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Motherboard/Processor

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by sapper, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. sapper

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    An old MESH AMD Athlon 1900XP machine died last night, cannot even boot up in safe mode. Gut feeling is the hard drive has died.

    Yes I could replace the hard drive, but I am contemplating building a repalcement machine.

    Anyone like to suggest a motherboard and processor combination. It is for the study, and so whislt soem media applications will be used, it is primarily as a working PC. Only request is that i can set up a RAID array for data storage if I chose to.

    Any comments, suggestions?


    Adrian
     
  2. OneEleven

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    MSI RS480 or EQS M56K9 with a S939 3000+
    Both have onboard PCIExpress x300, so you won't have to think about a gfx card just yet either.
     
  3. rdhir

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    I just built a very nice system for penuts based on

    Antec Minuet II
    ASRock KNF4G-SATA2
    Athlon 64 Sempron 3100+
    Corsair Value Select PC3200
    WD SATA 80GB HD

    It was very cheap to make the whole things and it worked well. My only issue in building was a shorting between the case motherboard, but some paper/silicone washers fixed that (less hassle than returning).

    I picked the core parts up from microdirect, though eBuyer was similar.

    The final system looks very nice, is really quiet (supports AMD Cool n Quiet) . The VGA ia built in and is similar to geforce 6200 (shared video memory).

    Cheers

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  4. sapper

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    Since I have a 300 GB Maxtor Diamond 10 hard drive that I have recently purchased, It needs to be IDe compatable.

    What is the advantage of a SATA drive over a IDE hard drive?

    If I had a motherbaord which had a SATA drive, can I convert the maxtor diamond 10 into a SATA drive ??

    I am sure I have seen conversion kits soem where

    Adrian
     
  5. BenchyUK

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    My system about a year ago cost about £1,500 but now can be picket up for about £1,000

    Ausus A8V Motherboard
    AMD 3500 Processor
    1GB Ram
    Geforce 6800gt 256mb Graphics Card
    2x Maxator Hard Drives
    DVD-RW (Dual Layered)

    I must change my Asus IceStar Processor Fan as it sound like a plane if flying past. They siad it would make my PC Silent. It might be a case of changing the power supply aswell
     
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    In this setup , the only advantage would be the nice thin cables SATA use.
    All motherboards on the market at the moment still have IDE connections AFAIK
     
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    sata are now a bit cheaper at the large capacity >160GB

    The board I mentioned above has 1 IDE so it would not be good if reusing old drives,

    but most have 2IDE 2SATA so its up to you.

    Rajiv
     

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