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I need a dirt cheap board, I would prefer some overclock ability, but its just for my celeron rig. The celeron has a 25x multiplier so I don't need much fsb. Also it must have a pci-e x16, 775 socket. I am half tempted to grab the cheapest board for this rig, I am going to be using it for gpu folding. I had a decent msi 650i but it crapped out on me. I paid $20 for it so, hoping to spend less than $50.

Any ideas, or should I just buy a non oc'ing board?

EDIT: I posted the rig parts in post #5. Also I could care less if the board is used or open box.
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Originally Posted by lemans81 View Post
I need a dirt cheap board, I would prefer some overclock ability, but its just for my celeron rig. The celeron has a 25x multiplier so I don't need much fsb. Also it must have a pci-e x16, 775 socket. I am half tempted to grab the cheapest board for this rig, I am going to be using it for gpu folding. I had a decent msi 650i but it crapped out on me. I paid $20 for it so, hoping to spend less than $50.

Any ideas, or should I just buy a non oc'ing board?
Since theres a lack of system information I'm going to assume you only use 2 ram slots and have only one IDE drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813128077R

Everyone at my local CS:S lans that are using a lan box has this motherboard. It's BIOs overclocking features aren't advanced. But you can definately adjust fsb, timings and moderate voltage changes. The unopened box goes for $59 which is over your budget.

And then this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128076

Good basic board.

Reveiws...


Pros: Supports FSBs from 533 all the way to 1333. I put my old Celeron D Prescott into this and it booted up with no problems. I like the flashy colors.. makes the mobo stand out. I put this motherboard into an eMachines case, and it fit in nearly perfectly. I have a 8600GTS in the PCI-e slot, nothing in the PCI slots, and two sticks, one of each, DDR2 533 and DDR2 667 RAM in it. That was probably the biggest surprise. One stick is by Nanya and the other by SimpleTech. Conflicting brands and frequencies, yet it still worked. Another nice touch is the BIOS. My old motherboard was an Intel D915GUX, and it had no specific BIOS settings except for boot changes, etc., and this BIOS setup had plenty of options for overclocking. Don't forget the Ctrl+F1 hotkey for messing with the RAM. I'm not going to touch my RAM since theres no heat spreaders on them.

Cons: The only few negatives about this motherboard is the IDE near the bottom of the motherboard. The FDD connector is literally at the way bottom, behind all of the PCI slots, so it'd be useless to even plug in a floppy drive in this motherboard. Also my FDD connector didn't have a border around it, it was just some pins sticking out from the surface. The only other issue I had was there is only one system fan (excluding the CPU fan) plugin and it was behind all of the PCI slots. Also the front audio header is back by the I/O area. And lastly, there is only two RAM slots, which could be an issue for some people. Also the north bridge doesn't have a temperature sensor, but its not a huge deal unless you're a big overclocker. I also used a SATA hard drive to backup my information before a backup, and it was somewhat hard to reach the ports with a big video card in. I use a IDE hard drive normally.

Other Thoughts: There aren't too many bells and whistles involved in this board. Very basic, which is exactly what I needed. I would have liked another fan plugin, but not all good things can be perfect. I really like how there are four FSBs that are supported. It also has a big list of CPU compatibility. Celerons, Pentium 4s, Pentium Ds. E2XXX-E6XXX Cores. You need to overclock the FSB to support the E6XXX series. Core 2 Quads unforunately, aren't, as well as the 1600 FSB and 45nm chips. I wouldn't use this board purely for overclocking, but its not a bad MiniTower motherboard, and probably a great HTPC board. And lastly, thanks Newegg for a timely delivery and Gigabyte for a great product.

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Pros: This board as everything you'll probably need. It supports 533 FSB, and according to the box 1333 FSB if overclocked. PCI-E x16. Also it fitted the Taisol fan that came with my eMachines. I also overclocked my Celeron D from 3.33GHz to 3.75GHz just to try it out. I don't have core temps, so I can't say temps, but it seemed stable for the 10 minutes that it was on.

Cons: Only one system fan plugin.. and its behind all of the PCI slots.. so its hard to get to after you have a mammoth video card in, and I had to stretch the cord for my fan across a sound card and a video card.. doesn't look very good. And not really a con, but there are only solid capacitors for the CPU VRM. Also, depending on your situation, it only has 2 RAM slots. It was perfect for what I needed, so I didn't really care.. but other people might.

Other Thoughts: I used this board to replace an old Intel D915GUX board that.. *holds back tears*.. passed away. Newegg got me the board on-time, and it works like a charm. Probably the only problem I had, probably not Gigabyte's fault, I had to re-activate Windows. Overall a great board. Overclocking capabilities suited my needs, but I wouldn't say its the greatest overclocking board either.
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ASUS SKT-775 P5LD2-X/1333 S/L 1333FSB (O.C)
ASUS SKT-775 P5B SE S/L 1333FSB (O.C)

Search for it on google. Because that is from my local dealer
Edited by SickStew - 7/10/08 at 1:46am
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the ip35-e is a nice little budget board. It's not selling at most places anymore, but it used to go for 60 on newegg. On ebay, you can get it for about that much money, if not less. I've seen some sell for 40 on ebay before. I've gotten my e6300 over 3.5 ghz on my motherboard before, which means I can get the FSB over 2000mhz
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As for what its running is:

Celeron D 360 (single core, 3.46ghz)
2x1gb Gskill HZ's
Seagate 80gb Sata 7200rpm 8mb cache
Dvd-Rom IDE
OCZ Vanquisher
EVGA 8800GS PCI-E x16
Antec Earthwatt 500W

I am going to use it full time for gpu folding, which is why I want some slight oc ability. I need to get the celeron high enough not to bottleneck(or as little as possible) on the gpu folding.
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MSI P6NGM-L, I got i very similar board and it overclocks pretty well, done 400FSB on it and only $30.
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Originally Posted by lemans81 View Post
As for what its running is:

Celeron D 360 (single core, 3.46ghz)
2x1gb Gskill HZ's
Seagate 80gb Sata 7200rpm 8mb cache
Dvd-Rom IDE
OCZ Vanquisher
EVGA 8800GS PCI-E x16
Antec Earthwatt 500W

I am going to use it full time for gpu folding, which is why I want some slight oc ability. I need to get the celeron high enough not to bottleneck(or as little as possible) on the gpu folding.
if "as high as possible" is what your after for under $50 the G31 is the way to go.
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MSI P6NGM-L, I got i very similar board and it overclocks pretty well, done 400FSB on it and only $30.
Similar or the same, there can be huge differences between boards, even if its just bios.



I thought about the G31 or P31 a while back due to microatx which would allow me to upgrade my htpc next year.
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Similar or the same, there can be huge differences between boards, even if its just bios.



I thought about the G31 or P31 a while back due to microatx which would allow me to upgrade my htpc next year.
The same except mine has a DVI port and that board only has VGA.
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Hmm the $29 price sure sounds nice.
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