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Help picking Motherboard

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hlmichel, Jul 17, 2005.

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  1. hlmichel

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    Some time ago I posted concerning a system that was having problems booting. Following advice I received here, I checked the motherboard to find that many of my capicitors were swollen.

    Before posting here, I suspected my power supply. It was about 7 years old. I goofed and ended up with one of those ATX 12V supplies with the extra connector. The kids had quickly destroyed the box and trashed the receipt.....

    Recently a co-worker gave me a $40 Best buy gift card as a thank you. I picked up 512 megs of PC2700 (PNY). I then headed down to Fry's for a ECS N2U400. They were out.... Good thing, as I have heard a few bad things about that board.

    So, to make a long story short; what do you recommend? I'm looking for a stable board that will accept my 200 FSB Athlon 1.1 gig and my PC2700. It needs to be a board that will accept the new power supply. AGP 4x is fine, but I would like USB 2.0.

    And I'd like to keep the price around $100 or so.

    I've been researching for a few days but don't really have time--Four kids ;)

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    Thanks for the fast reply. I checked out the board and it seems to have everything I want. A huge plus is its long list of supported processors. I think we have a winner.
     
  4. dustyjay

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    Price aint bad either
     
  5. hlmichel

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    So I ended up getting the GA-7N400S-L from Newegg. I read a couple of reviews and user comments. The only complaints I heard on this motherboard only applied to overclockers--doesn't apply to me.

    Setup was a breeze; just one dip switch.

    The entire setup took about two hours; most of that spent re-installing Windows XP.

    The best thing is that my upgrade options are wide open.
     
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