Hey guys. As some of you know im building myown PC soon. Problem is, im a bit of t3h n00b and Im getting confused with whats compatable with what. This is what I WANT and I want to see if it all fits together etc... *AMD 64Bit. 800 MHz FSB. (Not sure what socket, 939??) Athlon FX-55??? *A mobo that supports that chipset but can also handle PCI Express, DDR2 (And quite a lot of it) And all the newest things coming out. I can't quite think of what else Im going to need on my new pc. Im going to focus MAINLY on my mobo and CPU. Graphics chips, PSU, ram etc can wait till later. Rather than people spurt out random information at me, can you guys suggest helpful websites to me that can inform me on the latest/greatest and up ancoming hardware? (Except for tomshardware, i find it confusing sometimes. Hard navigation) I learn better through my own experiences and stuff, but help would be good guys! Detailed tech website etc... Cheerz, ~Nik
sorry to kill your enthusiasm, but there are no AMD mobos that have PCI-Express or DDR2. AMD has decided not to support PCI-Express or DDR2 as of yet, considerind the speed increase of DDR2 is not that big of an improvement, nor are there many PCI-express comapatible peripheral cards available.
17th June 2002
This site has some PC guides on it. I'm not sure exactly whether or not they'll have what you're looking for, but it sure helped me the first time I tried networking. I'd help you myself, but I haven't bothered looking into PCI-E boards yet, because I see them as a waste of money at the moment. So I wouldn't be much help in that area. You really need to make sure you know for sure what socket you want, otherwise your processor won't fit if you get them wrong :D. I believe Socket 939 is currently represented by AMD's most powerful processor. But, I also believe they're more expensive and the performance different isn't so much. But you have to make sure you get both a mobo and CPU with the same socket configuration.
socket 939 is still fairly new but there are more motherboards coming out all the time i wouldnt bother with pci express at the moment as its still new and needs more development. there is a chipset from via which supports pci express but it has only just come out so i dont think that will be seen for a while as manufacturers have to develop the motherboards http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1652320,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532 best thing to do is search for "socket 939 motherboards" and see what is available there are a load of sites out there
Thinking about it.
Go for AGP slot.
For the Motherboard I would recommend either the newest ones from Gigabyte Technology or Asus. I don't know their exact names, but the latest ones come with all that stuff - PCI-Express, DDR2 etc. Their sites should tell you what cards are compatible. The nForce4 cards will work wonders on them so it may be worth the wait till next week.
Asus's and GBT's sites can be found on a quick search on Google.
K cheers guys. Havn't had time to read everybody's post here because im just off to work but ill read later on tonight. Pestilence I think the FX-55 is going to support DDR2 and PCI-Xp isn't it? Even if it doesn't I think I will just go for the other type of high end ram... Its cheaper anyway, and you can fit lots more onto your mobo.
there doesn't seem to be much gain with pci express over agp at the moment so i would stick to agp and spend the money on a good graphics card and decent ram (get faster ram than the fsb of the processor so if you try overclocking you dont stress the ram) and a good hard drive as well (at least 7200 rpm with 8mb cache) sata hard drives can be a pain to as you need to install the drivers as you install windows, (assuming you have windows xp) but once done thats it for a long time
i searched for "pci express versus agp" (without the quotes) and came up with plenty of info http://yahoo.pcworld.com/yahoo/article/0,aid,117070,pg,2,00.asp
Thinking about it.