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One of the cheapest of it's kind i've seen. The Foxconn K8M890M2MA-R2SH is an amazingly cheap Socket AM2 motherboard and seems to offer a full range of integrated features including fairly basic graphics so is a superb basis for a cheap PC!

Form Factor: Micro ATX
Product Type: Mainboard
Chipset Type: VIA K8M890 + VT8237R-plus
Processor Socket: 0 ( 1 ) - Socket AM2
Compatible Processors: AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64FX, Athlon 64X2
RAM: 0 MB (installed) / 2 GB (max)
Storage Controller: Serial ATA x 2 with RAID 0, 1,JBOD
Audio: 5.1 channel, AC'97 (Realtek)
Dimensions: 9.6 x8.8
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Looks good for the price; certainly worth considering if on a strict budget and there is the option to upgrade graphics to PCI-E.

Good spot :)
Thanks Dio!

I was wandering if you could help... i wanted to put the picture of the motherboard with it, but couldn't quite get how to do it. It asks for 'link image file', how is the best way of doing this? Pardon my ignorance please!
Full spec here.
Nice price but I think I'd spend a bit more for one with built in DVI on the GeForce 6150 chipset.
Looks a good base for a small media PC or something similar!
For a media centre I'd personally save up and go for the ASUS M2NPV-VM (£51.33 on cheapest delivery option from eBuyer). This model should come with the HDMI output which is certainly useful but I'd check because there are several versions available and some don't come with the bracket for it. On top of that there's still DVI and a all round better chipset.
Price is £35.24 plus postage...price quoted is ex vat.
Hmm, not such a great deal then.
Thought I'd just price up the kind of media centre I would personally go for. Just under £300 ain't bad for this spec :)

VAT: £44.68
Total: £299.76

Edit: I know it's just 1 stick of RAM in the a dual channel capable motherboard and it could really do with 1GB but it was just a quick scavenger hunt around eBuyer and it looked a good price. Secondly, I'm not sure the heat sink will actually fit in that case but I can certainly vouch that it's one of the best performing heat sinks at that price. If it won't fit, go for something like the Zalman FS-C77. You could go for a lower spec processor, like a Sempron, but I personally think it's worth the extra money for the dual core cpu.
Nice one willdashwood but think at least 1gb of memory if you want a decent performance.
Yep agreed but I was trying to keep it under £300 and if you're running media software on linux you can probably get away with 512mb, else it's another £33.

Oh and I forgot the HD because I've got one lying around! So let's say add another stick of ram and a 250GB Samsung/Western Digital HD and aim for under £400.

you could consider this witha Intel Core 2 CPU..and sell the monitor if you already have one...should get £85 at least.
3% quidco
Yep but it's the case (highly regarded from spcr), the quiet but good performance heat sink and built in DVI which can't really expect from a pre-built budget system. Do you know if there are any Intel Core 2 Duo motherboards with built in DVI? I know you could get a budget graphics card in there but it's just another thing to restrict airflow and add heat.
The Pcnextday system has a Gforce graphics card ..which should have DVI....motherboards with onboard graphics usually only have VGA sockets...maybe someone else has better advice about DVI on integrated graphic motherboards.
Doubled the ram, added a quiet but good performance Western Digital WD2500KS 250GB HD and a NEC AD-5170A-01 18x DVD±RW and it comes in at £398.32. Of course I'd do a little more in depth research on the individual components but back to the original subject or a motherboard, I'd still go for the Asus.
The Pcnextday system has a Gforce graphics card ..which should have DVI....motherboards with onboard graphics usually only have VGA sockets...maybe someone else has better advice about DVI on integrated graphic motherboards.

Yep, such as shame no one has got an Intel board out with built in DVI. Makes no sense given they have the better processor for the HTPC market.
I've updated the first post to include delivery and postage and VAT as well. Please try to include this in all posts :) Cheers!

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