APC Australia - - Super Guide / Create Your Perfect Home Theatre Pc -

Choos­ing the ideal moth­er­board for your home the­ater PC is cru­cial for start­ing out on the right foot, and un­sur­pris­ingly, it all comes down to con­nec­tiv­ity. Find­ing a board with a solid rear I/O is key. For those run­ning more ad­vanced au­dio speaker so­lu­tions, you’re go­ing to want some­thing with op­ti­cal au­dio-out (also known as TOSLink or S/PDIF), plenty of USB ports for your DAC/am­pli­fier’s in­frared reader, wire­less con­trollers, and other pe­riph­er­als and, of course, some form of graph­ics-out, such as HDMI or Dis­play­Port (although DP won’t pro­vide you with au­dio di­rect). If 4K stream­ing is your game, you’re also go­ing to want to get your­self a moth­er­board that has sup­port for HDCP 2.2, of course.

HDCP is a form of DRM that en­sures you can’t rip con­tent by us­ing an in­ter­me­di­ary de­vice be­tween the sys­tem and the TV. In short, it’s Hol­ly­wood’s way of pro­tect­ing its prop­erty in the modern dig­i­tal age. That said, if you can live with­out 4K, any moth­er­board with a dis­play-out will get you 1080p stream­ing, no wor­ries.

Ev­ery­thing else af­ter that is se­condary — you won’t need ex­ten­sive over­clock­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, nor a mul­ti­tude of fan head­ers, ad­vanced power phase de­signs, or even, dare we say it, RGB. The cheaper moth­er­boards will suf­fice here.

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