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Old 06-16-04, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Trying for an econo-priced A64

I'm in the market for an econo-priced Athlon64. I don't wanna overclock, and I don't wanna buy the A64 2800 model because I feel funny about running 1.92ghz now and "upgrading" to 1.8ghz, I just won't do it. And besides my father has an A64 3000 so my pride would be shot if his was running faster than me. And although I'd love the 3200's 1meg L2 cache... I've decided an A64 3000 retail probably fits my budget best at $223.

Now the question is motherboard. I won't buy VIA, only NF3 250 or SIS755. Newegg has:

Gigabyte K8NS Pro (Nforce3 250) at $135. This board is my first choice because I trust Gigabyte brand, but it puts me at $358

Chaintech VNF3-250 (Nforce3 250) at $92. Price is good and I like Nforce3, but since when does Chaintech make motherboards??? I know they make video cards, but motherboards? Can I trust them for that?

Foxconn 755A01-6EKRS (SIS755) at $92. Price is good and I like SIS755 and the board layout is fine, but who the heck is Foxconn?!

Asrock K8S8X (SIS755) at $84. Best price there is, but I really don't like the board layout at all. I'm probably not gonna pick this unless someone on here convinces me otherwise.

Gigabyte K8NS non-pro (Nforce3 250). Does anyone know when this is coming out and for how much? I saw it on Gigabyte's site but haven't seen it for sale yet. If it's coming out soon, I can wait for it, but I haven't seen much about it yet

A motherboard is the most important component in a computer, I don't wanna pick the wrong one.
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Old 06-16-04, 10:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: Trying for an econo-priced A64

anandtech did a shoot out on a bunch of a64 mobos. might want to check em out.
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Old 06-16-04, 10:24 AM   #3
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From your listed I'd grab the Chaintech VNF3-250. Feedback has shown it performs extremely well, even for those o'cing. Its gonna be the best bargain right now. And even though your not planning to o'c, the a64 3000+ (newcastle) is a very good one. Seen several post from guys running @ 2.5Ghz+.
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Old 06-16-04, 04:04 PM   #4
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The foxconn mobo is just as good as the Asrock but has more on it. Foxconn has been making mobos for a long time but for OEM but now have a retail line now. I have good things about this foxconn mobo and reviewer like it too for its price.
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Old 06-16-04, 05:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: Trying for an econo-priced A64

Ah the hell with it, the budget went out the window and I just made my purchase at newegg:

Athlon64 3200 1meg L2 retail - $282
Gigabyte K8NS Pro - $135
FarCry CDROM - $free
total = $417

Should be here on Monday, and looking forward to it.

I'm gonna go transfer an additional $417 now to my joint savings account with my fiance, it makes me feel less guilty about a purchase like this. Damn you guys really shouldn't tempt me like this!!!
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Old 06-17-04, 12:49 AM   #6
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...Damn you guys really shouldn't tempt me like this!!!
Hey you started it! Have phun
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I'd have taken the Foxconn board, myself!

Foxconn Inc. is better known by their parent company -- Hon Hai Precision Co. Ltd.

Hon Hai, a $10 billion firm and Taiwan's largest private manufacturer (e.g. OEMs and professional IT grade equipment), shipped approximately 26 million motherboards last year to its customers last year which then resold them under its own brand name much like ECS does with PC-Chips and their other subsidiaries. As its name implies, the "Foxconn" arm of Hon Hai is mainly known for its connectors and cable assemblies but expanded their product line in order to bring Hon Hai's motherboard manufacturing expertise to the retail sector. I recently attended a computer trade show and Foxconn products had an even larger presence than Chaintech or ECS ... if that tells you anything!

If not ... try this on for size and wonder if Foxconn isn't ECS and Asus's worst enemy!

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/.../01/2003074212
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Old 06-17-04, 04:28 AM   #8
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I'd have taken the Foxconn board, myself!...
Indeed Foxconn sounds impressive, but I wanted the Nforce3 250 chipset over the SIS755. I trust SIS, but I just felt more comfortable with Nforce, and I knew I could find much more forum support as an Nforce owner. And besides, in the off chance I do decide to overclock the Nforce is much better suited since it has working AGP/PCI lock. And finally, I'm comfortable with the Gigabyte name and it was much first choice to begin with.

Thanks for the info on Foxconn though, good to know.
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Old 06-22-04, 12:15 AM   #9
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Well I installed everything tonight, and me likey this Athlon64. Every does indeed seem to run smoother, that integrated memory controller is probably key.

I'm very happy with this upgrade from my AXP2600. UT2k4, 3dmarks, Halo, and Sandra all went up in performance.

Word of warning though: Gigabyte K8NSPro has a bug that they are working on in the next BIOS update... many people with DDR400 memory will only get DDR333 performance. I've tried a beta bios but it's still stuck at 333. Hopefully they'll get that fix soon. Otherwise everything seems to be great so far

EDIT: I got the Beta biso working, DDR is now 400mhz
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Athlon64 3200 1meg L2 retail - $282
Gigabyte K8NS Pro - $135
FarCry CDROM - $free
total = $417
and watching the cpu fry becouse the fan dies ...PRICELESS
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and watching the cpu fry becouse the fan dies ...PRICELESS
This is not a mastercard commercial!!!!!!! LOL

And actually I got the board for only $118, Newegg is giving me price protectgion because they lowered it only 2 days later
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