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JohnnyBeGood
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Hi all,

 

Just spent 5+ hours reading here and trying to figure out with which brand/model of MB to go.

I have Asus P5B Deluxe with 4GB RAM, ATI x1950, C2DUO 6600 CPU that is my HTPC in our bedroom and for the test I installed

WHS2011 on 1TB HD and install went fine just it would not recognize onboard audio and Intel controller that made me read and get a feel for what would be best option and so that I don't have driver issues but didn't figure out anything :)

 

It seems like that people have more luck with Gigabyte as far as drivers.

 

I'm planning to buy an i3 CPU for sure and to build low power use box that I will keep in garage. It will be mostly used for back of pictures and movies and I'll be trying just for test maybe one IP security camera (possible on WHS2011?).

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I've got three ASUS boards all within the last year and have had no driver issues. Of course, I go to the ASUS website to make sure the driver disc I have is the most current.

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I am pretty sure you can't load sound drivers on a server.

 

By the way, nice avatar.

 

Interesting. I've had my WHS2011 prompt for audio drivers a few times but I've never bothered to try and load any, so I never found out first hand whether the server would accept them or not.

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WS2K8R2 uses the same drivers as Win7 so no issues loading sound card drivers on servers. WS2K3 and XP is a nother story...

 

As for mobos

 

I use ASUS for my high performance stuff and GigaByte for most of my other builds. No issues with either of them, other than I cannot stand the clown color pastels gigabyte uses.

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I use ASUS for my high performance stuff and GigaByte for most of my other builds. No issues with either of them, other than I cannot stand the clown color pastels gigabyte uses.

 

Picking a mobo based on it's colour scheme; that's a new one on me :D

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Aesthetics can be very important, especially in a windowed/showcase build. If all else is equal I'm picking it based on color. Whichever one doesn't make me barf every time I open the case.

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WS2K8R2 uses the same drivers as Win7 so no issues loading sound card drivers on servers. WS2K3 and XP is a nother story...

 

As for mobos

 

I use ASUS for my high performance stuff and GigaByte for most of my other builds. No issues with either of them, other than I cannot stand the clown color pastels gigabyte uses.

 

I've tried all versions win7, vista and win2003 every one gives me this error:

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