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Modern Motherboards question

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  1. Bumbledor

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    Ok, its been since 1994, since Ive put together a bare bones system and this thing needs upgrading BADLY.

    Ive been looking at mother boards over on tiger direct. Seems to me most of the new stuff has built in Video cards, sound cards, and few if any expansion slots.

    Do all the boards come this way now, or are those the boards made for people who are the newbies to computers?

    I do play online games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, so I need a MB that has great graphics and sound capiblities. On this system here, I have a Seperate Vid card and a sound blaster card, with the mother boards built in sound system disabled. I also have a wireless lan card in there.

    So compairing this to what i might need, Im thinking at least 3 to 4 expansion slots, but that doesn't seem to be the norm on the new MB's im seeing..

    Any suggestions, or comments to bring me up to date on the more modern Mother Boards would be help full.

    Thanks.
     
  2. crjdriver

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    All boards [or almost all] come with onboard sound and nic. Both of these work fine so there is no need for a sound card or nic card.

    Next some boards do come with onboard video however many do not. Almost all of the ones that do come with onboard video also have a pci-e slot for a real video card.

    First decide on what cpu you want ie AMD or Intel and we can go from there with parts recommendations.
     
  3. Bumbledor

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    Im looking at AMD, as thats what I have on this old kt600A MB.
    Its been good, but Ive heard that some of the microsoft windows updates can cause it to crash. Despite that its been a great MB and chipset for me.

    Ive have both Intel and AMD. Both work equaly well, for what I do.

    I use my desktop for gaming, spreadsheets, home video processing (coverting,etc), and I use my laptop for when im on the road, doing email, and sometimes doing video processing when I cannot do it on the desktop. The laptop is an Intel chip.
     
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    Do make sure you add a quality pw supply to the list as well.
     
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    Definitely, I have found the OCZ to be a very good PSU, not as expensive as a good Corsair, but just as good for most systems.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    I tried to check earlier however the gigabyte site was down. You will need bios F3 or later for that cpu. Current bios is F4 with a beta release also F5A. If you have another earlier cpu sitting around, no problem. If not, then you would need to make sure the board shipped with a bios that will support that cpu.
     
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