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Assemble the HTPC
The first thing I installed was the Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H motherboard. The board is based on the AMD 880 chipset supporting AM3 and DDR3 processors and memory. To power the board I'm using an old AMD 720+ X3 Black Edition processor and 4GB of GSkill DDR3 memory. There is no intent to overclock the system but if I need more power the black edition processor makes it easy.
The GA-880GMA has a perfect PCI Express layout for this build. I will be covering the secondary 16x PCI Express slot using the GTS 450 however this does leave the 1x PCI Express slot open for my anticipated sound card upgrade.
For now I'll just be using HDMI audio to keep things clean.