What AMD XP motherboard should I get...?

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I'm upgrading my PC with an AMD XP 1900 and 512 MB DDR. What motherboard should I get? I would like the KT266A chipset, at least ATA-100 (ATA-133 would be nice), at least 4 USB ports, AGP Pro, and any other things that would be good. I don't need any onboard sound, video, RAID, or NIC. I was looking at the SOYO SY-K7V Dragon Plus, but I think it's more than I really need. But, I could use the SmarCard reader. I also looked at the Soltek SL-75DRV2. Tom's Hardware recommended this one. Plus it's better for overclocking (which I might do).

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Cory
 

computer-aces

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Seems pretty nice. Only ATA-100 and can only put in 1.5 GB in RAM. I don't see me using this much any time soon, but hey, who thought I'd be using 512 a couple years ago. Also, no AGP Pro.

Hmmm....

Still a tough choice.

Cory
 
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the gamers seem to like this one EPOX 8KHA+ KT266A, at least the boards I visit. they a bunch of overclocking fools too.
 
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For the AMD XP, I'd say get something with the KT266A chipset... to me each brand doesn't make much of a difference inside of MSI, ASUS, ABIT and Intel. (I don't prefer one over the other) What I do is find all the boards from those 4 with the socket and chipset that I want and pick the one that supports the best ballence between cpu support, memory support and anything else, such as if it has ATA-133, more than 2 USB roots and other features like onboard LAN and DLED. If you find it, (which usually is the easiest one) get the one without onboard sound and video. On most boards onboard sound and video is usually bare-minimun quality. I haven't used Epox before but probably because I just haven't yet, so I couldn't tell you anything on the quality... but these two guys would know best about that.
 
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