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Old 01-11-2006, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Motherboard shopping

I'd like to but a new motherboard,

my knowledge in motherboard is not that good

Can anybody recommend me a good motherboard to buy??


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Old 01-11-2006, 04:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what cpu are you using, what graphics slots do you need, more information is necessary

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Old 01-11-2006, 08:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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nice avitar there tobes

right now i got a 32-bit PIII processor I'll probably get a 64-bit PIV one.

For the RAM, I don't konw...I have 512, but I GB would be faster, that'll probably take care of things like graphics and sound. Of course it'll have to support SATA hard disks (think most have that these days)

How do I know if a motherboard is suitable or not?

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You'll need to find out what socket your processor is. Most likely, it's slot 370, but there's a mentionable chance that it's slot 1. As far as ram goes, those P3's were right on the line. Some use PC100 or PC133, and others use DDR. You need to find out what kind of ram you have. I suggest downloading a program called CPU-Z and report back here with the:

Processor Socket
Ram Type
Ram Speed
Type of Video Card you'll be using


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Old 01-12-2006, 01:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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processor has socker 370 What exactly is a Socket??

RAM is SD-RAM PC133 (512 MB)

I'm not sure about the vidoe card, but I always like watching movies on the pc

SO far mine is embedded

Is there anything else I need to look for?
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A socket is where the processor goes.
So you will need to match the socket number on the processor with the socket supported on the Motherboard.

For example for an Intel Pentium 4 Chips you'll see Socket 478 or LGA 775 (there may be others I'm not that familiar with Intel). If you have a Prescott series Chip, you'll want to a motherboard that accepts processors with socket 478.

Think of a nuts and bolts. You have to match the correct threading and size nut to fit on the bolt.
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Old 01-12-2006, 03:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I get watch your saying
so it's better to buy the motherboard first then base everything on it right?

Well if I do that, how exactly do motherboards differ? I know some support SATA drives and some have more pci slots but is that the only thing I need to consider?

Do i consider if ithas sound and video built in too.

What makes a motherboard more expensive than another?

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Old 01-12-2006, 04:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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There are several things to look for

Graphix card.
Integrated, PCI-Express, SLI, or AGP

Number of add-ons.
For example are you going to add on a PVR

Number of USB ports

Do you want Firewire

Amount of Memorey something like - 4x 184pin DDR
means you can put 4 sticks of 184 pin DDR memorey.
Do you want DDR2 Memorey.

FSB Speed, etc...

There are a lot of different application and needs.

As far as Buy the Motherboard and build around it. I think you need to ask yourself, what are your plans? Are you going to upgrade are you going to overclock, etc.
Give the group what you want to do and what your plans are and I'm sure they can give you a better answer

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