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    I need a motherboard (athlon XP) that is quality, but doesn't cost a bundle. This is not going to be a performace oriented system - no tweaking/gaming, etc.. perhaps on the VIA KT266 or KT333?

    It wouldn't hurt to have onboard LAN or sound, but it doesn't make a real huge difference.

    Any specific suggestions? Maybe a good brand to look at? Maybe one to avoid?

    It is hard to find good non-performance oriented mobos... no one reviews them!

    Thanks

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    Athlon XP2500+ FSB333<br>
    Soltek SL-75FRN -L<br>
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    you want something stable and safe then, my MoBo, the soltek SL-75DRV5 is well priced, stable and has burnproof, so those who don't have sufficent cooling dont have to worry about toasting your CPU.
    Athlon XP 1600+ @ 1662Mhz | Volcano 7+ HSF | Soltek SL-75DRV5 | 256MB Corsair XMS-3000 DDR RAM | 44x44x24 Yamaha CDR-W F1 | 16x Liteon DVD | 40Gig 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda | 20Gig 5400rpm Seagate | GeForce2 MX-400 | SB Live! | RTL8139A NIC | RTL8139B NIC | 12 Fans | 1 x ss Blue cc | 2 x Red Neons | 450W Codgen PSU | Logitech Z-340 2.1 Sub and sats | 17" Osborune Monitor | Win XP Pro | M$ explorer rat and keyboard | Everglide Attack Optical

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    KX7 - 333 from Abit is just great i own it and its very stable. But its come with nothing at all. But i did just buy an ASUS nForce mobo. Its comes with Onboard sound/LAN/and Geforce 2 all for 70 bucks here in the US. I haven't tried it out yet but i happen to know 2 people with them and people arouind TT have said goods things about them. It nice to know that your integrated Video is a decent Geforce2...not bad i say and on top of that its come with onboard 5.1 sound which also is a nice feature and its all priced very very reasonably.
    - Damien

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    err... GeForce2 is not decent
    Athlon XP 1600+ @ 1662Mhz | Volcano 7+ HSF | Soltek SL-75DRV5 | 256MB Corsair XMS-3000 DDR RAM | 44x44x24 Yamaha CDR-W F1 | 16x Liteon DVD | 40Gig 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda | 20Gig 5400rpm Seagate | GeForce2 MX-400 | SB Live! | RTL8139A NIC | RTL8139B NIC | 12 Fans | 1 x ss Blue cc | 2 x Red Neons | 450W Codgen PSU | Logitech Z-340 2.1 Sub and sats | 17" Osborune Monitor | Win XP Pro | M$ explorer rat and keyboard | Everglide Attack Optical

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    EPoX are very good and help with adventures to the darkside well. :devil win
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    Quote Originally Posted by SegiY
    err... GeForce2 is not decent
    Notice WeCaughtYou mentioned "no tweaking/gaming"...so i think GeForce2 would be more than enough for him
    - Damien

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    A GF2 would be fine for what these systems will be used for. That Asus nForce board sounds like a winner. Where did you get that price at? What is the model #?

    Thanks for all the replies

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    Athlon XP2500+ FSB333<br>
    Soltek SL-75FRN -L<br>
    2X256 Corsair XMS PC3200<br>
    80GB Deskstar 7200RPM</font>
    </p></td><td width="125"><p align="center"><font color="#003300" size="-3" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sound
    Blaster Live!<br>
    Volcano 7+<br>
    GeForce 4 Ti4200 64MB<br>
    19" TRINITRON CRT FLAT<br><br> ANTEC true430 PSU</font>
    </p></td></tr></table>

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    Newegg.com (based in Cali)has them sold out at the moment...but shentech.com (based in NY) has them in stock...

    Just look under Socket A mobo's and look for the Asus nForce.
    - Damien

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