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Old 02-06-03, 01:21 AM
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Looking for good MOTHERBOARD!

Fellas, I need sugestions... I am upgrading to a 2.0 AMD XP cpu and would like a good motherboard to go with it.

I want a gaming motherboard, as I play RTCW alot. If you have any sugestions I'd appreciate it but keep in mind that is has to be compatible with the AMD XP chip.

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Old 02-06-03, 01:25 AM
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What's a 2.0 AMD XP cpu? The Thoroughbred?

Check out the Asus A7V8X and A7N8X. If you want speed over an extra slot go with the A7N8X.
Old 02-06-03, 08:58 AM
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The Abit at7max2 is top of the line

http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/at7max2/
Old 02-06-03, 09:07 AM
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Either the Asus A7N8X or the Epox 8RDA. Both are very good bords, and have rated 1 and 2 on many review sites. There is a deluxe version of the asus board, and a + version of the Epox board that will give you intergraded 5.1 surround and a few other features also.

Epox review http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1328

Asus review http://www.motherboards.org/articles...ws/1216_1.html

Head to head (with a few others) shootout http://anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.html?i=1759
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I just ordered the EPOX 8RDA+ From Mwave. It was about $112 delivered. It has built in firewire, and 6 channel sound (supposedly better than SB Audigy). Be warned though that people with the Geforce 4 4200,4400,etc are experiencing problems because the AGP slot is close to the memory slot. These videocards are longer than ATI and people have lost their cards due to installation issues and running them on this MB. There is a post on AOAforums about this issue. For me it was not a problem since I have a ati 8500 and this MB can be tweaked quite well. Also, the similiar ASUS was $35 more.

I will be running a XP2100 and am still deciding on the memory.

Either way, get a NFORCE2 chipset board
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Update your bios as soon as you install it and only us Windows XP, the 8RDA doesn't work with 98 or ME, not sure about 2000.
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Thanks fellas. Any other recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

****X*** I was referring to the AMD XP 2400 computer chip.
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Originally posted by terminator911
****X*** I was referring to the AMD XP 2400 computer chip.
Oh. That's what I have in my A7V8X running at 2.25.
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I haven't looked in a while but Abit makes good boards, at least they did a few years ago when I bought mine
at that time they were one of the only ones to put 4 ide connectors for a total of 8 drives

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My last two boards have been abits and I've used several in the past as well as asus. The abits have been every bit as stable and good quality as the asuses I've owned, and are always priced better than asus, never had a problem with any of my abit boards. Therefore abit is my friend.
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*******THANKS*********

I think I'll go with the A7N8X Deluxe (ASUS) motherboard. I experience major lag problems when playing Return to Castle Wolfesntein (when running a server that is) so I am upgrading to see if it solves problem.

I am currently running:
OS: Windows XP Professional
MOBO: Shuttle AK32
RAM: 1 GB PC 133
VIDCARD: NVIDIA GFORCE4 Ti 4400
HDRIVE: 120 GB 7200 RPM
DVD Burner: Sony DRU-500A

HEHEHEHEHEEHE being a bit of a show off, right?
Thanks everyone.

Don't forget about Terminator 3 this summer :O)
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MSI boards are a good balance of price/performance. I've been putting them in systems for awhile now and I'm really happy with them. I personally think that the Asus and Abit boards are a bit overpriced and aren't much better than MSI... Soyo makes good boards too. Basically what you want to do is find a good chipset that you like and pick among a handful of the best board manufacturers... Asus, Abit, MSI, etc...
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If your getting a new Mobo to use with an AMD chip, you really should consider going with a board that utilizes the NForce2 chipset from nVidia. From the scores and benchmarks I've seen, they out peform the KT400 boards from VIA.

In addition the boards that have been mentioned already (Asus A7N8X, EPoX 8RDA) I would recommend the Abit NF7-S. The opinions on all three of the boards are very similar, with many people favoring a particular brand.

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