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Joshua Clinard

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It's time for me to build my own PC. I have started looking at cases, motherboards, and processors. Here's what I have so far.

Aspire TurboCase

I'm looking at some motherboards, but haven't been able to find quite what I want. I looked at a few that meet most of my feature requirements, but reviews say the boards were not entirely stable. I'm looking to spend $75 or less on the motherboard, and about 125 on the processor. If anyone can find a mobo that meets these requirements, and has decent reviews, I'd appreciate it.
  • Support for Pentium 4 (or comparable AMD Processor)
  • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
  • Firewire Port
  • Decent On-Board Video
  • AGP slot for upgradability
  • 3 PCI slots

Will use following components from old PC.
  • 40 GB Hard Drive
  • Audio Card
  • 56k Modem
 

SethH

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Here's a link to an Abit board at Newegg.com: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...127-172&depa=0

It looks like a really good board. I've been very happy with my new Abit board (slot 775 instead of 478). This board doesn't have a firewire port, but none on Newegg have onboard video and firewire for under $75. I'd recommend picking up a firewire PCI card off Ebay for about $15.
 

Joshua Clinard

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Thanks for the tip. I prefer to go with hardware that has a high rating. All of the hardware below has an average rating of 5, except for the mouse and case. A freind convinced me to go with AMD, and I am glad he did, because I can get a much better motherboard and processor for the same price. I was looking to spend less then 200 for the mobo and processor, which I am still doing. Since the processor is about 30 dollars less than I would have spent with intel, I can afford to get a much better motherboard The only drawback is it does not have onboard video or firewire. I found a decent video card though.

Here's what I'm looking at now. Let me know what you guys think.
 

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