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systm
12-04-2006, 10:59 AM
I am making a second rig atm and are delving into amd technology for the first time.

I am purchasing an Athlon 64 3200+ skt939 and would like some advice on what my options are for motherboards as I am completely lost. I know from owning Pentiums that Asus and MSI have worked out well for me in the past.

I was going to purchase the Asus A8N-SLI but found I ran short of money and now doubt I will use it in SLI mode. Any help would be appreciated, from the cheapest alternative (without giving away to much performance or stability) to the more expensive.

Thanks :)

netchicken
12-04-2006, 11:08 AM
I have that bought with the express desire to "future proof" my computer.
I use a gigabite MB, but don't have the details here.

Anyway after feeling pleased with my canny purchase i found out the 939 socket will be discontinued in a few years and not supported....

The_End_Of_Reality
12-04-2006, 11:16 AM
What are you going to be using the rig for? ie gaming, overclocking etc, for OCing and looks (side window) I would say DFI, But otherwise ASUS are good from what I have herd, I have not herd much about MSI (good)

HTH :thumbs:

SolMiester
12-04-2006, 11:29 AM
I run a gigabyte board, no problems, gigabyte have excelent support and extra features on there boards like firewire 800 instead of the standard 400.

Not up to date on latest PCIe board, though they have a new cooling system for the mosefs, chipset etc, looking real funky and keeps system cool.

For OC'ing as you do with AMD systems, the best boards will have 8 phase power to deliver smoother constant power, active cooling for chipsets, extra wide space between SLI PCIe slots and a great range of over volt options.

Basicly, it all comes down to what you wish to do with the board, it can be as cheap stable or feature rich and expensive as you like.

I think the DFI, while a very powerful board, maybe a bit over your head as a 1st time AMD system builder. This board is very fussy with memory and you have to understand OC upside down before you undertake clocking with this board.

The_End_Of_Reality
12-04-2006, 11:35 AM
I think the DFI, while a very powerful board, maybe a bit over your head as a 1st time AMD system builder. This board is very fussy with memory and you have to understand OC upside down before you undertake clocking with this board. I was a first time system builder and have found it very easy to OC (first time) though I did do a little reading on it before I started :nerd:

pctek
12-04-2006, 11:39 AM
ASUS A8N5X - NForce4, ATX, Dual Channel, 1 PCI-E 16x, 3 PCI, 2PCI-1, 8CH, 10 USB, GB Lan, SATA 4

Pete O'Neil
12-04-2006, 11:54 AM
The board pctek reckonmended is one of the cheapest avaliable, but has good features and should offer good performance and stability due to it being an ASUS board.

Its pointless reckonmended a DFI unless systm really wants to overclock, they're horrendously expensive for what you get and dont offer any benefits to the average user.

MSI, Gigabyte, and ASUS all make entry level boards with the nForce4 chipset that would suit this users needs far better than any DFI board.

Go with the ASUS its a good board!

Tukapa
12-04-2006, 12:06 PM
Asus A8NE. Works for me. Whatever you go for it looks like Asus are getting plenty of thumbs up.
:2cents:

systm
12-04-2006, 12:33 PM
AMD Athlon64 3000+ Skt 939 Venice, ASUS A8N-E mobo, 1GB PC3200 Dual Channel Ram, ASUS DRW-1608P DVD-RW, 1 x 250GB SATA HDD, 1 x 160GB External HDD, GeForce 6200TC 128MB PCI-E, 17" CRT, XP Pro SP2

I was looking at the 3000+ with the venice core but was told to spend an extra $60 - $70 on a 3200+. Is this true?

Also to answer past question, yes this will be used primarily as a gaming rig as well as a bit of audio work/encoding (utilising m-audio soundcard and not onboard audio) and general office applications :)

systm
12-04-2006, 12:38 PM
O, and thankyou all for such fast reply's. I didnt expect so soon :thumbs:

SolMiester
12-04-2006, 01:35 PM
Hi, the 3000+ runs stock @ 1.8Ghz with 9 x divider, the 3200+ @ 2Ghz with 10 multiplyer, therefore the 3200 is better if you wish to OC, as with 9x you need a mobo with excellent FSB to get same results with 10x.

However as you are doing encoding/audio on the machine, I would if you go for the X3800+ if you can afford. this also has 9x multiplyer however will be of huge benefit when encoding.

Tukapa
12-04-2006, 01:47 PM
I was looking at the 3000+ with the venice core but was told to spend an extra $60 - $70 on a 3200+. Is this true?

It wasn't when I purchased my set up but that was some time ago and anything faster than the 3000+ was quite a bit more expensive.

According to PriceSpy the 3000+ is $209 and the 3200+ is $249 and the 3500+ is $344 so the 3200+ is proabably the best bang for buck at the moment. I would still tend to go the 3000+ personally and save $40 and know that you can upgrade later when the faster socket 939 CPU's come down in price.

Again :2cents:

Pete O'Neil
12-04-2006, 04:06 PM
Chances are there wont be any more faster 939 CPU's what avaliable today is it. AMD is shifting to AM2 in June.

SolMiester
12-04-2006, 05:25 PM
Tukapa is talking about prices for existing faster 939 cpu's coming down when the likes of the AM2 are released. The FX60 is the last 939 cpu model. They will still be manufactoring these chips @ FAB36 for another year at least as this lab only just started wafer manufactor of 939 90nm chips.

Tukapa
12-04-2006, 09:12 PM
Thanks SolMeister - that's exactly what I meant. On Pricespy the AMD Athlon 64 FX57 2.8GHz Socket 939 is currently $1300. I am guessing when I go to upgrade it will give me quite a boost from my 3000+ and will be a whole load cheaper.