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Best motherboard for AMD Athlon

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by alexs2, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. alexs2

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    Just a quick question....I'm going to upgrade my old PC shortly,and wanted a few ideas as to the best motherboard for an AMD Athlon at the moment....also a few ideas for graphics cards.

    I wanted something in the region of this for a spec

    XP2800
    512Mb Ram
    120Gb HDD
    DVD/CD burner

    All advice appreciated....thanks.
     
  2. Miyazaki

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    if you go here http://www.aria.co.uk

    they let you build your own custom pc, usually good prices too.

    Regarding ram and hdd, its best to get as much as you can afford. Ram isn't expensive, you'll get a gig of good 400mhz ram for around £80 -£90 and get a bigger hdd mate, make sure it has a cache on it too, you'll need it! :)
     
  3. alexs2

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    Thanks...will have a look later!
     
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    For best performance get an nforce 2 board. The abit NF7-S (version 2) is one of the best around at the moment imo and offer ggod integrated sound too. Buy two 256mb sticks of memory to make use of the dual memory timing functionality of the mb. Make sure you purchase a good power supply (450watt) as Amd chips and current graphics cards need quite a bit of juice and it will give you a bit more leeway on upgrading in the future.
    Graphics cards come in varying shapes and sizes these days and are dictated by how much your prepared to spend. (anything up to >£400). I'd go for an ATI g card as they offer better performance and picture quality for the price and seem to outperform nvidia in most recent benchmarks/games. Give me an idea about what you are prepared to spend on a card and I'll be able to give you some pointers.
     
  5. alexs2

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    Ty Hawklord....I was going to go for at least a 400W PSU,so that sounds fine there.
    As for graphics cards,I didnt want to spend over £100 as like everything else,the specs etc change so rapidly that I'd be happy with fairly middle range CPU and GPU performance,and continue to upgrade later.
    BTW...do you have any views on the Gigabyte boards.
     
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    for normal 400Mhz ram ( 1 gig of ) you are looking at about £110
    for quality 400Mhz ram ( 1 gig of ) with lower latency , wait states etc you are looking at around £200

    I'd also recommend the Asus A7N8X deluxe mobo - fast, full featured and highly recomended
     
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    Thanks....will take a look at that MB also...on the subject of HDD's,I already have a Maxtor 250Gb Firewire drive,so am only looking for a smallish internal drive(120Gb or thereabouts) as boot drive and storage space.
     
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    Have one of these Asus A7N8X deluxe mobo and can highly recommend also.
     
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    here is a rough idea..most of this is top quality stuff..best product for price..
    DESCRIPTION QUANTITY PRICE COST REMOVE
    AMD Athlon "Barton" XP2600+ 333FSB (Socket A) CPU - Retail (CP-065-AM)
    £69.00 £69.00
    Abit NF7-S v2.0 nForce2 (Socket A) Motherboard (MB-028-AB)
    £66.50 £66.50
    TwinMOS 1GB (2x512MB) DDR PC3200 Dual Channel Kit (MY-007-TM)
    £117.50 £117.50
    Antec TruePower 430W PSU (CA-001-AN)
    £56.50 £56.50
    Hercules 3D Prophet 9800SE All-in-Wonder 128MB DDR - Retail (GX-027-HE)
    £139.95 £139.95
    Subtotal £449.45
    VAT £78.66
    Total £528.11

    thanks to www.overclockers.co.uk
    :smashin:
     
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    Gigabyte boards are a good buy also I'd shop around and find which is the best buy to be honest (as long as it's an nforce 2 board). I notice Komplete's got a special offer on a 9600 pro here:-

    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?action=info&sku=120315&cks=FRO

    an excellent card for the money imo.

    :devil:
     
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    Noise warning!
    watch out for noise mate! My amd sounds like a server cos i needed a big fan to cool the buggar!
     
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    Another vote for the Abit NF7-S (Rev 2) here.

    Worth considering 2x WD "Raptor" HDDs (SATA) in Raid 0 also. Not that cheap but blistering performance.

    I'd stick with 2x 256mb dimms (Winbond chipped stuff from Twinmos is excellent & cheap).

    I have an XP1700+ @ 2.4gHz in that Abit board (230+ FSB, dual channel), 2x Raptors & 2x 256mb Twinmos ram - great system

    :smashin:
     
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    Thanks for the advice everyone.....I've got quite a few things to look at there...I did have a good browse through the Overclockers site and found a lot I liked there.....will do a bit more research and see what to settle on.
     
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    I was talking to my mate last night and he has to have all the best stuff in his computer. He does a lot of research before buying, and had a Asus A7N8X deluxe MB in his machine.
     
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    I can vouch for the ASUS nForce II Deluxe v2 mobo as well. I've used 4 of them in my own and mates PCs. I also like to research before buying any PC component but of course theres always someone out there with better knowledge lol

    Either way, if its an AMD CPU get an nForce II mobo and two sticks of RAM. The nForce III should reach our shores soon to go with the AthlonFX, but thats another thread in itself ^_^
     
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    Thank you all...looks like the A7N8X gets the vote,and a 2.8GhZ Athlon should do nicely as well.....just have to tell some lies now and say the old PC has expired,in case she who must be obeyed asks.
     
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    Yep, me :D
     
  18. james.miller

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    abit nf7-s v2 here. better than the two asus a7n8x delux's ive used so id say the abit is the best socket a board you can get..........until the abit an7 arrives.
    you planning super-cooled water or phaze-change cooling? becuase you won't get 2.8ghz without them......
     
  19. Pulsar

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    Hello,

    referring to what james was saying, I have just setup watercooling on my PC.I use the nf7-s with a XP1700. I am now running safely @ 2.41 Ghz. I may go for a bigger overclock soon, but I can't find anything to stress my PC at this speed.

    Cheers

    Rob
     

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