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Old Apr 10, 2004, 06:50 PM
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I'm looking to buy a new motherboard and CPU soon, I don't need top of the line but I do want something that is reliable and of decent quality. Around the 2gb mark maybe?

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Old Apr 11, 2004, 02:37 AM
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What are you going to be using the computer for and do you have a preference for Intel or AMD?
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Old Apr 11, 2004, 07:48 AM
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The computer is mainly used for downloading and burning, now and again encoding.

It's very rare I use it for games.

In the past I've always had AMD but I'm open to suggestions mate.
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Old Apr 11, 2004, 03:29 PM
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AMD will be the cheaper option. I bought the ASUS A7N8X deluxe and coupled it with a 2.5 barton processor about 12 months ago.

Slightly cheaper option would be the ASUS A7V600 with the via chipset. My son bought this and is well happy with it. Both have onboard sound, Lan, USB2, serial ATA, 400 FSB, and ddr 400 support.

Just make sure you buy branded RAM as ASUS mobos can be a bit finicky but CRUCIAL or KINGSTON are OK.
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Old Apr 17, 2004, 10:44 PM
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Good girl hollie.

The Albatron KX18D Pro II is one of the best nForce boards on the market currently.

It has onboard sound, Firewire, Ethernet, 6 Channel audio, Serial ATA Raid Controller, Dual BIOS, dual channel DDR, 6 PCI slots, Firewire, USB2.0 - 6 of them, MCP-T, active cooled Northbridge etc!

The Asus A7N8X above is also very good, and was the board to get until the new generation boards like the Albatron were released.

Either one would be great coupled with an AMD Athlon XP 26000+.

As far as performance for your money, you won't really do much better and it will be able to handle just about anything you throw at it.
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Old May 25, 2004, 01:47 AM
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i've got aquestion about the Asus A7N8X.. is there a major difference between the Asus A7N8X-e and the Asus A7N8X-x theres about a $50 dollar difference.. with the E being more expensive
 

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