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    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.

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    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...

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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/ViewProduc...103-378&depa=0
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...170-113&depa=0
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...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/ViewProduc...roperty&DEPA=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Foul
    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.

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    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.

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