help me pick my next cpu+mobo

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  1. thisgsx

    thisgsx New Member

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    Ok guys, I'm looking to buy a new mobo and processor but the thing is I need help choosing a really good one, I havnt been keeping up with technology these days but I heard that the 939 socket is really good, but I think thats out of my price range. I'm looking to spend no more than $400 for a nice AMD processor, mobo, and 1 gig of ram. I'd also like to stick to socket 754 because I dont really want to spend the extra money for a new video card. Thanks!
     
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    Athlon 64 3200+ Newcastle Socket 754 retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103483

    Asus K8N NForce3 250
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131512

    Corsair 1GB DDR400 for single-channel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145505

    Your call. If it were me I'd go this route if for no other reason than I'd rather have an Asus board than any of the brands I can find for 939 + AGP. Also the next few steps up in speed are more reasonable in 754 - for instance, a 3400+ would fit inside your budget versus a 3200+ in 939, and the 3700+ Clawhammer isn't much more. Performance between the NF3 250 single-channel and NF3 Ultra dual-channel is a wash. Downside is that CPU support for this socket is probably done at 3700+ while the 939 keeps going forward and includes the dual-core Athlons. I tend not to worry much about upgrade path on the same mainboard. The last time I remember upgrading a processor on the same board was with my old BX-powered Dell... chipsets and bus speeds just advance too fast these days, obsolescing not long after the CPUs they were designed around.
     
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    Ok, well I know I said I would want to stick to socket 754 but I'll probably go with 939. Here's what I have planned out so far:

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 1ghz fsb socket 939 processor
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819103533

    Epox EP-9NPAJ Socket 939 Nvidia nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813123243

    Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814125156

    Corsair ValueSelect 1GB (2x512mb) 184 Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145440

    I chose the Epox mobo because it is cheap at $84.99, and the review seems to be good for what it is. Everything totals around $600 which is way over my budget, but I guess it's going to be worth it, and I wont be upgrading anytime soon.
     
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    For the love of everything right and holy do not get an epox motherboard, it may be cheaper and there is a reason why, do your self a favor and stick with and ASUS or possibly a MSI.
     
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    What the hell is wrong with EpoX? and sure as fuck don't recommend an asus over one:squint:
     
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    good luck on that one
     
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    Couple pieces of advice on that setup.

    Leadtek makes very good quality GeForce boards. Save yourself some money and get theirs instead of the Gigabyte.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814122201

    Take that $17 from the video card and scrape up another $3 from under your couch cushions, then go over to ZipZoomFly and get yourself this beauty. The Asus A8N-E!
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=240423&affiliate=pricewatch

    And if you're feeling adventurous, you can save some dough on the processor as well. It says open box and possibly missing stuff, but since it also says "w/ fan and heatsink" I'm presuming it still comes with the fan and heatsink. Who needs a manual anyway?
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80717-1-OP
     
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    Probably your best bet! Leadtek have some great boards at good prices...however, if you want to go all out, consider looking at an ABIT. One of the best!
     
  11. i had a good epox board, intel board anyway, my 2.4 northwood went to 3.4 stable in it.. worked great, no probs for 2 years like that, than it died :hs: :bigthumb:
     
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    Well I got the MSI K8N Neo4/SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard . Got the mobo and amd 64 3500+ venice core as a package on newegg for a really good deal. Thanks!
     

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