Gigabyte makes some good AMD based motherboards. Although I heard horrid stories about some of their boards arriving DOA, this one arrived fine and powered up after putting all the components together and was ready to load up the OS. The GA-F2A88XM-D3H is in use for a friend who wanted turn and old computer case into a Home Theater PC.
This board was paird with:
8GB Kingston HyperX 1600 DDR 3 RAM
And Windows 8.1
Amazing video card, been playing on a Radeon card which does not compare to the performance of this item. You definitely get what you pay for when you get this item. The card is very large so if you have a mATX tower I would ensure that it has the space for it along with good airflow to provide adequate cooling. Definitely a high quality, high performing component that comes with a price.
Contrary to what the other review says, this card works great with all Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 that have the Windows Media Center add on. (Windows Vista & Windows 7 comes with Windows Media Center, you must buy it extra with Windows 8)
The 5188-7344 drivers are all included with Windows. Once you attach an antenna and do the first time Windows Media Center setup, your PC is now an HDTV Digital Video Recorder for all the local Digital TV stations in your area.
To find out what kind of antenna you'll need and what stations you can get, go to the Consumer Electronics Association and National Broadcasters Association web site, http://www.antennaweb.org/
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