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ECS G33T-M2 MicroATX Motherboard

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Many members at OverclockersClub.com are enthusiasts and hardcore gamers - myself included. Most will tell you that we go through hardware very frequently and so the closet gets more full with old components that we no longer need. It's always nice to be able to put those components to work, whether it be in a home theater PC (HTPC), folding rig, or just another machine to have for use around the house. Personally, it gets pretty tiresome when family members are constantly on my computer when I need to get on to work and to keep my reign in the gaming playground alive.

That's where inexpensive computers come into play. You can easily build a solid, working computer that gets simple tasks done, such as surfing the Internet, playing the occasional game by gathering components around the house, or by spending a couple hundred dollars. The place to start is the motherboard because you will have to build around what the motherboard supports. With the ECS G33T-M2 motherboard, you get onboard video that is decent. If it's not enough for you, you can easily upgrade by buying a PCI Express x16 video card to plug into the respective slot on the motherboard.

A common stereotype about MicroATX boards is that since they are small, they don't support the latest technologies. I beg to differ, because this ECS G33T-M2 motherboard supports DDR2 800, which is a standard for DDR2 memory. It also supports HD audio and PCI Express x16, which is the newest video card format. The board also has four SATA 3.0GB/s ports, which is the new format for hard drives and CD drives. With Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista, a lot of people are having compatibility and driver troubles, but fortunately this motherboard is certified for Windows Vista, so you won't have any issues with the operating system working with this board. You might be surprised, but this motherboard supports Intel's quad-core processor line.

Do you have some components laying around the house that you can use to build an inexpensive computer that is still up-to-date? Look into this G33T-M2 motherboard because the possibilities with a system built around this board are near endless. Plus, with a price of only $105.99, your wallet won't be cleaned out.

Make sure to check back at OverclockersClub.com because we will be posting multiple reviews of various components to build a very functional and up-to-date computer without breaking the bank. We will also be showcasing the parts and steps to building an HTPC that eliminates half of the equipment that you use to watch high definition TV, listen to music, watch family slide shows and much more.


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