View Full Version : Good Mainboards

08-11-2002, 03:28 PM
Can someone in the know tell me a good mother board for a system i am going to build i need it to have socket a, sd ram and agp x4 id also like at least 4-5 PCI ports and of corse usb. Thanks

Babe Ruth
08-11-2002, 03:34 PM
mcatley, I usually use something like Toms Hardware Guide (http://www6.tomshardware.com/mainboard/index.html) to help me.


08-11-2002, 03:36 PM
What processor speed do you intend throwing into it?
DDR memory?

More detail required..

08-11-2002, 05:26 PM
Why not start here :-


and record a configuration, any configuration, and post that configuration back here for people to help you tune both in specification AND in price per performance ..

Just an idea

08-11-2002, 07:20 PM
Hi mark,
OI i told u to go for that asus board at school, lol why don't u listen to me? even if it is a bit more expensive than others cos its from taiwan. It was in pcworld a few months ago i believe anyways, once i get the damn link up (stupid 56k modem)


not very powerful only supporting upto 1.4ghz, but an athlon would sit sweat in there, otherwise i reckon you should really consider getting ddr cos the mobos are so much faster from asus anyways....

- David

p.s heres some info for it
The ASUS A7A266-E is a Socket A DDR motherboard based on the ALiŽ M1647 chipset. In addition to significantly enhancing system performance with support of the latest UltraDMA/133/100, DDR DRAM, the ASUS A7A266-E offers flexibility by also supporting PC133 SDRAM. AMDŽ Athlon XP / Athlon / Duron processors of 500MHz up to 1.4GHz+ will benefit from the optimal performance delivered by this ATX motherboard, and you'll effortlessly power through today's most demanding applications like never before

08-11-2002, 09:11 PM
I usually use Soltek, Gigabyte and Asus....

Never had to replace the motherboard on any of those brands.

08-11-2002, 10:01 PM
Dude go for Gigabyte. They are the best!!!
Whatever others may say for Asus, i recommend Gigabyte.
Asus is more pricey cause of its brand, but Gigabyte is just as good or even better with more reasonable price.

I got a old LX440 chipset based Gigabyte mb with celeron 333 and its still rock solid after 4yrs!

Though it seems you want to use SDRAM so you will have to go for a bit older model that supports it. And those ones either dont have AGP slots or have only 3 PCI's. Check out the Gigabyte (http://www.giga-byte.com) website


Pete O\'Neil
10-11-2002, 07:10 PM

what speed athlon are you going to use in this build? if its anything fast than the 1.3Ghz t-bird then i would strongly reconmend making the jump to DDR-RAM or atleast use the motherboard your friend reckonemended. If you use SD-RAM you wont experience the full power of the Athlon.

But if you really want SD-RAM then check out the Soltek SL-75KAV damm good board i have personally used it and its stable and have never had any problems. It uses the VIA KT-133A chipset and has all the features you wanted.

Check it out here (http://www.soltek.de/English/product/75kav.htm)

I think <a href="http://www.oemcomputers.co.nz>OEM Computers</a> and Manakau has it for $189 inc. GST (that is if you live in Auckland)

Pete O\'Neil
10-11-2002, 07:14 PM
sorry about the dodgey links its been months since i posted on this site. just copy the URL outta the html code. i fink my code might be wrong but its been ages since i wrote html so i cant remember

11-11-2002, 07:49 AM
I like the Abits M/Boards myself but Asus or Gigabyte ones are good as well buy quality ones go onto online forums or read up on model that you intend to buy for value use the duron for speed the athalon series