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#1 DnDer

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:31 PM

In my other topic, I discovered my board was bad and I need a new one. I can list my hardware, but I've never had to go out and buy a motherboard before, so I'm hoping for some good (budget?) recommendations.

AMD Atholon XP 3200+ 2200mhx
1gb ram (pc 2700), 1gb ram (pc 3200)
nVidia GeForce FX5500, 128mb
WD800JD (Caviar Blue) 80gb hdd
Belkin Wireless G Network Card

And I have one optical drive. But that's not a big worry. It's the stuff that sits on/in the motherboard that really powers your decision, right?

The only requirement, I suppose is it has to be ATX (30.5 x 22.4 - my previous board), and AMD Socket-A compatible.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:51 PM

That CPU is socket A and is getting long in the tooth, thus the boards arent really manufactured much any more, ebay is worth a look though.

Edited by Axegrinder, 17 March 2009 - 02:52 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:06 PM

Right. But is there a brand or model of motherboard you guys like to use? A consensus (like there is about using Avira over McAfee, for example) on the board about who's best - even for used, long-in-the-tooth hardware?

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:24 PM

Asus or Gigabyte are my preferred brands. Most Socket A/Athlon chipsets are either NVidia (NForce2)or VIA, and I guess I am in the minority but I have had fewer problems with the VIA chipsets (KT333/KT400/KT600). As stated above, they aren't made anymore so you are limited to used or old stock parts.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:42 PM

I found one at Tigerdirect.com Its a PCchips while not the best brand its only 40 bucks. I have even at desperate times Used an ECS (Not Usually endorsed by Members here) board that still seems to be running ok, that or the lady lost my phone number. :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 08:47 PM

I used that particular PCchips board for a customer salvage job a little over a year ago. No problems yet. I bought it on Newegg (I think it was Newegg) and it was likely about the last they had in stock. Even back then it was the last of the Socket A boards you could get new.

Edited by dpunisher, 17 March 2009 - 08:50 PM.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:03 PM

Probably be more worth it to get one of those mobo+processor combos I see for sale, and just put my old RAM and video card and HDD in it? Call the processor a wash?

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:05 PM

Probably be more worth it to get one of those mobo+processor combos I see for sale, and just put my old RAM and video card and HDD in it? Call the processor a wash?


Well, the problem is the RAM won't fit a newer board, same for the video card. If he wants to use his current components, he is locked into that type mobo. I look at broken PCs as a reason to upgrade.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:33 PM

I generally recomend Gigabyte or ASUS motherboards, especially if your buying them used. :D

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:58 AM

Even though newer RAM would be necessary...newer RAM is actually cheaper (and, in some cases, is provided with the combo).

The speed increase and the reliability factor provided by newer parts would push me in the direction of an inexpensive motherboard/CPU combo, if money is the prime consideration.

IMO, it's certainly worth researching for a few minutes.

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