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Lord Foul
05-10-2004, 10:48 AM
Ok, first of all, Hello all!
Second of all, im a total newb.

I need a new MoBo. . . a long story short. . . it died. . .
I use my PC for gaming, almost toatally for gaming.
I need to buy a Motherboard/CPU combo (my CPU doesnt work either).
Im a total newb, and im not sure what to look for in a good gaming motherboard/CPU.
Im hopping that you guys could point out a good gaming combo for me, ive boon shopping at www.pricewatch.com, but if there are better motherboard/cpu combos elswhere, pray tell.

Thank you in advance.

Yawgm0th
05-10-2004, 10:55 AM
Are you sure your moetherboard? Is your processor dead, too? RAM? Hard drive? Power supply? Anythin else? Are you sure a motherboard is the only thing you need?

How exactly do you know you motherboard died? If your computer simply doesn't work, there are other possibilities...

Lord Foul
05-10-2004, 11:01 PM
ok, i know i need:
(1). MotherBoard
(2). CPU
(3). RAM ( I want DDR RAM)

I'd like to get a new hard drive soon also, but i dont NEED one.
My Prower Supply is brand new.

My cpu came too close to a magnet and it doesnt work AT ALL.
How did my motherboard die?. . . *SOB*. . . i downloaded a bad BIOS flash. . . so sad. . . a bad choice one my part. I had a PC specialist come out to my house and he said "eeesh, well. . . theres nothing i can do. . . downleaded a BIOS flash did you? hmm, your SOL bud, looks like your on the market for a new motherboard."

I also have about $170-$200 bucks to spend, and im looking for a motherboard with DDR RAM.

Lord Foul
05-11-2004, 01:46 AM
Ok, ive found this Motherboard, how is it?

Generic - - Via VT8753 2-DDRSlots w/ MegaFan HeavyDuty Fan CooperFan UltraFan or ThermalTake P4 Fan.
Details:
MUST MENTION PRICE WATCH-with cpu - Pentium 4 2.8GHz 800 MHz FSB w/Heatsink & Fan.(included Arctic Silver & standard White Thermal Compound)
Part - SMB-P42800
Updated - 5/9, 9:28 AM

Is it good, i hope so :D

BTW its on www.pricewatch.com

Steaksauce
05-11-2004, 04:57 AM
Well, I recommend www.newegg.com. I cant really give any other advice as Im no expert. But for a quality mobo, processor, and ddr ram, your probably looking at a little bit more than 200.

If you shop around newegg, you can probably find a decent rig to start yourself with, the key is to just look around.

Steaksauce
05-11-2004, 05:00 AM
Well, I recommend www.newegg.com. I cant really give any other advice as Im no expert. But for a quality mobo, processor, and ddr ram, your probably looking at a little bit more than 200.

If you shop around newegg, you can probably find a decent rig to start yourself with, the key is to just look around.

Morgan_Lander
05-11-2004, 06:56 AM
If it were just the CPU and motherboard, $200 is easy. Adding in sufficient RAM is nearly impossible, unless you go with the lowest bidder---not a good idea, or go with only 256MB of DDR---not a good idea.

Newegg is good.

Yawgm0th
05-11-2004, 08:11 AM
Yeah, you're really going to need to increase that budget if you want this to run games smoothly.

That said, here's the closest I can see you coming to that budget without having a crappy system that's no good for gaming:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-378&depa=0
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-170-113&depa=0
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-146-219&depa=0

Total = $226 + shipping

But you'd be much better off with a Barton 3000 for $63 more:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=property&DEPA=0

Spongebob
05-13-2004, 11:30 AM
Ok, ive found this Motherboard, how is it?

Generic - - Via VT8753 2-DDRSlots w/ MegaFan HeavyDuty Fan CooperFan UltraFan or ThermalTake P4 Fan.
Details:
MUST MENTION PRICE WATCH-with cpu - Pentium 4 2.8GHz 800 MHz FSB


If your going with a Pentium 4 CPU, I suggest staying away from a board that has a Via chipset on it and go with a board that has an Intel 865PE or better chipset instead.
I reget getting the P4 boards I have with VIA chipsets. Not the best gaming boards in the world in my opinion. Believe me you would notice the difference if you've tried several of each type like I have.

Yawgm0th
05-13-2004, 12:57 PM
I would suggest not getting a P4 system, regardless of budget. It's faster and more efficient monetarily to get either an Athlon XP or Athlon6, depending on budget4. In this case, a P4 is pretty much out of the question.