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Either my Asus A8N-Sli Premium mobo is bad or my video card, I think both, so I am going to send them back and get a replacement card and a whole different mobo. What is a high quality mobo to get for an athlon 64 3700+? It is the system in my system specs. I just got it together and am having problems with very bad artifacts on the screen and a few random blue screens. It couldn't even make it through 3D Mark without having serious issues and having to reboot. Before this started, It was having issues with long boots and losing the keboard so I want to replace both pieces of hardware.

Thanks for your help!
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Get the DFI SLI-DR itll be the best compliment to that awesome cpu
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Either the SLI-DR or the Ultra-D will suffice.
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Sure you want to give up on Asus already? DFI is great but Asus makes a damn fine product. Everybody puts out a bad board once in awhile but that is no reason to assume they will all be that way. If you must swap brands go with one of the DFIs above, a bit more complicated but you should be able to grasp it.

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Originally Posted by Sporadic E
Sure you want to give up on Asus already? DFI is great but Asus makes a damn fine product. Everybody puts out a bad board once in awhile but that is no reason to assume they will all be that way. If you must swap brands go with one of the DFIs above, a bit more complicated but you should be able to grasp it.

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Well he said he wants a tottaly different mobo and he already has the like the top asus mobo so i suggested DFI. If he wants asus the x32 sli is the next step up i believe
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post #6 of 21
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Thanks for the recommendations! I will start with sending back my GFX card and if a new one doesn't solve the problems, I will get the DFI you all have recommended. I have always been a fan of Asus but I have seen alot of people with problems with the new asus boards. I am sure that the good outways the bad but I just want to be sure that I get the best. I don't mind spending the extra money. I have seen you all praise the DFI boards so I figured it is worth a shot.

To be honest with you all, I have no way to test to see which piece of hardware is messing up. This is my first system with pci express and don't have a spare GFX card lying around to see if it is just the video card messing things up. I really like the Asus board but perhaps I am just frustrated and am throwing in the towel to soon.

Asus and DFI seem to be the most talked about, can anyone iterate on any of the Abit or MSI boards? Also, one more question, is it normal to have one short beep during the initial startup? When I turn on my computer and the first screen comes up, it plays one short beep. I thought that beeps were error codes.

Thank you all for your input!
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post #7 of 21
well i like abit boards but the company was in trouble last year (money trouble) still a quality piece. MSI i have never had any experience with but from what i hear they are nice boards when looking for that inexpensive board with some goo features and as of lately ive seen some nice features on them. But the top 2 are DFI and ASUS. Iv'e had both and i love them both but i like my DFI better. I can put up to 4v into my ram (great for my UTT BH-5) and i can run a really high Vcore if nesesarry, two onboard RAID controllers, 8 SATA ports, Dual LAN, and a very good sounding on board auido ( 8 channel with a lil daughter card).
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Asus and DFI are good companies, but I don't know, I've been hearing a lot of good things on EPoX, and I know not very many people on the forum are big suggesters of EPoX boards, but trust me, they do very well, all the EPoX boards I've read reviews on in Newegg and actual review websites give damn good reviews, nothing under 2.5/5 or 7/10.

EPoX are pretty stable and they aren't very difficult to learn how to use, and they're kindof similar to Asus boards in the usability area, check out these reviews:

SLi Board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123251

Non-SLi Boards:

(nForce 4 Ultra)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123236
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123258
(nForce 4)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123243

Reviews:


EPoX EP-9NPAJ SLi:
http://www.pcmoddingmy.com/e107_plug...hp?content.285
EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mai...ox-9npa_5.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Edge
Also, one more question, is it normal to have one short beep during the initial startup? When I turn on my computer and the first screen comes up, it plays one short beep. I thought that beeps were error codes.

Thank you all for your input!
One beep at start up is cool. My Asus beeps once before it posts.

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