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Anyone got any good motherboards they'd want to suggest for a new rig. when I built my first one the biggest problem i had was the motherboard.
I'm trying to reuse my Pentium 4 and my Soundcard. The Pentium 4 is a LGA775 Socket. I'd also like to try and reuse my Ram which is 2 sticks of 184 pin DDR 400, but i don't really care about having to buy new stuff if i had to anyways.
So yeah. Anyone got a suggestion. My laptops just not cutting it for Day of Defeat anymore.
Thanks in Advance.
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Do you need an AGP slot on that board? Or is PCI-E just fine.

If AGP (also has a PCI-E slot! - likely does not overclock too well, given the VIA chipset):
BIOSTAR PT880 Pro-A7C Socket T (LGA 775) VIA PT880 PRO ATX $54.99

If PCI-E:
ASUS P5GPL-X SE Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 915PL ATX $66.99

What is the total budget for upgrades?
    
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I doubt you will be able to reuse your ram, LGA775 is generally ddr2 for the better mobos.
    
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Yeah, the boards I listed are not the absolute top. Although that ASUS is probably not half bad.

There are two options here:
1) Go Intel with DDR2 (Thus, mobo + RAM, which is expensice)
2) Go AMD Socket 939 (Thus, mobo + new CPU)

Given your 'some generic stuff' RAM, I'd like to upgrade that... but it depends on your budget and parts you need
    
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Hmm budget.
I'm leaning at most $150 for a mother board, but probably only if it has a good track record. i payed about $130 for my DFI Lanparty board and that things given me problems for the longest time. If all goes to plan I'm gonna buy a Sapphire Toxic x1950xtx, so it's the motherboard is gonna need to be PCI express. Yeah I didn't think I'd get by with the old ram, and since I'd like to stick with Intel I'll probably go with the DDR2. I'm definitely saying bye to the RAM.
The budget might be able to be ignored though...
Thanks again.
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I think this is a good board for your money:
ASUS P5B-E Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $154.99
Has all the features you need (ready for Core 2 Duo/Quad, RAID on the southbridge, etc)

Alternatively, this one is also very good:
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $139.99
No RAID on the southbridge, but only on a secondary controller over the PCI Bus. Also ready for Core 2 Duo (and maybe Core 2 Quad.. I think that depends on the revision).

Both boards have a good reputation, and should be just fine for your CPU. You might need a BIOS flash to get the best out of the boards, but that's not a problem

Now, for RAM, that depends how much you willing to spend on it. The best pick for these boards would be DDR2 800 (Esp. if you want to upgrade to Core 2 Duo at some point), but for your current CPU DDR2 667 is more than enough (no need to go lower, since there won't be a price advantage). so here are my picks:
DDR2 800: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $299.99 (one of the best DDR2 800 kits)
DDR2 667: Crucial Technology 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) $229.99 (it's my understanding these overclock very well)

If that's too much money right now, you can always pick a single stick for now, and add a second one later. The G.Skill will then be $149.99. It's somewhat hard to find a decent single stick DDR2 667 that's significantly cheaper (the Crucial I listed above only comes as a kit).
    
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post #7 of 15
I built a 775 805D rig with DDR Ram and AGP:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813186060

This stupid little thing (which has been flawless BTW) works like a champ. Onboard video, audio and LAN to boot!!


Oh I forgot...40$ after rebate.
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
I think this is a good board for your money:
ASUS P5B-E Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $154.99
Has all the features you need (ready for Core 2 Duo/Quad, RAID on the southbridge, etc)
Max supported ram is 8Gbs. tee hee hee. that would give my friends a heart attack if i put that much on it. They seem to think airsoft is the only thing worth spending money on :***:
so ya i think i like that Gigabyte one a little more. I really don't plan on upgrading a CPU any time soon, but i like the idea of leaving options open to upgrade. It's also somewhat blue and i like blue =P
i still have to look at the RAM (end of the school quarter procrastination blues) but i think just for the hell of it i'll go with the DDR2 800.
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post #9 of 15
Just a quick note ahead of time, anything with a 965 or 975 is going to be touchy with the memory. So, be sure to check everything out before you buy both.

If you buy a 965 or 975 make sure the board will allow you to adjust your memory voltages. Any intel board will lock the volts at 1.8. This isn't a particularly bad thing but alot of current memory sticks won't run 667 at 1.8 volts so you can run into problems with compatability.

Anyhoo, I ended up getting an ASUS P5W-DH and was able to tweak my voltages to get the memory to play nice. The P5B-E should work similarly, and in truth most decent boards will allow for those adjustments... just not the intel ones (which is sad because I like intel boards)

good luck, and yea, unless you're buying one of just a couple boards, you're gonna need new memory. This little guy will run your DDR1 just fine and dandy, but the one I bought for my wife had some issues. NIC went belly up after about 3 weeks. *shrug* Most of the folks who left comments didn't have any problems tho, so mine may be an isolated incident.

Good luck!
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post #10 of 15
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ya thanks i need it after last time. Gotta hate those problems where it seems like your the only one that it's happening to.
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