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Arevires
01-19-04, 03:49 PM
So here's my story. I recieved $300 big ones for me b-day and i really need to upgrade my cpu and motherboard. I currently have a crappy celeron @ 2.0 with an intel 845GL. I want an Athlon XP(2400+ or 2500+) But I am unsure about the motherboard.


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it has to be u-Atx
I would rather it not have int. graphics
I would like for it to not suck more than my current mobo
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Do you guys have any suggestions?

saturnotaku
01-19-04, 03:53 PM
You're not going to find a mATX board without integrated graphics. That said, you can get a Shuttle nForce2-based system. Nice SFF machine, solid integrated audio, AGP 8x and other stuff.

You can get more information at Newegg and other sites.

Gator
01-19-04, 03:56 PM
why not simply keep your current motherboard and hardware, and simply replace the Celeron with a P4 ?

Arevires
01-19-04, 04:05 PM
I just cannot justify the extra cost of the P4 and my current mobo has no AGP 8x slot so it has got to go.

Malfunction
01-19-04, 06:25 PM
1) Does your current mobo have an AGP Slot?

*Reason - Most 845GL mobo's I've seen don't is why I ask. If it does, this increases the potential of the board.

Solution #1:

If your mobo currently offers a 4xAGP slot, then moving to something with a 8xAGP doesn't make sense just for that reason. I would suggest you go with a

P4 2.8 533FSB = $196 at Newegg
GAINWARD GeForce4 TI4200 Video Card = $89 at Newegg

Solution #2:

If you don't have a AGP slot, then ofcourse you are gonna want to upgrade to a mobo that does. Off the top of my skull I would say

XP 1700+ = $48 at Newegg
Thermaltake VOLCANO 10+ = $23 Newegg
Shuttle MN31N = $87 at Newegg
GAINWARD GeForce4 TI4200 Video Card = $89 at Newegg

Overclock the CPU to a nice 2Ghz which is pretty good CPU power to be at.

That's my $.02

Peace,

:afro:

ragejg
01-19-04, 09:27 PM
Originally posted by saturnotaku
You're not going to find a mATX board without integrated graphics. That said, you can get a Shuttle nForce2-based system. Nice SFF machine, solid integrated audio, AGP 8x and other stuff.

You can get more information at Newegg and other sites.

There ARE mATX nforce2's without integrated gfx... Chaintech and Soltek make them, methinks... time to go diggin, I'll be back in a bit...

:)

ragejg
01-19-04, 09:32 PM
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?DEPA=&sumit=Go&description=13%2D152%2D024&searchdepa=0

$59.00

My impression is that it's nothing more than a sized down 7NJL1, which IMO is a very nice ***WORTH THE MONEY*** nforce2, certainly capable of handling decent overclocks...

ragejg
01-19-04, 09:36 PM
ok th e OC options on that 7NIL1-Summit are limited, but heck, if you get a Barton2500 you can just kick the fsb up to 200 and there you go, a Barton 3200... And you can always OC more if you really wanna using www.ocinside.de 's methods...

:)

{Sniping}Waste
01-20-04, 03:43 PM
There is a u-ATX Nforce 3 made by Gigabyte for around $85-95 US and a A64 3000+ for about $225. No onboard video on this board.