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Thread: which motherboard should i buy?




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    hi, i've just bought a Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz 533Fsb (http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=36048).
    So now i need to get a mobo. Theres so much to choose from, and i'm a bit green when it comes to hardware. this is what features i'ld like on the mobo: firwire, usb2, ddr(2700), serial ATA and be a socket 478.
    many thanks
    - Danster

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    Before I start, you did know that there is a 2.4c Ghz 800mhz FSB Hyperthreading processor that is a lot faster right?

    The board I would recommend is the ASUS P4PE for that 533mhz chip. I would recommend though that you use the newer processor as it is only a few $ more and has tons more potential, especially with the 865/875 dual channel chipsets.

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    hi Soulburner
    i really didnt need to know that!!! i've literally just bought my cpu! nevermind...

    thanks for the mobo recommendation. i'll go and check it out now.

    cheers!:cheers:
    - D

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    You could always enquire whether they have an exchange policy. Ebuyer lists the 2.4C at 124.14. Apparently they are pretty good overclockers.

    Google for reviews on Intel 865/875 based chipset motherboards. I'm sure you''ll find something that meets your budget and requirements.

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    hi,
    just been reading the reviews for the ASUS P4PE. I've got 2 USB ports and 1 firwire port built into my case. Can i plug these into the motherboard without needing to use the ports that are built into the mobo?
    also can i have a serial ATA hard disk, then with my other drives have them hooked-up using Ultra ATA? i read somewhere that this cant be done.
    many thanks
    - D

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    Quote Originally Posted by danster
    hi,
    just been reading the reviews for the ASUS P4PE. I've got 2 USB ports and 1 firwire port built into my case. Can i plug these into the motherboard without needing to use the ports that are built into the mobo?
    also can i have a serial ATA hard disk, then with my other drives have them hooked-up using Ultra ATA? i read somewhere that this cant be done.
    many thanks
    - D
    The Asus P4PE is the superceded 845 chipset and has been replaced by the 865/875 chipset. I suggest you forget about that Asus P4PE and buy a more recent release, which is backwards compatible with the 533FSB chip you bought and comes with better features.

    The 865PE and 865G chipset feature a number of improvements over the 845PE and 845GE chipsets they replace, including an 800MHz front-side bus, a dual-channel memory controller with support for DDR400 memory, AGP 8X, Serial ATA, and Intel's Communication Streaming Architecture. This last feature, Intel CSA, allows mobo makers to hang an Intel Ethernet controller right off the north bridge for high-speed networking, including Gigabit Ethernet. link
    Bye bye 845PE.

    Your case port connectors may not be compatible with the motherboard USB/Firewire headers though they can be modded to work.

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    These reviews are getting on a bit, dated from July but should give you an idea of what's what.
    The Springdale Showdown: 865PE
    3-Way i875P "Canterwood" Shoot-Out

    I've noticed the Abit IS7, IC7-Max3 and Asus P4C800 series are popular on forums I tend to visit. The good thing about that is that there is plenty of feedback on common problems and solutions to fix them.

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    christ, theres so much to think about and take into account! i might just go into pc world and talk to someone face 2 face (then buy the mobo off the internet!)
    you guys have been very helpful and quick in replying.
    - danster

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    Just go and get ya self an ASUS P4P800 Deluxe (or cheaper P4P800) and latter when ya get sick of the performance of that 2.4B then ya can flog it of to someone else and then slide a 2.4C into it. :devil win

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    I agree. Very good and overclockable motherboard for not a lot of money, and you can always change processors later. I hit 290fsb on mine today, but not stable. I'm only running a $25 Aeroflow so you can't expect too much.

    You can also utilize the dual channel memory feature speeding up your current setup.

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