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styles-T
12-02-02, 04:28 PM
Im looking to get a new motherboard 200$ and under..

What would be the best motherboard or chipset? Nforce, KT, SiS etc.??

This rig will mostly be used for gaming..

Whats going into the sytem as of right now..I plan on upgrading piece by piece..starting with the motherboard..

Athlon XP 1600
GFti4600
2 Sticks of Crucial 256 DDR (512)
Sound Blaster Live

If anybody has a great experience with a motherboard make and model please post away...

Thx!

pelly
12-02-02, 05:19 PM
Personally, I like the sounds of the new Abit NF7-S. Overall though, you can't go wrong with any of the new nForce2 mobos...Every review has raved about the performance/stability of the motherboard and it is easily the fastest ( and most future-proof by supporting 400FSB Bartons ) motherboard money can buy right now...

With 2 sticks, you can even take advantage of the dual-channel feature!

:D

ReDeeMeR
12-02-02, 06:26 PM
yea ^^^ what he said. :)

styles-T
12-02-02, 07:14 PM
I was thinking of going with the ASUS A7N8X..:cool:

pelly
12-02-02, 07:34 PM
If you opt for the Asus ( great board ), be sure to realize that there are two models....

The standard A7N8X comes with Realtek onboard audio

The A7N8X Deluxe uses the killer SoundStorm Dolby-Digital 6-channel audio and also has Serial-ATA connectors

Standard (http://www.asus.com/products/mb/socketa/a7n8x/overview.htm)

vs.

Deluxe (http://www.asus.com/products/mb/socketa/a7n8x-d/overview.htm)


In my opinion, the deluxe is more than worth the extra money...

:D

pelly
12-02-02, 08:05 PM
http://www.lostcircuits.com/motherboard/asus_a7n8x/

SocketAzzWipe
12-02-02, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by pelly


In my opinion, the deluxe is more than worth the extra money...

:D

Beats buying a PCI bandwidth sucking Creative Audigy2 and a PCI latency crapped Via.

StealthHawk
12-02-02, 11:53 PM
Originally posted by SocketAzzWipe
Beats buying a PCI bandwidth sucking Creative Audigy2 and a PCI latency crapped Via.

most people probably don't even use PCI slots except for modems, network cards, or sound cards.

Nemesis
12-03-02, 08:22 AM
Originally posted by pelly
If you opt for the Asus ( great board ), be sure to realize that there are two models....

The standard A7N8X comes with Realtek onboard audio

The A7N8X Deluxe uses the killer SoundStorm Dolby-Digital 6-channel audio and also has Serial-ATA connectors

Standard (http://www.asus.com/products/mb/socketa/a7n8x/overview.htm)

vs.

Deluxe (http://www.asus.com/products/mb/socketa/a7n8x-d/overview.htm)


In my opinion, the deluxe is more than worth the extra money...

:D

I've just built a system for a guy at work based on the A7N8X Deluxe, and it's a fantastic board. The integrated sound is superb, and those NForce 2 drivers just rock - what joy it is to load the whole damn lot, inc sound, in one go! The board also talks to inform you of POST issues, if that rings your bell ;)

Tactics
12-03-02, 10:04 AM
Man I really want to get another board but I think i'm just going to wait for the KT400a next month. I would go with the ASUS NF2 but I'll have to format and go all through that. I wish we could get away without doing it but understandablely it's a totally different chipset. :rolleyes:

Smokey
12-03-02, 01:15 PM
I myself would love to have a nForce2 motherboard, only read good things about them!!

styles-T
12-03-02, 02:00 PM
Thx for the info guys..

Esp. Pelly for the links..Im going with the deluxe =)

pelly
12-03-02, 02:22 PM
Awesome!

Be sure to let us know how you like it!

:D

PenguinJim
12-03-02, 02:56 PM
Yay! I have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe thingy and it's kinda cool :)

That's my two cents, btw. It's ace. Sound is great, everything works fine, passive cooling is efficient and quiet :D

stncttr908
12-03-02, 08:18 PM
Definitely the Asus A7N8X Deluxe...its on my newegg wish list! :cool:

****...I don't think I'm going to have a single PCI card in that thing! :)

Let's see...

Integrated sound (that's good for a change)
Dual LAN integrated (sweet)
No need for dialup modem...
No need for extra firewire (or any at the moment)
Enough onboard USB ports to last me awhile.

That's awesome.

Alright, so maybe a slot cooler. :cool:

Ascario
12-04-02, 04:12 AM
I'ld say the Epox 8RDA+!
Or if you can bare the wait, the 8RDA2+ which should have DualLan, S-ATA RAID and perhaps even rounded cables...
You think i'm making this up? I beg to differ, and so does this poster (http://www.epox.nl/images/nforceposter.zip) available to download from the Epox.nl website.
Beware, it's pretty large (3.5MB zip file)!

Gator
12-04-02, 12:53 PM
another vote for NForce2, especially the Asus one it has it all for only $153us ;)

K-Jax
12-05-02, 02:01 PM
Originally posted by StealthHawk
most people probably don't even use PCI slots except for modems, network cards, or sound cards.

Speaking of networking, I have a Zoom Cable Modem in my PCI slot. With only one PCI slot free, I'm looking to purchase a mobo with 6 PCI slot. One of the Epox-based nforce2 boards comes to mind for a likely purchase.

gokickrocks
12-09-02, 01:02 PM
my vote is for the epox 8rda+, for $130 and a 250FSB max...you cant go wrong...

styles-T
12-09-02, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by gokickrocks
my vote is for the epox 8rda+, for $130 and a 250FSB max...you cant go wrong...

I thought it was a 333FSB

StealthHawk
12-09-02, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by !plonk*
I thought it was a 333FSB

it is 333FSB, and as its an nforce 2 board it should support 400FSB too.

the 250 number just makes no sense no matter how you look at it.

gokickrocks
12-09-02, 08:23 PM
333fsb is the marketing term...

333 is actually 166fsb (but since its DDR, it comes out to be 333)

so 250FSB is 500 in marketing terms

the higher max FSB is for overclockers...abit currently only has up to 237 (474)

Lyran
12-09-02, 11:38 PM
ECS K7S5A!
Good stability, good speed, INCREDIBLY CHEAP, (so-so RAM compatibility). Why not?
Okay, seriously, go for a NFORCE 2, or a board that takes DDR 400. Good luck.