I've got a Core 2 Duo (Q9400) in my HTPC now. I'm thinking about upgrading to an Ivy Bridge i5 to get a faster solution and a cooler one (Q9400 is a 95W CPU). My main concern is the slot availability of the motherboard. I have a Radeon 6750 PCIe16x video card, two Hauppauge PVR-2250s and a Ceton InfiniTV. Right now the slot arrangement of my board is such that I can't use one of the PCIe slots unless I shift all of the memory down into single channel mode.
The slot format on this board looks like it should work:
Does anyone have any experience with this board or ones that would offer enough PCIe slots with clearance? I'm hesitant to jump on it just yet because my board before the one I have now was an MSI Crossfire board, and it turned out that you could only use the extra PCIe16x slots for graphics cards; they would not function for PCIe1x devices.