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Brianxxx
20-09-2004, 08:32 PM
I'm thinking of setting up a new PC and would like to know of the best (motherboard) buy on the market. Or if there is one in the 'making' that is worth waiting for, ie. a week or two.

BootyLicious
20-09-2004, 08:42 PM
You need to know what cpu you are puting in the motherboard first. Intel or AMD.

Pete O\'Neil
20-09-2004, 08:44 PM
It would help is you specified AMD or Intel? Socket A, 370, 478, 940, 939, 754, or 775? SD, DDR or DDR2 memory? PCIe or AGP?

45South
20-09-2004, 08:59 PM
What's it going to be used for?
General use
Multimedia
Gaming
Video editing
Server..........
Can make a great difference to the type of board & the budget in mind

Brianxxx
20-09-2004, 10:01 PM
Ok, general use. I like the AMD CPU but am open to others. I'm looking for the middle 2 upper middle$s of the road. U know speed and performance at an affordable price eg. value for money not something that will be out of date/use in 2yrs. I'm asking for information on any major innovations that have just come out or are about to come out. If U were to setup a PC were would U start? I thought that the Mobo would be first but no u say the CPU. I wonder Y?

metla
20-09-2004, 10:35 PM
Can you give us a clearer idear of budget ?,then we can at least tell you which board is best for that price range.

No board is garenteed to be suported for 2 years,but i would be looking at one of the 939-pin boards for the AMD 64 bit cpu's.

Greg S
20-09-2004, 11:56 PM
> I thought that the Mobo
>would be first but no u say the CPU. I wonder Y?

Because different cpu's require different motherboards. So what I'd do is look for the cpu you'd be happy with in terms of performance and price, then select the mobo that will accept the cpu type.

A good place to find "mid" range prices is www.pricespy.co.nz - just look at the middle priced items, report back what you decide on, then we can advise what mobo will be compatible. I'd guess that a 3ghz cpu would be around the sweet-spot at the moment, then select a mobo that can be upgradeable to around 4ghz+

Susan B
21-09-2004, 09:50 AM
> I thought that the Mobo would be first but no u say the CPU. I wonder Y?

Check out this thread (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=46524&message=265163&q=motherboard#265163) and if that isn't enough have a look at this one (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=43335&message=235230&q=motherboard#235230) as well. ;-) :-)

metla
21-09-2004, 09:55 AM
aaahhhhh.......Brought a tear to my eye,we just don't have enough of those knock em down drag em out Intel Vs AMD threads anymore.

I guess thats because AMD have spanked Intel so severly that any argument is redundent.

Pete O\'Neil
21-09-2004, 10:00 AM
> aaahhhhh.......Brought a tear to my eye,we just don't
> have enough of those knock em down drag em out Intel
> Vs AMD threads anymore.
>
> I guess thats because AMD have spanked Intel so
> severly that any argument is redundent.
You know as well as i do Metla that Cryix make the best CPU ;)

Patrick 2003
21-09-2004, 01:53 PM
> You know as well as i do Metla that Cryix make the
> best CPU ;)
they sure do, the 166 can even run winxp :D

Brianxxx
21-09-2004, 08:12 PM
Hi, I think I will go 4 a AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2GHz S754 ):-} what do U think, regarding a Mobo?
Brian

Pete O\'Neil
21-09-2004, 08:36 PM
The best socket 754 motherboard avaliable at the moment is the MSI K8N Neo Platinum, its got heaps of feature, top preformance and one of the best overclockers on the market.

But if you want something thats future proof then buying a socket 754 board is a bad idea. Socket 754 has been relegated to the budget bin with AMD expected to only provide the low cost sempron CPU's for socket 754.

If you want something that'll last for a lil longer spend the extra cash and make the jump to socket 939. Unfortunatly there arent many 939 board avaliable on the market at the moment. A friend of mine has the Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 and its a horriable board, the Abit AV8 looks to be a good all round board and the MSI K8T Neo 2 reviews well and would also be worth taking into consideration.

From the reviews ive seen the nForce3 250 constantly preforms worse than the KT800 PRO, so as long as you get a KT800 PRO board that can lock the PCI/AGP frequencies there no reason to even consider the nForce3 unless you really really want the onboard firewall.

Brianxxx
21-09-2004, 09:11 PM
Hey!! that's what I like someone who will speak their mind, GREAT. I'll check it out.
Thanks, Brian.

Brianxxx
21-09-2004, 09:27 PM
Hi, thus I'm concidering a 'AMD K8 SOCK939 AC97 4PATA 5PCI 6USB2 DDR400/333 FSB80 GA-K8VNXP-939 ATX'???

Pete O\'Neil
21-09-2004, 10:05 PM
Dude thats the Gigabyte board, not a bad board but i think there better out there.

Brianxxx
21-09-2004, 10:46 PM
Yes? I'm all ears.......Tell me more.
Brian.

Shaun Minfie
22-09-2004, 08:41 AM
> Hey!! that's what I like someone who will speak their
> mind,

No shortage of them around here ;)

Pete O\'Neil
22-09-2004, 09:53 AM
Like i said eariler:

>the Abit AV8 looks to be a good all round board and the MSI K8T Neo 2 reviews well and would also be worth taking into consideration