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Thread: Non-OC'er seeks Top quality board




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    Long time AMD user seeking new Intel top performer.
    Wanted:
    845E or G chipset (unless you can argue otherwise?)
    Fast and stable (not overclocked)
    USB2.0 and firewire a plus.
    ATA133
    RAID would be nice with highpoint even better.
    Built in LAN is a plus.
    Needs to speak PS/2 for possible Linux/BSD use.
    Technical abilities like latest DDR (2700?)memory support, and jumperless design would be an asset.
    I'd like to get as close to cutting edge features and speed without having to overclock.

    I've looked at the Abit BG7, Epox 4g4a+, Asus P4B533-e and the Gigabytes 8iexp.

    Is there anything really wrong with any of these boards Is one particularly faster or more stable.

    I like the gadgety features that Asus seems to package with their boards.

    I'm going around in circles looking at all the forums, reviews, vendors, and opinions. I dont care to overclock so that makes it even harder to sort through the pros and cons and decide on a board.

    Help a cross-eyed lurker out please!

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    If you are after stable and gadgety then check out this board from MSI, the 845E Max2-BLR:

    http://www.msi.com.tw/products/mainb...model=MS-6398E

    Everything you wanted except for firewire I think.......
    My Box:
    Intel Pentium 4 2.4C @ 2.7
    DFI 875P Lanparty
    512Mb Geil PC3500 Dual Channel (Cas 2-6-3-3 @450MHz DDR)
    Leadtek A280 Geforce4 4200 MyVIVO
    Audigy DE
    1 x 73Gb Seagate fibre channel 10krpm (boot drive) with LSI HBA
    1x80Gig Seagate Barracuda ATA V
    1x120Gig Western Digital 8mb cache
    Spiffy Antec Super Lanboy (LED fan and UV light)

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    Thanks I looked at that one, it seemed nice.

    Anyone else have any thoughts?

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    I guess the 845G chipped ones would be nice as some seem to have the right dividers to run DDR333 , Ive read that the Epox and the Asus ones with the chipset support the faster ram.

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    Hi,

    You can checkout the Epox EP-4G4A+, review at

    http://www.tweaktown.com/document.ph...Id=269&dPage=9

    Bought one this week and very nice MB.

    Details from Epox:

    http://www.epox.com/html/english/pro...d/ep-4g4a+.htm

    Cheerz :) :D ;)

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    Hows the board Kenny C??
    I was looking at that board for myself and a friend too.
    Is it stable ?? No problems whatsoever so far?

    Oh and whats the sound like....is it passable or pure crap?
    :cheers:

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