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Selecting Replacement Motherboard


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#1 Alchemist

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 02:16 PM

OK, having somehow screwed up a socket 370 board that I have, I am considering a replacement. It doesn't seem essential to get the exact same thing, just something that lets me re-use my Intel CPU, SDRAM, and AGP video card. What were some good motherboards in the socket 370/SDRAM/AGP 4x era? Does anyone have any favorites or know which had good reputations?

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 03:47 AM

Could you list what motherboard, make of computer, and model? Socket 370 motherboard are fairly cheap on ebay. Have you thought about a stripped down Dell or HP to install your componants in? The Dell GX100 it as excellent choice for that.
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Posted 02 June 2007 - 06:10 PM

The board that I damaged was a Tyan S1854/Trinity 400. It's an early FCPGA boad, with a slot 1 as well as a socket 370. I was thinking that it'd be a good idea to get something a little bit later in that generation. The CUSL2 is available for a decent price, for example. This is a socket 370 board that takes up to 1.5 Gb of RAM vs. the Tyan's 768 Mb. And it has faster IDE controllers (ATA100 vs. ATA66). The problem is that it's hard to find lists of 'known problems' for older boards like this. What if it had/has a compatibility problem with Matrox video cards? (My AGP video card is a Matrox G450). There's no easy way to check these things out. I presume I could find the last BIOS and manuals at the manufacturer site, but not 'special issues' like this.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:07 PM

I really don't think it would be worth the expense versus something newer. The $50-100 for ur mobo would just slow you down when you decide to buy a future computer. Just start checking out new stuff. Really, I don't think reviving it is worth the money.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 10:19 PM

The CUSL2-C is available on eBay for around $30, not $50-$100. Considering this would revive a complete working computer, while even a 'cheapie' new computer would run at least ten times that, I'd say it is a pretty good deal. I'll still be getting the new one when the dual core chips get their major prices cuts as quad (and more) core chips come out. Sometime near the end of this year, I think. :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 04:22 PM

So, does anyone have any information or opinions about the Asus CUSL2-C? Or a recommendation of some other well-regarded motherboard of that generation?

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 05:45 PM

I like Asus mobo's, but don't have any experience with the CUSL2-C.
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Posted 22 June 2007 - 03:17 PM

Well, the Intel chipset on that board appears to have a hard limit of 512 Mb. The CUV4X-C on the other hand has a limit of a full 1 Gb, which is much better. Any thoughts on this board? It uses the VIA Apollo chipset that was apparently considered pretty good in its time/generation.




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