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Old 04-10-06, 06:20 PM
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Need help choosing a Motherboard for Athlon x2

I'm building a new pc and I need some help with a motherboard and a few other compenents.

I'd like a motherboard with 3 usable PCI slots and at least one 16x PCIe. The video card will have a fan, so it will most likely make one PCI slot useless. Onboard IEEE 1394 would be nice, but not required. SATA 3.0 gb/s would be great but not required. I'm not sure what kind of fan I'm going to get yet. I'll be running an Athlon 64 x2 3800+. I was thinking about a Zalman Fan, but due to their size, I'm afraid it may get in the way with some motherboard fans on the north bridge. I'd like to stay close to $100 if at all possible.

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give.
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How about the Asus A8N5X. It offers:

- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
- 1 x PCI Express x4 slot (maximum 1GB/s bandwidth)
- 2 x PCI Express x1
- 3 x PCI
- NVIDIA nForce4 chipset
- Up to 4GB RAM/ Dual Channel DDR Architecture
- 4 x SATA
- 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
- NVRAID : RAID0, RAID1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD span cross SATA and PATA
- Max. 10 USB2.0 ports

Back Panel I/O:

1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Parallel
1 x RJ45
4 x USB
8-Channel Audio I/O

Plus various other features. I believe it has SATA 3.0, but I'm not completely sure. I do know that the Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard has SATA 3.0, but it's a very expensive board. Here's a direct link to both.

http://usa.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...96&modelmenu=1

http://usa.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...44&modelmenu=1

I've had 3 Asus mobos with no problems whatsoever. They're rock-solid and very stable. But there are many good motherboard manufacturers in addition to Asus. Abit, Gigabyte, etc. It just depends on what you want at what price.

As for CPU fans, I always use AMD's fan. High quality fan that gets the job done. I used a Thermaltake TR2 fan when I built my brother's PC. It has worked flawlessly and has done a very good job keeping the CPU cool. The Zalmans are very good, but they are quite large.

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Old 04-11-06, 03:41 PM
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I have always had good luck with ASUS and AMD processors. The A8N5X is a nice board.
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I usually get ASUS also, however, I currently have this board and I've been very happy with it: http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p...tinum&class=mb
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My next PC will also probably be the MSI K8N Neo4 MB referenced above, lots of good features, and PCI slots (relative to the other MBs with 1 or 2 PCI slots these days).
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How is the noise level on the K8N's fan?

By the way, I bought the X1800GTO video card....if that information is helpful.
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Originally Posted by Absolute Zero
I'm building a new pc and I need some help with a motherboard and a few other compenents.

I'd like a motherboard with 3 usable PCI slots and at least one 16x PCIe. The video card will have a fan, so it will most likely make one PCI slot useless. Onboard IEEE 1394 would be nice, but not required. SATA 3.0 gb/s would be great but not required. I'm not sure what kind of fan I'm going to get yet. I'll be running an Athlon 64 x2 3800+. I was thinking about a Zalman Fan, but due to their size, I'm afraid it may get in the way with some motherboard fans on the north bridge. I'd like to stay close to $100 if at all possible.

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give.
If you can find an SLi mobo, you'll have much more room for your PCIe x16 video card.

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