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I'm gonna be building my first PC soon and would like to know of some of the better mobos for an Athlon 64. I'd like something that I won't need to upgrade for a while, so PCI Express and Serial ATA are important. Any recomendations? I'd like something fast and something that can handle the occasional game.
newegg, yesterday anyway, had refurb Asus a8n-sli mobos for just over 100. I paid 220 for mine when they first came out. it'll do about everything you can possibly do with an athlon64
here's the link, looks like they still have it. it's not the deluxe version, so it's a bit cheaper.
here's the full deluxe version for 170:
I'd recommend considering an sli board, because you can still use the extra pcie slots if you don't do sli. if you don't go asus, do MSI, I've heard great things about their boards.
only get 939 board, get dual channel ram, and avoid agp at this point... not enough new products coming out for it.
I've had no experience with MSI boards, but I've had no problems with this one(I just built the PC about 3-4 weeks ago)...
Also, over at the AnandTech.com, alot of people are reporting problems with SLI boards from MSI(IIRC).... I'm not super familiar with SLI, and just glanced at some of the posts, but it might be worth going over there and looking into it before you give yourself a ton of headaches...
For the Athlon 64 I'd get an Asus or MSI motherboard. I used many of these boards with no problems whatsoever.
Here is a new Asus board that looks darn good.
Also, for your first build, I'd recommend buying your stuff from a local shop as opposed to several places over the internet. Let them know you are building it yourself and it is your first time. They just may have some good ideas/
There is nothing wrong with buying from say, NewEgg as long as you are comfortable winging it alone.
But, run your shopping list by us here and we can advise you too.
Honestly, I'd pass on SLI for the time being.
Wait until driver compatibility is a whole lot better before you dump $1000 worth of graphics into a PC.
Those SLI mainboards will work with just one card installed, and then you can wait for the Forceware driver support as well as falling prices on 6800 Ultras!
I use Asus boards exclusively, and have yet to be disappointed.
Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it. I think I may just have to go with Asus, but I'll definately do some reading on the ohter boards mentioned. I'll probably need a little help when I start putting this together, so I'll post a list of what I have or am getting whenever that is. Hopefully soon.
On a side note, do any of AMD's chipsets support DDR2 Ram?
Asus all the way. Be sure to follow their memory requirements to the letter. Otherwise you will have serious stability problems.
I would go Asus or Abit. Abit will probably be cheaper and easily as good as Asus. I think I would shy away from refurbished motherboards. You should be able to get in a new one for less than $150.00 easily enough.
I've built my first PC with a Refurb MB from newegg.
this way if I mess up, it won't cost me much.
happy to report, I didn't mess up and it was a great learning experience.
I bought a refurb MSI since then I've bought the cheapest MB they had and it usually was an ECS. All worked.
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