so i’ve decided to go all-intel with my new computer. i’ve bought a new case, new memory, a new core 2 duo cpu and this new intel mainboard. the idea is that with the x3000 onboard with dvi output i wouldn’t need to worry about any proprietary video crud.
putting the computer together yesterday i realised that btx is absolutely and utterly incompatible with atx. the mainboard is completely backwards from how you might expect. furthermore, even the heatsink doesn’t attach to the mainboard properly (since the holes are different).
so i have a choice and i think that btx will lose. i *really* like the atx case i have. i don’t feel like buying another heatsink.
so now i think that the mainboard needs to go back. the thing is: i want an intel mainboard with x3000 video and i want it on a dvi port. the reason i bought this specific board is that it has dvi onboard. the only boards that have this (as far as i can see) are btx.
there are, however, 5 suitable atx mainboards with x3000. they don’t have dvi out, but i understand that i can use this svdo/add2/mec thing in order to get dvi out of it. i’m confused, though. there are a lot of acronyms flying around and i don’t know what is what. do i need special software support? will i need to run modesetting branch? i have no idea. different sources appear to have different information.
ideally, someone would tell me “oh, by the way, intel does make an atx board with dvi onboard”. slightly less than ideally, someone will explain to me exactly what i need to do to make this work.
any help is appreciated.