about motherboards - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Overclocking and Modding
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-12-2004, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 250
Default about motherboards

what makes a motherboard better then other motherboards?
As you can see, i'm pretty new in the computer industry and want some tips to choosing the best motherboards with the price that i want.

some tips plz?? =)
__________________

__________________
<img src=http://us.f2.yahoofs.com/users/41b40799z1e7cbc64/2a2b/__sr_/8c8d.jpg?phCsRuBB.0_pqmvX>
geo3tech is offline  
Old 07-13-2004, 02:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 144
Default

Motherboards are tricky. I guess what make some better than others are the chipsets, wether it supports Dual Channel, and ofcourse, the type of processor it accomodates. Do a little research and check out some benchmarks at tomshardwareguide.com
__________________

Circa219 is offline  
Old 07-13-2004, 07:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 722
Default

The architecture can make a board faster, along with a good chipset that supports lots of features, SATA, AGPx8, Wi-Fi, Dual Channel, DDR2 main memory...

Also, as a lot of builders know, the layout of the board means a lot. Sometimes the AGP card can get in the way when you try and remove a stick of RAM, you have to remove the VGA card first.

You should also check what you get bundled with the board, some boards bundle Norton Anti-virus/Internet Security 2004... also check to see if you get round IDE cables and round Floppy cables...

There is a lot to check when getting a motherboard.
__________________
[size=0.5]Full Aluminium ThermalTake Case
Asus A7N8X-E-Deluxe
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ *400 FSB* Barton (2.2GHz)
ThermalTake Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition Air Cooling
1024MB Corsair TwinX XMS 3200 (Dual Channel 2x512) 2-3-2-6
256Mb XFX 7800 GS EXTREME
2x WD Raptors (10krpm 8MB Cache) 36.7GB using RAID -0
Video Logic SonicXplosion 5.1 Soundcard
[/size]
Kangaroo is offline  
Old 07-13-2004, 08:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 256
Default

Yes, the worst thing you could possibly do is buy the parts for a computer uninformed, I ended up with a piece of **** motherboard and graphics card because of it.
__________________
<font size=1 color=red>
<b>Main System</b>
-Mach Speed X-Caliber PT800DBP Mobo (POS!!)
-Pentium 4 3.0C at stock w/ SP-94 & YS Tech Fan
-Thermaltake 420 Watt Power Supply
-Kingston 512 MB Dual Channel PC3200
-512 MB Kingmax Hardcore PC4000
-GeForceFX 5200 128MB AGP Card | Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
-WD Caviar SE 160GB HD 7200 RPM/8 MB/ATA-100
-Nec DVD Burner, 32x16x40 CD-RW, 8x4x12x DVD±RW</font>
<font size=1 color=black>
<b>Dell XPS T700r</b>
-PIII 700Mhz | 20GB Maxtor | 384 MB SDRAM | NEC DVD-ROM | 32MB NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model64
</font>
knuckle50 is offline  
Old 07-13-2004, 12:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 415
Send a message via AIM to Icedragon Send a message via Yahoo to Icedragon
Default

Yes mobos take alot of research to find the right one to do the things you want it to do.
__________________
PC Specs:

Intel Pentium 4 3.2 ghz 800 FSB
Abit IC7-G 875p
Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB 256 Bit
2x512MB Ultra PC3200 DDR400
Soundblaster Live
Maxtor 40GB 7,200 RPM HDD
Lian-Li PC65 Case
Icedragon is offline  
Old 07-13-2004, 12:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 372
Default

many many factors cpu socket, memory speed, amount of memory slots, dual channel or no, pci slots, agp speed, layout, chipset, and probably about 50 more!
__________________

<i>Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups</i>
Gl\l0m!$h is offline  
Old 07-14-2004, 10:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 41
Default

I'd wait for the new BTX form factor. It's realigned all the pci slots and RAM slots are away from the PCI-X slots. No more AGP. it will have at least one 16x PCI slot.(that equates to a theroetical 8 gig stream.)

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR in these form factors are the SYSTEM BUS speeds. variable speeds to achieve 2:1 Cpu to RAM bus.

ex. the New Apple G5's have 1.25 ghz Front Side Bus for a 2.5 Ghz cpu., compare that with a 3.4 Ghz AMD on a 800mhz FSB.

The New BTX form factors will allow such speeds for the front side bus.

get it?
leandroc76 is offline  
Old 07-14-2004, 12:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 250
Default

but we don't know when the btx form is gonna come out..
i'm planning of buying a new computer like this month.

does btx form have to have a different style case compared to the regulars?
__________________
<img src=http://us.f2.yahoofs.com/users/41b40799z1e7cbc64/2a2b/__sr_/8c8d.jpg?phCsRuBB.0_pqmvX>
geo3tech is offline  
Old 07-14-2004, 12:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 415
Send a message via AIM to Icedragon Send a message via Yahoo to Icedragon
Default

can someone tell me more about this BTX form factor?
__________________
PC Specs:

Intel Pentium 4 3.2 ghz 800 FSB
Abit IC7-G 875p
Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB 256 Bit
2x512MB Ultra PC3200 DDR400
Soundblaster Live
Maxtor 40GB 7,200 RPM HDD
Lian-Li PC65 Case
Icedragon is offline  
Old 07-14-2004, 04:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 769
Default

yes, i'm interested to. also is a 800mhz fsb the higest on a mobo?
__________________

compy is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.