a problem finding a motherboard with a ION chipset with the correct number of PCI / PCI-express slots. Most of them (all of those I looked into anyway) are mini-ITX. Wich means ONE slot : 1 PCI or 1 PCI express 1X or 1PCI express 16x. I was predjudiced against sound cards, and had already purchased an external DAC, so that wasn't an issue for me but you should be carefull about that.
The only one (that I know of, there could be others) with a PCI slot for your sound card is the Asus AT3N7AI featured here. I almost bought this one because it was cheaper than the zotac. Beware though, some people say it's small fan makes a lot of noise. I currently don't use the fan included in my zotac so maybe you can remove this one (at your own risk ).
With a PCI card your choice of computer case is also slightly more limited. Some small cases (mine, for exemple) do not allow a PCI card.

Good luck for your search
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Old 12-05-09, 12:15 PM   #15
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oh bummer, i really need 1x PCI and 1x PCI-e so I can add a GT2xxx series car later if needs be...

And this sound-card has a daughter board which also needs a spare PCI slot (doesn't actually plug into the port) so the extra 5.1 analogue-out ports (2.0 already on the main card) can poke through the PCI brackets.

So I may have to mod a case so that the daughter-board doesnt take up any PCI/e space...
Even then I still really need two PCI/e slots.... sigh
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Old 12-05-09, 12:18 PM   #16
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Hmm you don't sound too sure, I'll investigate further myself, thanks!

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No I'm not but then I'm not so much interrested in the question

You can built something equally good for video using a 9400 or 9300 chipset and a Core2. Uses more power, faster CPU... it's up to you. There are also more computer cases to chose from.

What is the "H6" you were reffering to ?
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Old 12-05-09, 12:22 PM   #17
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daughterboard for the Essence ST
http://www.guru3d.com/imageview.php?image=16874

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What is the "H6" you were reffering to ?
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Old 12-05-09, 12:24 PM   #18
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And this sound-card has a daughter board which also needs a spare PCI slot (doesn't actually plug into the port) so the extra 5.1 analogue-out ports (2.0 already on the main card) can poke through the PCI brackets.

So I may have to mod a case so that the daughter-board doesnt take up any PCI/e space...
Even I still really need two PCI/e slots.... sigh
For you sound card, it's ok. Just use a normal micro-ATX case, you can plug your card to the PCI slot, and attach your daugther card below on the chassis, can you not ?

The extra PCE-e 16x for the GT240 is a bigger problem. The Zotac IONITX-F has a PCi-e 16x but no PCI slots.

For your needs, maybe a normal micro-ATX or ATX motherboard with a Core 2 or Celeron is the best solution. This way you have a PCI-e 16x, 2 or 3 PCI slots ...
It will be bigger... I took the smallest solution I could find, but any case fitting a micro-ATX board will be bigger than a case specifically built for mini-ITX.
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Old 12-05-09, 12:30 PM   #19
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You mean at the edge of the board where the last last PCI slot is plug the main card; then just screw the H6 into the PCI bracket alongside the bracket used by the ST & forget about not being able slot the H6 into a PCI/e slot? (its designed to do that but doesnt actually have any lanes)

You sure there's no ION-based board with more than one slot? I guess if you go more than one it's no longer an Mini-ITX board.
Hmm, maybe there's ION boards that are Micro-ATX? worth checking you reckon?

If not I'll just have to get a pricier/hotter/electricity guzzling core2 based system... sigh... 330am, night.

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For you sound card, it's ok. Just use a normal micro-ATX case, you can plug your card to the PCI slot, and attach your daugther card below on the chassis, can you not ?
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Old 12-05-09, 01:05 PM   #20
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You mean at the edge of the board where the last last PCI slot is plug the main card; then just screw the H6 into the PCI bracket alongside the bracket used by the ST & forget about not being able slot the H6 into a PCI/e slot? (its designed to do that but doesnt actually have any lanes)
yep I meant exactly that


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You sure there's no ION-based board with more than one slot? I guess if you go more than one it's no longer an Mini-ITX board.
Hmm, maybe there's ION boards that are Micro-ATX? worth checking you reckon?
Not that I know of but yes it's worth checking ! I believe a 9400 chipset is essentially the same thing, but I don't know if you can find a Atom based microATX motherboard. Look at how small a mini ITX board is... 1 slot is probably the maximum you can afford on these.

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If not I'll just have to get a pricier/hotter/electricity guzzling core2 based system... sigh... 330am, night.
7 pm here , readying for a drink (or 2) !
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Old 12-06-09, 08:54 AM   #21
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I need one PCI-e 16x (or whatever the min is for a GT220) and one PCI...

So far the best ITX board I've found has one mini-PCIE and one 16x PCI-e.
So it's looking very unlikely I'll find an ITX board with any-more than that.

I guess I could get some kind of riser card that splits the 16x into one 8x & two 4x OR two 8x?
Then I could find some kind of converter that turns one of these slots into PCI 2.2?
I believe they do exist, but they may only work with 1x or 4x PCIe, not 100% sure.
Or maybe even something that converts the mini-PCIe into PCI?

But it just get too complicated I think, sigh...

I have found one mATX board that uses dual core Atom, but it uses Intel IGP.
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pro...ID=129&LanID=0
So I may as well just get a mATX mobo with geforce 9400 + core2duo don't you reckon?
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Old 12-07-09, 04:02 AM   #22
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So I may as well just get a mATX mobo with geforce 9400 + core2duo don't you reckon?
Yep. a 9400 or some fanless GT220/240 . Either way
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Old 12-07-09, 12:12 PM   #23
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Yeah it's a Geforce 9x00 mATX OR
a Intel IGP mATX (e.g. G4x which apparently are much cheaper) + a GT2xx.

I think...
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Old 12-09-09, 01:07 AM   #24
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Part of the good thing of the ION is it's ITX form factor...
There's no point in me moving up to mATX and staying with Atom.

Particularly considering that a core2 system w/ G4x/P4x + GT2xx or Geforce 9400
will be very similar power draw when being used as a media player only.

So that mATX board with Atom CPU and Intel IGP is out!
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