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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by 1trueshadow, Sep 29, 2003.

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  1. 1trueshadow

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    I am attempting to build myself a new system but I have been out of hardware for so long I do not know what is top of the line is anymore. I have looked around but cant find what I am looking for at other sites. Thanx for any advice in the mater

    First off I am looking for a motherboard. The trick is I want a motherboard for an AMD XP with onboard RAID and nothing else onboard. Thats the hard part. Every motherboard I have looked at has onboard Sound, video and even network adapters. I do not want any of that. (please tell me if they dont make motherboards like that anymore)

    Secondly, I need to know who makes the better Video Cards. Should I stick with ATI or is there something better now?

    All the thanks in the world TSG(y)
     
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    If I built today, keeping in mind price vs performance, I would probably go with a KT600 chipset or a good nforce2 board as they offer similar preformance. As long as you buy a well branded board "ASUS, MSI, EPOX, GIGABYTE" you shouldn't have any problem with quality.

    Onboard sound and network is no longer a bad thing. Look for a nforce2 based board with a mcp-t soundchip and you won't be disappointed. There's different schools of thought on the vid card, but if you have the money, get a ATI 9600 pro or better.

    I had some problems with the A7V333 boards... Not saying they're bad boards, but I had one constantly say cpu failed with a good cpu, and one bad bios update.
     
  4. 1trueshadow

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    thanx for the update GwizJoe and gotrootdude.

    Now that I know that Sound is standard on most boards I think I will try the board GwizJoe metiond.

    As for video I know what I want, the ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro.

    Hopfuly I will have the funds to build this new box by christmas.

    Thanx for all your insight
     
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    ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro

    You and me both, right now that puppy is a bank breaker :mad:
     
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    They aren't exactly standard. Most onboard sound is good enough, but the soundstorm certified Nforce2 boards are worth buying just for the quality of the onboard sound.. Take a look at the A7N8X, the A7V333 is a little dated.... At least with the A7n8X you get the soundstorm chip.

    http://www.gearxs.com/gearxs/product_info.php?products_id=346


    The onboard sound is comparable to a Audigy2..
     
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    huh, maybe RAID is not what I am looking for after all. I want the same that my current board has (2 sets of IDE). I dont know if you call it RAID or not. I assumed that it was called "RAID".
     
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    1Trueshadow

    For an easy reference to mobos currently available categorised by manufacturer, price bracket, or cpu type check here :

    http://motherboards.bizrate.com/buy/browse__cat_id--419,rf--mot006.html

    I currently have two Athlon based systems (both Athlon 2600s) One has an MSI KT3 mobo. The one I'm using now has this board :

    http://pcmag.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=852105/search=GigaByte/ut=51846d1a28678218

    I have had the system for approx 3 months. Its pretty good and there's plenty of room for expansion, and no doubt its cheaper now.

    If you want to do some more background reading check these sites forums also :

    http://www.hardocp.com

    http://www.techimo.com

    http://www.sharkyextreme.com

    http://www.overclockers.com
     
  10. gotrootdude

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    No, Raid is a way of providing parity across multiple disk in order to protect the data contained on the disk. It can also be used to boost read and or write times to the disk. Anything with a brand name, nforce2 chipset, and mcp sound chip would work then...

    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=1&submit=Go&description=nforce2

    I see they have a refurb Leadtek for $35.


    My specs:

    1700+ thoughbred/[email protected] 2609mhz
    Epox 8RDA+
    512megs DDR
    TMD magnetic air cooling.
     
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    i got the abit kd7-raid...i believe thats the kinda of board ur looking for, it has 4 ide total, but it has onboard sound and lan...there are newer ones out there made by abit hope that helps you out
     
  12. 1trueshadow

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    Thank you all for the information. Now I know what I am looking for. As soon as I finish this box (dont hold your breath) I will let you guys know. And Thanx gotrootdude for the def of RAID- I feel like a moron now. Thinking about it I currently have RAID and it would be good for my future boxes. But I am primarly intrested in a board with IDE x4 (correct me if I said that wrong)
    Thank you for all your help
     
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    Check out this setup (And no, I'm not GLOATING - I set up this page for reference) recently with an AMD and the very nice ASUS A7n8X board.

    http://ap.terrabox.com/rpc

    - Nforce2 smokes KT600
    - includes firewire (sweet!)
    - SATA / RAID (if you need it, don't worry about this - I disable it to save resources)
    - 6 USB ports

    Only thing that "sucks" is that the firewire connectors on the board are non standard and require you to break apart the cable pack on some cases (like the one pictured here). other cases have their wires as individuals so its a non issue, just tedious.

    All that can be built for about $500 - before adding your ATI9800Pro AIW... heheh.
     
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    Link isn't working for me compiler :(
     
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