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Advice on Mobo + CPU

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by Nothingface, Feb 1, 2003.

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  1. Nothingface

    Nothingface Thread Starter

    Nov 10, 2002
    Hello. I'm thinking to build a new pc. But i hear all these incompatible issues with blue screens n stuff. What is a way to find out if they are compatible? What mobo + chip combo do you recommend? lookin for an AMD XP 2600+ or better (maybe an intel P4 too). what mobos would you recommend with these chips? I hear Asus are good..so I might stick with them. Thanx.
  2. buckaroo


    Mar 25, 2001
  3. Ian291


    Feb 2, 2003
    If your going down the AMD route I can recommend the Asus A7N8X MB. This is the board I upgraded to just before Christmas, which even though I had few problems setting it up (mostly my fault) I haven't had a BSOD since it was up and running.
    It will fully utilise all the new chips from AMD with its FSB333 and it has the new Nvidia2 chipset on board. I've got the deluxe version which has dual lan ports and a serial ATA connector for when I get round to using them.
    Couple bits of advice if you do use this board:
    Check your memory because as with most Asus boards this one runs on only unbuffered sticks.
    Check the depth of your case - most modern boards with all their extra bells and whistles are that much deeper, and if you are not careful any connectors at the front edge of the board will fall foul of the 5.25 drive bay housing.
    Check that your PSU has anough guts in it for the newer generation of board. Min 350 watts - ideally 400 plus.
    Last thing is - it's best to set it up on clean install of your OS, and not an overlay like I tried to do. Boy- did I have problems :eek: :eek:
    And No - I do not work for Asus. There is so much crud on the market which promises everything but fails to deliver, so that when I do find something that does work I feel I should pass the information on.

  4. madbadger


    Dec 3, 2001
    Hi Ian291 & welcome

    It's really good to hear an end user review of the Asus A7N8X.

    I'm thinking of upgrading myself & this is top of my list, where'd you get it?

  5. Ian291


    Feb 2, 2003
    Hi M'Badger,

    I got the board from a local supplier here in Cambridge. They're pretty reliable, and I've never had a problem with anything bought from them.

    I found an interesting link when thinking of buying this board. The site put the Chaintech 7NJS, Leadtek K79 and the Asus A7N8X motherboards up against each other.
    The A7N shaded the Chaintech board on nearly every test with the Leadtek one coming out on top. Listening to other reviews, the Leadtech board has a lot of problems with compatability with secondary systems such as sound, modem & graphic cards, and even with its on board features there are problems - it seem to be lottery if the USB will work or not.

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