Motherboard hell!


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Booger Bandit

OK, I've bought my Athlon 64 3800+ and ready to buy a motherboard.
I feel like I'm being forced into buying a board that I really don't
want/need. I DON'T want a SLI/Crossfire board. Or a socket AM2. I've
already got the CPU, and don't want to buy another one.Don't need
it, don't want it. And that means slim pickin's for any other type.

Sure would appriciate some advise on which brand and available
board to get. Here's my requirements. I'm not a gamer or plan to do
any over clocking:

Full ATX board, no micro's (I got big stubby fingers)
Socket 939
ONE PCI-express slot
nVidia chipset
Less than $100USD (incld shipping)

The two that I was considering the most were an Abit KN8 Ultra and
an Asus A8N-E. I have found these in some internet stores, but their
ratings (the stores) were less than desireable and WAY over priced.

Any suggestions (keep it clean) would be greatly recieved.
Thanks.
 
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Mike T.

Booger Bandit said:
OK, I've bought my Athlon 64 3800+ and ready to buy a motherboard.
I feel like I'm being forced into buying a board that I really don't
want/need. I DON'T want a SLI/Crossfire board. Or a socket AM2. I've
already got the CPU, and don't want to buy another one.Don't need
it, don't want it. And that means slim pickin's for any other type.

Sure would appriciate some advise on which brand and available
board to get. Here's my requirements. I'm not a gamer or plan to do
any over clocking:

Full ATX board, no micro's (I got big stubby fingers)
Socket 939
ONE PCI-express slot
nVidia chipset
Less than $100USD (incld shipping)

The two that I was considering the most were an Abit KN8 Ultra and
an Asus A8N-E. I have found these in some internet stores, but their
ratings (the stores) were less than desireable and WAY over priced.

Any suggestions (keep it clean) would be greatly recieved.
Thanks.
The following looks very tasty, in a board that meets your listed wish list.
Foxconn is lesser known in the mainboard market, but they make VERY high
quality PC components, so I wouldn't hesitate to buy them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186037
I think you'll find that deal tough to beat. But others you should
consider:

http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?src=FG&item=77162
MSI is a good brand, axiontech a good vendor

http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?src=FG&item=73697
Biostar is a good reliable brand, axiontech is a good vendor. Only caution
here is a wierd xgp port???

-Dave
 
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WooHoo2You

Booger Bandit said:
OK, I've bought my Athlon 64 3800+ and ready to buy a motherboard.
I feel like I'm being forced into buying a board that I really don't
want/need. I DON'T want a SLI/Crossfire board. Or a socket AM2. I've
already got the CPU, and don't want to buy another one.Don't need
it, don't want it. And that means slim pickin's for any other type.

Sure would appriciate some advise on which brand and available
board to get. Here's my requirements. I'm not a gamer or plan to do
any over clocking:

Full ATX board, no micro's (I got big stubby fingers)
Socket 939
ONE PCI-express slot
nVidia chipset
Less than $100USD (incld shipping)

The two that I was considering the most were an Abit KN8 Ultra and
an Asus A8N-E. I have found these in some internet stores, but their
ratings (the stores) were less than desireable and WAY over priced.

Any suggestions (keep it clean) would be greatly recieved.
Thanks.
Personally I do not see any problem with having features on a mobo that you
don't plan on using, if it fits into your price range...buy it. If you
wanted a Micro ATX motherboard, I would understand having only one PCI-e
slot, but what's the harm in having two? It may help resale value /
upgradeability down to road, you just never know what new hardware might
require in a few months/years.

I am guessing you have a socket 939 AMD chip, so AM2 would not even be an
option.

___________
WooHoo2You
 
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Paul

Booger said:
OK, I've bought my Athlon 64 3800+ and ready to buy a motherboard.
I feel like I'm being forced into buying a board that I really don't
want/need. I DON'T want a SLI/Crossfire board. Or a socket AM2. I've
already got the CPU, and don't want to buy another one.Don't need
it, don't want it. And that means slim pickin's for any other type.

Sure would appriciate some advise on which brand and available
board to get. Here's my requirements. I'm not a gamer or plan to do
any over clocking:

Full ATX board, no micro's (I got big stubby fingers)
Socket 939
ONE PCI-express slot
nVidia chipset
Less than $100USD (incld shipping)

The two that I was considering the most were an Abit KN8 Ultra and
an Asus A8N-E. I have found these in some internet stores, but their
ratings (the stores) were less than desireable and WAY over priced.

Any suggestions (keep it clean) would be greatly recieved.
Thanks.
For the suggestions you get, I recommend downloading the manual
before you buy. Have a careful look through the BIOS description.
You don't want a surprise, like finding you cannot set a clock,
a memory timing or command rate, Vdimm, Vcore etc. Boards
vary dramatically, in how well the BIOS is designed.

Paul
 
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Jeff H

Booger Bandit said:
OK, I've bought my Athlon 64 3800+ and ready to buy a motherboard.
I feel like I'm being forced into buying a board that I really don't
want/need. I DON'T want a SLI/Crossfire board. Or a socket AM2. I've
already got the CPU, and don't want to buy another one.Don't need
it, don't want it. And that means slim pickin's for any other type.

Sure would appriciate some advise on which brand and available
board to get. Here's my requirements. I'm not a gamer or plan to do
any over clocking:

Full ATX board, no micro's (I got big stubby fingers)
Socket 939
ONE PCI-express slot
nVidia chipset
Less than $100USD (incld shipping)

The two that I was considering the most were an Abit KN8 Ultra and
an Asus A8N-E. I have found these in some internet stores, but their
ratings (the stores) were less than desireable and WAY over priced.

Any suggestions (keep it clean) would be greatly recieved.
Thanks.

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Booger Bandit
Ahhhh, bliss!
Now filtering all posts from Google Groups
BB, check out this board from the EPoX store:

http://www.epoxstore.com/Product_Detail.asp?Product_ID=1081

I've been running it for 18 months, and haven't had an issue w/ it.
Only issue you'll likely have is the chipset heatsink fan. Simply replace
it w/ an aftermarket one.

Only downside to purchasing from EPoX store is you'll have to have
a PayPal account. They don't take credit cards anymore, after being
hacked recently.

Jeff
 
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Michael Hawes

Mike T. said:
The following looks very tasty, in a board that meets your listed wish
list. Foxconn is lesser known in the mainboard market, but they make VERY
high quality PC components, so I wouldn't hesitate to buy them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186037
I think you'll find that deal tough to beat. But others you should
consider:

http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?src=FG&item=77162
MSI is a good brand, axiontech a good vendor

http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?src=FG&item=73697
Biostar is a good reliable brand, axiontech is a good vendor. Only
caution here is a wierd xgp port???

-Dave
I have the MSI board. It works well, has built in auto overclock to
+11%, and I set it to overclock my Athlon64 3700 to manual overclock of 20%.
Have now got 4200+ which just dropped in, no trouble. Is running in dual
memory mode with 2x 512 and 2x 256 DDR400, different brands, no problems.
Would definately reccomend this board.

Mike.
 
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p.j.rudden

Bought one of theses Foxcon/Winfast boards.So far,nothing but trouble.I'm
assuming it's just this board. I have an rma request in the pipeline now.
 

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