Motherboard Recommendation Please

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Chu Gai, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    My ABit KD7 is dead. I'm not interested in upgrading and just want to reuse my existing stuff. The CPU is an AMD XP2600. Got some good suggestions? Any advantage in moving from the KD7 to the KT880 or the Nforce?
     
  2. Ken Chui

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    Chu:

    Did you want to stay with Abit, or will you consider other manufacturers (such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, etc.)? I'm using an MSI KT3 Ultra currently with no issues.
     
  3. Chu Gai

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    Doesn't matter Ken. I plan on upgrading once Vista ships so for now, I'd like to keep the memory, video cards and all that. If you recommend something, I'd appreciate a link to a place to buy. Those Socket A's are a little hard to find.
     
  4. Ken Chui

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    Chu:

    If you're looking to stay with ABIT, NewEgg.com has the ABIT KW7 KT880 motherboard for $58.50 (+ $4.85 S/H). They also have a couple of EPoX motherboards (EPoX EP-8KRAIPRO ($48.99; VIA KT880 chipset) and EPoX EP-8RDA6+ ($78.99; nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset). They have other Socket A boards, but those are refurbished and/or use Sis chipsets.

    ZipZoomFly.com is another reputable e-tailer (I've done business with them, and every bit as good as NewEgg). They also stock the EPoX EP-8KRAIPRO ($51.50 shipped) and MSI K7N2 Delta2-LSR ($59.99 shipped; nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset). Their ASUS mobos are backordered.

    MWave.com is another solid e-tailer. They have the EPoX EP-8KRAIPRO in stock for $44.50 (not sure about S/H cost).
     
  5. Chu Gai

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    Thanks for some of the tips Ken. I'll check 'em out and pick up one of them.
     
  6. Mike Fassler

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    abit NF7-S with Nforce2 chipset best damn mobo you can get for an athlon xp.
    Ideally for athlon xp series you want Nforce2 chipset if you want features and performance for your money. I run an NF7-S
    with my barton 2500+ system overclocked to 2.2 and still stable as day one. Nforce2 has killer onboard audio that uses the soundstorm APU, it processes realtime 5.1 audio [​IMG] Just make sure you get ver 2.0 or higher.



    http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/...ries=1&model=6
     
  7. Max Leung

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    I have the same setup as you Mike. Works really well - except I'm a little braver and am running an Athlon XP Mobile 2500+ at 2.4 Ghz. [​IMG]

    I did have stability issues recently, but i discovered that my case fan was running slower than it was new - now everything is fine. [​IMG] (I have a passively cooled heatsink on the CPU and one 120mm fan in an Antec P180 case)

    I got my NF7-S a year ago - I decided I wanted the Soundstorm features instead of upgrading to the Athlon 64s. At the time Intel had terrible solutions.
     
  8. Chu Gai

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    I would think that most of the NForce2 400 Ultra's would be pretty much the same. Your thoughts gents?
     
  9. Ken Chui

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    The benchmarks are fairly comparable (though some are better overclockers than others), so it comes down to features. With so very few offerings at retail today, it may be a moot discussion.

    While I do agree that the ABIT NF7-S rev. 2.0 ranks among the best of the nForce2 Ultra 400 mobo offerings, there's the matter of availability (or lack thereof) at retail or online.

    Don't forget the KT880-based motherboards. The VIA KT880 chipset offers a dual-channel memory controller (like the nForce2 Ultra 400), performs slightly better in application benchmarks, has native Serial ATA RAID support (unavailable in the nForce2 Ultra 400), though the audio from nVidia's SoundStorm supercedes the VT8237's integrated audio controller.
     
  10. Mike Fassler

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    I would agree chipset wise they are the same, but there are some differences from manufacture to manufacture, for example if i remember correctly one of them from ASUS had dual lan one of them gigabit and the other 10/100 mine doesnt have dual or gigabit which would have been kinda cool, but i cant complain Ive never had any issues with my Abit stability wise or otherwise. Its one of the best mobos Ive ever owned to date. In the next few months Ill be making the plunge into a new gaming system, so ill be researching all the current stuff, hopefully by then socket AM2 will be out and the socket 939 procs i want will be a bit cheaper in cost.
     
  11. Ken Chui

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    Well, the good news is that the new AM2 processor will be available for purchase beginning May 15 (suggested system builder prices (SSBP) below), which could pave the way for 939 price drops:

    Processor / SSBP
    Athlon 64 FX-62 $1,236
    Athlon 64 X2 5000+ $696
    Athlon 64 X2 4800+ $645
    Athlon 64 X2 4600+ $558
    Athlon 64 X2 4400+ $469
    Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $365
    Athlon 64 X2 4000+ $328
    Athlon 64 X2 3800+ $303
    Athlon 64 3800+ $290
    Athlon 64 3500+ $208
    Sempron 3600+ $123
    Sempron 3500+ $109
    Sempron 3400+ $97
    Sempron 3000+ $77
    Sempron 2800+ $67
     

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