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Old 04-22-2006, 10:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Towards making a gaming machine, can someone take a look at the two mobo + cpu combos and tell me which is a better buy.

Asus P4S800D-X SiS Socket 478 ATX Motherboard and an Intel Pentium 4 3.40GHz OEM Processor

ABIT UL8 ULi Socket 939 ATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.20GHz OEM Processor
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this is no contest. the s939 and athlon 3500+ are FAR SUPERIOR to a s478 P4 3.4ghz.
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if u cant go higher $300 then definitely the Abit mobo combo.

I suggest getting a MSi K8N neo4 and probably a 3700+ or if u can afford it a X2 3800+
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Great, thanks alot you guys, wasn't sure which way to go.
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Old 04-22-2006, 01:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if u cant go higher $300 then definitely the Abit mobo combo.

I suggest getting a MSi K8N neo4 and probably a 3700+ or if u can afford it a X2 3800+
I highly agree with this suggestion. But take a look at the Opterons too .
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Old 04-23-2006, 05:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How about this I can go alittle higher in price, let me know what you think:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0GHz / 1MB Cache / 2000MHz FSB / Socket 939 / Dual-Core (Manchester) / Processor with Fan

Gigabyte K8U-939 ULi Socket 939 ATX Motherboard / Audio / AGP 8x / 10/100 Ethernet LAN / USB 2.0 / Serial ATA

Does that seem pretty good? Would that mobo work with that cpu?
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yea it would work but its an agp mobo. wat gfx card u got? if u havent got one yet go for a mobo with a pci-e slot.
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yea I need the agp I have a evga nvidia geforce 6800GS 256mb
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ok then. that will work fine.
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Even though I am a huge gigabyte fan I would have to say nay to that board because of the uli chipset,, That chipset had issues with bridged nvidia cards (that must **** nvidia off because they purchased uli) I was in the same boat as you. Iwanted a 939 amd and 8xagp.

I went with the asrock dual sata2 that has 8xagp and pci express 16x , then I found out about the issues with nvidia cards. I returned the board and wanted the k8ns ultra 939 (only nforce gigabyte with 8xagp and 1000fsb)(2000htt) but couldn't get one so I got This Asus A8V and I love it. Here's a screenshot of my system with the uli chipset and then the A8V (The board thought my 6800gs was a pci (NOT PCIX) card not 8xagp. Can you see a difference?? lol



I know having both pcix 16 and 8xagp on one board is a tall order but once bitten twice shy.

Edit -- This is the Gigabyte to get if you can find it
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