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JJJDrums2000
08-09-04, 01:29 AM
I was wondering what the best motherboard would for a A64 3200+. Its main use is going to be for games. Also what is the best type of RAM to get without breaking the bank. Lastly will a geforce or ati video card work better with a specific mobo and processor?

Sazar
08-09-04, 01:52 PM
nf3-250 board... preferably the gigabit lan version (I believe they are referred to as the 250Gb or something)

example would be the MSI k8n board that Juice on these forums uses...

wrt ram it depends entirely on you and what you can get...

post a few links and go from there...

both nvidia and ati cards will work with the board... you just have to ensure that it is a relatively new card... some of the boards don't accept cards that aren't at least agp4x...

Dazz
08-09-04, 02:37 PM
Or the ASUS K8N DELXUE.

JJJDrums2000
08-09-04, 07:29 PM
Im not into overclocking my mobo, so take that as a factor to

Sazar
08-09-04, 07:41 PM
in that case either a k8t800 or nf3-250 board will do for you...

I am partial to MSI because I have used their boards from my socket A days... through my canterwood days thru to today and I have not been displeased :)

Gator
08-09-04, 09:09 PM
Gigabyte K8NS Pro
or
MSI K8N Neo Platinum

Gorion
08-09-04, 09:48 PM
all your answers are in the sig ;)

|JuiceZ|
08-09-04, 10:20 PM
If yer not o'cing go w/ either the Gigabyte K8NS or Chaintech ZNF3-250, for everything else there's the MSI K8N Neo & ASUS K8N-E ;)

JJJDrums2000
08-10-04, 12:28 AM
Cool, thanks everyone

JJJDrums2000
08-10-04, 04:58 PM
|JUICEZ| you basicly have the rig im upgrading to. Do you play doom 3 and how does your current rig handle it? Im also wondering if I should just upgrade to a a64 3000+ instead of a a64 3200+. Right now I have an 2.00ghz intel. Would the differences of the AMD's be recognizable to me or would the 3000+ be more than enough?

Gator
08-11-04, 10:52 AM
|JUICEZ| you basicly have the rig im upgrading to. Do you play doom 3 and how does your current rig handle it? Im also wondering if I should just upgrade to a a64 3000+ instead of a a64 3200+. Right now I have an 2.00ghz intel. Would the differences of the AMD's be recognizable to me or would the 3000+ be more than enough?

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2149&p=7

that chart shows CPU performance differences in Doom3. In my opinion, you should try to find an Athlon64 3200 Clawhammer because it has 1meg L2 cache. But if you can only find the Newcastle with 512K L2 cache, that's fine too.

Both the 3000 and 3200 are excellent, it's really a matter of yoru budget.

JJJDrums2000
08-11-04, 01:17 PM
Here are 3 combos of mobo and cpu. Im not into overclocking and I would like to spend the least possible. What do you guys think is the best choice:


1. Chaintech VNF3-250 / AMD Athlon 64 3200+ = 290.00

2. MSI K8N Neo Platinum / AMD Athlon 64 3200+ = 338.00

3. MSI K8N Neo Platinum / AMD Athlon 64 3000+ = 294.00

All of these come with free 2nd day air and a copy of farcry.

Gorion
08-11-04, 01:36 PM
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Gator
08-11-04, 09:15 PM
Here are 3 combos of mobo and cpu. Im not into overclocking and I would like to spend the least possible. What do you guys think is the best choice:


1. Chaintech VNF3-250 / AMD Athlon 64 3200+ = 290.00

2. MSI K8N Neo Platinum / AMD Athlon 64 3200+ = 338.00

3. MSI K8N Neo Platinum / AMD Athlon 64 3000+ = 294.00

All of these come with free 2nd day air and a copy of farcry.

Well I like option 2 the best because obviously I wanna recommend the faster 3200, and MSI is a better board than the Chaintech I think. But option 2 also goes over your limit. I haven't heard any real complaints about the Chaintech though, so I guess if you must have this upgrade below $300 than go with option 1. If you can bear to spend just a few dollars more, definetly option 2.

JJJDrums2000
08-12-04, 10:48 PM
Thanks again everyone, Im going with option 2.

Sazar
08-12-04, 10:49 PM
looks good :)

Gator
08-13-04, 05:26 AM
Thanks again everyone, Im going with option 2.

good choice