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Motherboard Opinion wanted...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by my58vw, 11 Sep 2005.

  1. my58vw

    my58vw Plexi Expert

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    Alright,

    I am upgrading the processor again for my dad from a socket A Athlon XP (3000+) to an Athlon 64 (3200+) after the processor died. I was using a Abit NF7S board and I am looking for something of comparable quality.

    Althlon 64 3200+ Socket 754 512k
    Radeon 9600 XT graphics card (AGP)
    Kingston 1 GB (512MB x 2) ram, dual channel setup

    I am using a HSF combo that requires the little holes on the side of the socket, possibly water cooling later.

    He is not willing to go to PCI-X so it will have to be AGP. I have searched the forum as usual for a while before asking :search:

    Thanks as always!
     
  2. chemo

    chemo True Jungle Brother

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    dfi lanparty UT250gb socket 754 is probably the best 754 mobo around.
    i use one and its been great. its got pretty much endless capabilities too if you wanted to overclock etc. and its pretty cheap nowdays too. the msi neo is a pretty good one too.
     
  3. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    If you dont want to overclock, I can recommend the Asus K8V deluxe... rubbish BIOS and chipset for overclocking, but soooooo stable.. i dont think i've ever had a serious system crash since I built it over 2 years ago. Rock solid, and some great features too.

    Looks cool in wondowed cases with UV too... a little like the Lan Party... dark blue with reactive yellow bits. One of the most sensible, well thought out board layouts as well.
     
  4. Fibbles

    Fibbles New Member

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    Why is he not willing to go PCI-E? He's going to have to upgrade the GPU and mobo anyway if he upgrades in the future :confused:

    An x600 Pro is around the same price as a 9600XT, so it's not cost effective to stay with AGP :confused:

    The DFI NF3 250GB is inbetween the MSI K8N Neo 3-F and ASUS K8N4-E (both are PCI-E x16 boards) price wise - the MSI is a good deal cheaper and the ASUS is only slightly more expensive.

    Of course it's his money and can do whatever he wants, but I had a similar issue when my P4 mobo died on me. I went with a socket 754 AGP setup to keep my current parts, but if I could do it again, I'd have gone with PCI-E so I'd never have to worry (for a few years at least) about needing to buy a new mobo just to upgrade my video card :clap:
     
  5. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Oh don't buy into 754, it's already dying out.

    And definately don't stay with AGP either, but if you must, let me e-slap him upside the head first to try and e-knock some e-sense into him. The only argument would be so he can keep the card he has, but looking at how much of a performer a 9600-series is, umm, WHY?
     
  6. my58vw

    my58vw Plexi Expert

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    Because he is...

    1. Not a gamer
    2. Does not have in his budget for a new graphics card
    3. Is cheep
    4. Does not care about upgradability, wants a faster processor now and would rather swap out MB/Chip?Graphics, etc than buy a new graphics card now.
    5. Did I mention cheep.
    6. And that he spends 90 percent of the time on the internet of using quickbooks running the business on this machene.

    BTW we own a computer business dealing with lower end pcs mainly. Since the typical PC runs about 500 - 600 dollars we sell he does not want to spend 600 dollars on a new graphics card, MB, Chip, etc.

    He decided to go with the DFI board for a little OCing and not much more.
     
  7. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Still, seeing how soon 754 will come to an end, it doesn't make sense to NOT go 939.
     
  8. Fibbles

    Fibbles New Member

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    If he's no gamer, what's with the 9600XT? Any cheap solution can deal with business stuff, heck, even onboard graphics are fine for that.
     
  9. atanum141

    atanum141 I fapped to your post!

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    id say stick with a mobile Athlon Xp system(as u have the parts allready) or try a Skt745 Sempron/A64 system....but Sempron seems better and cheaper.
     

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