Ok, i need some help switching from Intel to AMD, first of all i know i will need a new Mobo, second of all i dont know a single thing about Motherboards.
Right i really need help with is finding the best AMD Mobo and im trusing u guys on this one cause i dont know a thing about em... All I i need is the Mobo to be able to...
1. Be able to hold atleast 512MBX4 ram sticks at 400Mhz 2. Have an AGP slot for my X800 XT And i guess thats it....
Right now i pretty sure i want to get a 3800+ Venice core AMD proccessor (heard good things about them). But the cheapest one i could find is about 280 bucks off newegg. My budget is about $350 maybe 20 or 30 bucks more... But plz keep it as low as possible. Thx for help.
First off, I would recommend the 3700+ w/ the San Diego core. You'll save around $50 and won't be able to see a real-world difference.
Besides the fact that I don't really want to look, you can look at http://www.newegg.com/ and search the motherboards by selecting different criteria. From the column on the left side of the page, go to "Computer Hardware" --> "Motherboards"
Enter your RAM type, your AGP 8x, etc...There ya have it. :)
I put in everything that i knew and it only came up with these 3... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Manufactory=&PropertyCodeValue=709%3A7495&PropertyCodeValue=710%3A7502&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=723%3A7533&PropertyCodeValue=724%3A7534&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=734%3A7577&PropertyCodeValue=736%3A16892&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&description=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&SubCategory=22&Submit=Property which one of those would u reccomend?
And which one of these AMD's is best? (not price wised)
3700+ San Diego?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539 or 3800+ Venice? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103531
If u have a better CPU or Mobo in mind plz tell.
I'd consider the 3700+ instead. more cache, and are good overclockers. for a motherboard, I'd go with an AsRock 939DUAL-SATA2. Not the greatest board around, however, it does have 4 ram slots, and a AGP slot, and a PCI-e slot, incase you wish to upgrade to a PCI-e card in the future. you may also need a 24-pin PSU if you do not have one already
Wow, never heard of a Mobo that has a PCI-E slot and AGP. I will be thinking of switching to a PCI-E slot but not anytime soon.... And my PSU is a 20 PIN or 24 PIN (it has a little detachable part that adds 4 pins)
BTW: Theres nothing slow or crappy about it right? Cause u said "its not one of the best Mobo's around" Cause thats the one im probably gonna get if it has no downfalls... Or if someone come up with a better one...
I was also thinking about this Mobo http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1578189&CatId=0 Which one u think is better?
I would go with the third one in the list that you linked to, the Asus board. But if you're thinking up switching to PCI-e in the near future, and you're upgrading your CPU/mobo right now, why not kill two birds with one stone and replace your graphics card at the same time? That way you'll only have to replace your motherboard once (I don't recommened the AGP/PCI-e combo boards, they can be tricky to work with), and it will save time and money.
Well i serously doubt im gonna make the Switch to PCI-E (to expensive) and if i do it probably wont be for another 4 or 5 years... or until having a PCI-E card is a must to play games but i doubt that will happen any time soon...
Ok, down to 2 motherboards...
And im definatly gonna get the 3700+ Sand Diego http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539 (only 235 bucks)
When i say its not the greatest board around, i don't mean it sucks. Its still a great board! but there are obviously boards better than it.I think its excellent bang for the buck. If you do upgrade to PCI-e in the future, the option is there, and apprently you can use a AGP card and a PCI-e card at the same time on that board However, The Gigabyte K8U-939 is a good board to. good chipset. and gigabyte is a good brand Its your call. do you want to pay less, get the Gigabyte, or spend a little extra more, and have the option for PCI-e if you upgrade in the future I'd get the AsRock, but I would be just find with the Gigabyte in your case
Edit Errr, i did not see the Asus. Asus is a excellent brand. Myself, i am a hardcore Asus fan, however, i would be a little weary of the chipset that comes with it. Via = cheap chipsets. I've has 1 or 2 of them die on me, but none were build on an Asus motherboard. I so have an Asus motherboard with a Via chipset now, and its been running at 100% cpu useage for about a year now, working great so far!
I'd still stick with the "I'd get the AsRock, but I would be just find with the Gigabyte in your case" in your case
I would go for the first one, the Asus. That's a rock solid brand.
Yes yes...+3700 Athlon 64 San Diego, best choice. That is what I stuck in my friends comp I built for him. As for mobo, I would suggest an ASUS, because it has to stay AGP. If you decided to get pci-x, SLI and all, I suggest ABIT.