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Old 07-12-2006, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to upgrade my Motherboard and my CPU, but with the amount of products available, I'm kind of lost.

First, I want a mobo with PCI-Express 16x (video card) and support for DDR (memory). For the CPU, I was thinking of buying an AMD Athlon 64 3500+, or something similar.

Knowing all this, can you recommend some motherboards which are compatible with this CPU and meet the requirements I need?

I'm not looking for something very expensive, but rather a board which will last 1/2 years without being outcast.

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The CPU you listed is a Socket 939 AMD 64 CPU... It has been replaced with the socket AM2 platform. With you looking for something not very expensive, I would go with Socket 939... they are a great bunch of CPU's... Also, you could go with a slower CPU, 3000+ or 3200+ and overclock it to 3500+ speeds fairly easily on stock cooling.. this will save you a little money too.

Socket 939 boards support ONLY DDR memory (AM2 supports DDR2). Many of the boards have PCI Express x16 also.
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The CPU you listed is a Socket 939 AMD 64 CPU... It has been replaced with the socket AM2 platform. With you looking for something not very expensive, I would go with Socket 939... they are a great bunch of CPU's... Also, you could go with a slower CPU, 3000+ or 3200+ and overclock it to 3500+ speeds fairly easily on stock cooling.. this will save you a little money too.

Socket 939 boards support ONLY DDR memory (AM2 supports DDR2). Many of the boards have PCI Express x16 also.
Okay, so if I understood everything, these boards would be compatible :
AsRock 939 Dual SATA2 Motherboard

AsRock 939SLi32-eSATA2 Motherboard

The first one has a AGP and PCI-Express slot, so it could be interesting because I was planning to buy a PCI-E card, but if I can wait a little bit, it could help me financially. OTOH, the second one has the advantage of having two PCI-E slots, which it will be possible to have two video cards in dual.

Is that right?
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Yeah, in sLi.

I'd recommend you wait a little while ill you buy a processor.. with Conroe and price drops :P
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no man, AM2 stuffs are priced about the same as 939's for now but i'll guess that would change after the release of the conroe. i'll go for the AM2 if i were you, good for future upgrade.
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