So the family have chucked their old computer, and I get it to experiment with, so I'm thinking Ubuntu-based server. The motherboard's fried though, so I need to know what I'm looking for.
Not being familiar with AMD CPUs, I don't know what'll work. The processor is an Athlon 64 X2 4600. AM2 socket. I think that's compatible with AM2+ boards, not 100% though. Also AM3? (Odds are won't be getting one of those as this will be cheap-as-possible build)
Any boards to pay particular attention to with AMD? The one that it did have was an nForce 530i chipset, dunno what AMD's chipset is. (X48, etc. equivalent)
I take what n0e says way too seriously
20th November 2007
AMD2+, yes, AM3, no (although there are boards that support both) Honestly, AM2 and even AM2+ boards are becoming increasingly difficult to find, especially good boards with 4xDIMMs and good onboard chips.
I believe the approximate equivalent of an nForce 530 is a 740G... nForce 530 is a fairly old chipset, any newer AMD chipset should far outperform it. I couldn't find any exact matches, but put it this way... an nForce 630 has a GeForce 7025 and an nForce 430 has a 6150, so a 530 falls somewhere between not good and terrible. Most of the newer AM2+ boards you'll find will probably have a 785G.
I should mention I have a 9500GT lying around that I'm going to throw in it first, so no worries there. I'll hopefully be running this headless, so I don't necessarily even need a GPU (assuming the motherboard I get will be happy to boot without one)
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
Gigabyte boards in my experience are the best for AMD. Had a few MSI and variuos other brands that have never been quit as good as Gigabyte. AMD motherboards: buy cheap and reliable components.. | Ebuyer.com There are 4 on that page and all have onboard graphics so will boot headless after os install. They only have 2 ram slots though but all support 8gb ram. Not sure if Ebuyer ship to Ireland but don't see why not. This one is not bad either Asrock N68C-S UCC AM2+ Micro-ATX Motherboard: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories It has 4 ram slots and a IDE slot so some older hardware can be used.
I had seen that second board alright, probably the one I'll go for. Ebuyer used to ship here, not any more. Can't remember why.
I love this mobo, it is compatible with all am(something) procs, i own two!
and check out what i've done with one :)