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    Default the bestest, cheapest, S939 board?

    im now looking for a board for my bro, it needs to be a good overclocker, and its either getting an opteron 144/146 or an athlon 64 3200/3400. it needs to have PCI-E and S-ATA, yet have ide ports. not interested in sli. am interested in getting any of the above cpus to around 2.6ghz, probably the slower of the two families. it needs to be stable. around 80, may push the boat out, though.
    oh, yeah, it needs to be UK. preferably 20-pin atx, but then again, he may get a new psu. cant think of any other requirements at the moment.....

    please can i have peoples opinions?
    System Specs:
    AMD athlon 64 3200 venice @ 2.4ghz
    Asrock Dual-939SATA2
    Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 chip r430 @ 480mhz core/540mhz mem with 1.6v vcore
    1gb Corsair XMS TwinX PC3200 timings 2-3-3-6 at 400mhz
    250gb Hitatchi deskstar T7K500 SATAII disk
    160gb samsung spinpoint PATA disk
    Asus 1608P2 DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
    Unbranded 500W PSU single 17A rail
    Innovatek and Asetek Watercooling (triple fan radiator)
    LOTS OF METAL

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    Default Re: the bestest, cheapest, S939 board?

    Almost all new PCI-E socket 939 motherboards have 24-pin PSU connectors. The only one I know of is the ASRock 939Dual.

    I'd suggest you just stick with the tried and true DFI LANParty NF4. You'll probably want an Ultra-Infinity for cost purposes. If not, get an Ultra-D.

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    So true. A DFI Lanparty Ultra-D and an Opteron 144 would make for very nice combo for some overclocking goodness. Uprading the PSU is necessary and would truely help with overall stability.
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    Fook that, if you're on a budget and don't need SLI but want Sata & PCIeX.......go with a Soltek K890-Pro as it may only be a Via chipset but out clocks the spendy boards on air, while most DFI boards do less on Water. It has on board 7.1 surround & 1Gb ethernet and a 3000+ OC's stable to 2.5gb on air. DFI will get you no further before the jump to AM2 boards hit the market anyway, and they are only major tweaker friendly.
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    Well, if you can only get a 3000+ to 2.5GB on air, you are not trying nearly hard enough. I know of 2 people getting 2.7GHz+ stable on air and 2.8GHz+ stable on water. No other motherboard out will run an overclock as stable as the DFI. Even 2.6Ghz should/would be a walk in the park. Using good ram and a good power supply when overclocking is a must and the components that are almost always overlooked.

    As for outclocking the DFI on water, I would love to see some actual facts/results. That is next to impossible for me to believe. I can easily run my 3700+ San Diego @ 2.92GHz on water on my DFI board and it would not run over 2.85GHz on any MSI/ASUS board I tried before it.

    If you need a great budget board, the DFI Ultra Infinity is definitely a must get. I really don't think the new AMD socket is going to be worth the money when first released as it has not shown and leap in speed. Socket 939 will be viable for at least the next 2-3 years and will only get cheaper and cheaper. My money stays on the 939 for some time to come.
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    Default Re: the bestest, cheapest, S939 board?

    I know but he said he was on a budget!
    And what casecutter said^^^ right was just drinkin when i posted:)
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    thx all. ive looked up the infinity; it doesnt look special, but it is cheap enough.... my main gripe is the 24 pin atx, but me bro can jolly well fork out for a new PSU if he wants DFI goodness.
    System Specs:
    AMD athlon 64 3200 venice @ 2.4ghz
    Asrock Dual-939SATA2
    Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 chip r430 @ 480mhz core/540mhz mem with 1.6v vcore
    1gb Corsair XMS TwinX PC3200 timings 2-3-3-6 at 400mhz
    250gb Hitatchi deskstar T7K500 SATAII disk
    160gb samsung spinpoint PATA disk
    Asus 1608P2 DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
    Unbranded 500W PSU single 17A rail
    Innovatek and Asetek Watercooling (triple fan radiator)
    LOTS OF METAL

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    hang on, i was looking at the one with the non-lanparty tag. anything decent with a lanparty tag is simply too expensive. are there any good other brands, such as asus or gigabyte that do decent cheap nforce4 boards?
    System Specs:
    AMD athlon 64 3200 venice @ 2.4ghz
    Asrock Dual-939SATA2
    Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 chip r430 @ 480mhz core/540mhz mem with 1.6v vcore
    1gb Corsair XMS TwinX PC3200 timings 2-3-3-6 at 400mhz
    250gb Hitatchi deskstar T7K500 SATAII disk
    160gb samsung spinpoint PATA disk
    Asus 1608P2 DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
    Unbranded 500W PSU single 17A rail
    Innovatek and Asetek Watercooling (triple fan radiator)
    LOTS OF METAL

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    Default Re: the bestest, cheapest, S939 board?

    The non lanparty board is very good as well, just missing some of the usually unneeded options of it's big brother. If you want to overclock, don't get any other board than a DFI of maybe a MSI. ASUS boards are 50/50 when it comes to overclocking and the rest just don't usually cut it. As for the 24 pin AXT, all modern boards now have it soe he is gonna need to upgrade to that spec anyways.

    For a budget and still a great overclocker, DFI Infinity : http://www.ninjalane.com/display.asp...inity-nf4ultra

    The "best" S939 board for OCing : DFI Lanprty UT nF4 ULTRA-D

    Only other decent overclocking choice: MSI K8N NEO4-F (not the most stable, but it will overclock relatively well)
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    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
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    Default Re: the bestest, cheapest, S939 board?

    ok thx ver much :)
    System Specs:
    AMD athlon 64 3200 venice @ 2.4ghz
    Asrock Dual-939SATA2
    Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 chip r430 @ 480mhz core/540mhz mem with 1.6v vcore
    1gb Corsair XMS TwinX PC3200 timings 2-3-3-6 at 400mhz
    250gb Hitatchi deskstar T7K500 SATAII disk
    160gb samsung spinpoint PATA disk
    Asus 1608P2 DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
    Unbranded 500W PSU single 17A rail
    Innovatek and Asetek Watercooling (triple fan radiator)
    LOTS OF METAL

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