Best Motherboard $$$$$
I'm new at this ...And I want to build my own PC....I'd Like to start with a "ATX" style board that will be able to suit my needs now, and still have alot of options for future upgrades.
I plan to run:
300 Watt case
333-350 Mhz CPU that I can "overclock" upwards of 400+ Mhz. AMD or PII?
64 meg ram sdram w/room to expand
32x CD Rom
8.4 GB Maxtor UDMA 10Ms 256k 5200rpm
56 k Flex Modem
24x Dvd player inboard
Sound Card 16 bit 3D
Video Card 4Meg
I still want to have the best options for later upgrades.
Need advice on Brand Names & model #'s, or other components, that would be good to consider?
Object is to stay as cheap as possable but, not so cheap that I end up with "Junk".
"The Best Bang for The Buck"
High quality US made motherboards are from AMI, SuperMicro and Tyan. AMI is priced the highest.
Good motherboards built overseas are from Asus, Aopen, Abit and TekRam.
The best compromise in stability, price and performance, is probably Tyan and Asus.
Get the boards that uses the BX Chipset.
The web sites are: www.<name>.com
except for: www.abit-usa.com
-I'm not certain about Tekram.
About AMD and Intel.
All their CPU's have design flaws. Each batch carries the identical flaw. From the beginning of production 'till the end.
Intel openly acknowledges this. You can find the exact errata each batch of chips are affected with by just a little digging on their site. But don't dig. In this case we're better off not knowing. I wish I didn't.
Anyhow, the point is, we see more people looking for help (chip specific) with AMD on these types of forums. Yes?
May I suggest that you consider dropping (No. Don't consider, drop it.) the
4MB Video card and purchase a 16MB AGP card based on the nVidia TNT chipset. Diamond,Creative,Elsa,Asus, and others are all using this chip to a great degree of sucsess. It can be bought for less than $110.
You can cut your cost by dropping the CD-Rom drive. The DVD drive will double as your CD-Rom. The Sony is good. Another point. The video card has to at least support software DVD which these TNT based cards do.
You may also consider dropping the DVD player
and buying just a fast CD-Rom. Kenwood makes the True40x40 and True52x52 drives. It's sold under the Hi-Val brand name. These are about $100. You'll save not getting the DVD Player (Get a proper player for your TV. Makes much more sense anyway -more enjoyable
Do your online shooping at: www.buycomp.com
When your there, click "text only" under the logo at the left, then bookmark it. There's alot of stuff and it makes things easier using the text only site. If BuyComp doesn't have something in stock, as an alternative try: http://necxdirect.necx.com
Look there for the motherboards.
As pricing goes, go to: www.pricescan.com/0101.asp
These are good recommendations. I hope you agree.
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