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#1 tg1911

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 10:18 AM

I'm in the process of gathering parts for my first build.
It'll mainly be used for internet surfing, 3D rendering, and, in the future, video editing, so I don't need a top-of-the-line computer.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a budget motherboard?
I've been reading reviews for the past month, and haven't really found anything that stands out, as the best, so I've decided to ask for recommendations.
I'd like to keep the cost as close to $100 as possible ($120 max.)

Parts I've already decided on:

Processor - Athlon 64 X2 5000+EE 2.6GHz
Power Supply - SILVERSTONE ST50EF-Plus 500W
Case - Rosewill R5604-TBK
Harddrive - Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s


What I'm looking for in a motherboard:

ATX form factor
AM2 Socket Type
one PCI Express x16 slot
as many additional expansion slots, as possible (PCI, PCI Express x1, etc....)
SATA 3Gb/s
DDR2 800 Dual Channel memory
at least 1 IDE connector (for existing optical drives)
future upgradeability

All suggestions appreciated.

Edited by tg1911, 07 October 2007 - 10:21 AM.

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 12:07 PM

Do you want something with integrated graphics? If so something based on the AMD 690G/x1250 would be a good choice. BIOSTAR TA690G maybe? Biostar tend to have a lot of really nice budget products. You can also often find 690Gs in nice MB&CPU combo deals. If you don't want integrated graphics an nForce 550 might be a good idea, like a BIOSTAR TFORCE 550.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 12:14 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductRevie...N82E16813131022

no firewire, only 1 pata, not much in overclocking options but vista certified(good or bad?)

lot's of room for card upgrades and drive upgrades

get cas 4 ram
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 09:25 PM

Thanks for the suggestions Mr Alpha, and DaChew.
I'll check them out.

Sorry I didn't mention the video.
I tried to list everything I could think of, but I knew I was going to leave something out. :thumbsup:
Onboard video is not a necessity.

If anyone else has any other suggestions, please post them.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 10:38 PM

on board video = microatx and you said lots of slots for cards, contradiction in terms

after a lot of builds I only use Asus
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 11:49 PM

In my last post:

Onboard video is not a necessity.

I'd rather select my own video card.

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 12:02 AM

I like Gigabyte boards, HERE is one from Newegg you can check out. :thumbsup:
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 12:17 AM

The motherboards mentioned already would be my picks for the $100 price range. That nVidia nforce 500/550 chipset seems to be a popular choice for solid motherboards.

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 01:45 AM

Thanks for the additional comments, Wildabeast, and BlackSpyder.
I'll check out the recommended board, Wildabeast.

I appreciate the suggestions, everybody.
It helps narrow down the reviews, I need to check out. :thumbsup:
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 10:34 AM

do any am2 mobos have that cruddy jmicron controller that intel boards use?

that's such a waste
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 11:08 AM

I believe that both AMD and nVIDIA southbridges still have at least one PATA port.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:11 PM

I've got a question, that I can't seem to find a straight answer for, so I was hoping someone here could help me out.

Is a SAPPHIRE 1Radeon X1650PRO CrossFire Supported Video Card compatible, with a motherboard using the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chip, or do I have to use an SLI card with the nForce 570?
I have no intention of using the Crossfire/SLI functions of either.
I just want to run a single video card.

Here's pretty much what I've decided on, so far:

Case - Rosewill R5604-TBK Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower
Motherboard - DFI INFINITY NF570 SLI-M2/G AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD
Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz Socket AM2 65W
Power Supply - SILVERSTONE ST50EF-Plus ATX 12V 2.2 500W
RAM - A-DATA Extreme Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel Kit (4-4-4-12-2T)
Video Card - SAPPHIRE Radeon X1650PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Supported
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
OS - XP Home With SP2B

I have a DVD +/- RW from my present system, that I'll be using.
I'm also replacing the IDE, and Floppy ribbon cables, with round cables.

This comes to a grand total of $685.72 (tax, title, and license :thumbsup:).
I believe this will do me for a few years to come.
I'll also have the option to do some serious upgrading, if necessary.
I'll be able to:
go from the X2 to the FX series of processors
add up to 2 more GB of RAM
add up to 4 more harddrives
add up to 3 more 5.25" devices
add more fans
go to SLI if the need arises

I'd appreciate if someone could check to see, if I have any other compatibility issues, other than the Crossfire/SLI question, I mentioned above.

Thanks for all help everyone's given, so far.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:16 PM

spend a few extra dollars and get a HD,dx10 capable card that's ready for h264 and/or vista

might take a fancy to high def someday
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:01 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, DaChew.
I thought about DX10, but decided to hold off for a couple of reasons.
The odds of using the comp for anything HD are slim, I won't be playing any games requiring it and the main reason, I'm going to avoid Vista for as long as I can :thumbsup:, so I really have no reason for it, right now.
If I do change my mind in the future, I can always upgrade.

Any comment on my original question; Crossfire card/SLI chipset compatability?
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:18 PM

the crossfire/sli should not be an issue but HD playback is not for games

h264 videos are the wave of the future

the ati 2400/2600 are budget entry level chips that were designed for high definition

we are going to see this trend get stronger in the next year

nvidia is playing catchup

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814161192

is true hd ready
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