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    Need Motherboard Recommended

    I need to replace a motherboard in an older system. The current make is unknown, i.e. has no name. I am totally drawing a blank on this one. It would need to take: PC133 16x64, an XP1700+ and could be either ATX or microATX. Onboard graphics is ok if it has to be, as well as onboard everything else I suppose. The prefered chipset: no preference. Beggers can't be chooseres, hehe. This is for my neighbors mom, so it would just be an AOL-machine.
    Thanx for the pointers in advance!

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    Replying to myself... seems the Asrock K7VM2 would be ideal... too bad I can't find one for sale anywhere.
    Any other thoughts?

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    It ain't worth it to save that RAM. I would get a DDR board.
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    Bingo! I just talked to her an hour ago and I successfully talked her into basically what you have suggested. She doesn't have much money, but she signed off on $200 for parts. She'll be much happier with a DDR system.
    Thanx Bill... here comes the beloved vague question with minimal reference points: what under $120 budget board would you go with?

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    Depends - Intel or AMD? Does she need onboard video?

    Supporting a VIA board is easiest -

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...127-162&depa=0
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    XP1700+. She has an old TNT2 agp... perhaps onboard video would be a decent option considering the TNT2.
    I like your choice of board, one can always rely on you for A+ advice.

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    Does it have to be new? Any nForce 2 motherboard would be perfect.
    GeForce 2 standard video, dual channel, onboard sound and LAN, lots of USBs.
    You'll be able to find one on eBay for a very good price, well under $120.

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    Any of the NF2 / IGP chipsets make pretty good All-in-One budget systems. Shuttle and Biostar both have done reasonable for me.

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    Hmm, I just need something cheap and reliable. I had a few pulls lying around here but I sold some stuff on ebay... which brings me to your suggettion. Perhaps I should look on ebay. I say a cheapo PCCHIPS board on newegg for $30. The lady doesn't even know how to burn cd's or anything. She is just an emailer, so a cheap, featureless, but reliable mobo replacemant will be fine. I just thought somebody knew about a $30-$40 board that is a known-reliable brand... since I am not too sure about PCCHIPS. Perhaps they are better now, I don't even know.
    Thanx for the input, ya'll .

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