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    Yes im thinking of building another pc (a new improved movie PC), anyhoo I was just lookin for the ppl's opinion on a couple of mATX mobo's and/or other suggestions

    basically this is the system i will be building:
    - LianLi PC9300 case
    - 350W PSU
    - P4 1.6A
    - 512Mb PC2100 ram
    - Maxtor 80Gb HDD
    - Leadtek TV2000XP TV Tuner

    For a motherboard, i was looking for one with onboard video, sound, lan, and an AGP slot.

    I was swaying towards the Soltek SL-85MIV, but also I have been looking at the Asus P4s533-VM, the third option, was a VIA P4MA-L

    the reason I need the AGP slot is that I was thinking for a quick LAN-box i could throw my GF4 into this machine and it'd be fine.

    so if anyone can recommend me to get or NOT get one of the above boards it would appreciated.
    sKuLLsHoT
    www.morb.ath.cx

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    Sell the 1.6A for $200, then buy a XP1500+ ($90) and an Asus A7N266-VM ($120) which has onboard gf2, 5.1 dolby sound, lan, all the trimmings.

    ~Deke
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    Heh, do you honestly think that anyone would like to buy a used 1,6 ghz P4 for 200 us$ when a new 2,4 ghz is about 230-240 us$... :?:

    And not to mention that he would loose his exelent oc possibilitys... :(

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    Sorry but those two are talking Australian dollars. :rolleyes2


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    The OC potential of the 1500+ or 1600+ is quite good. Also, if you look into the boards mentioned, they are not OC boards, they are mATX boards, so features/space is more important than OCing.

    And yes, AU prices. Hard to find 1.6's here anymore, but a 1.7 is $240ish still.

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    ok thanks for NO HELP!! LOL

    i am an amd fan but seriously i want an opinion of those options put forward, not an alternative.

    the reason i am altering this is that basically i want to move my ****e P4 into a lesser role and get rid of this clunky big mobo i got atm (ECS P4VXAD) and shove it all into a smaller case

    now i know most ppl here dont use many micro atx offerings, but after seeing a fair few matx systems of late, i have taken a rather nice liking to them.

    so, lets say what do ppl think of those boards (even the full-atx version of the board) or more simply the chipsets used in the mobos.
    Anyone used an asus P4s533 ? what about soltek, would that board be worthy of my hard earned cash ?
    sKuLLsHoT
    www.morb.ath.cx

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    I've used an Iwill P4D with my 1.6A. It's a little old, but I've been playing with a refurb XP333-R of there's and it's been very stable and has some nice tweaks to play with. There is an mATX version of the P4D (not called P4D). It uses the 845 chipset with 266MHz DDR, but if the P4D is any indication, it should be a fine board.
    I hate ECS (were cheap, but have a hell of a time figuring out what parts are compatible with our boards), and would rather have my nuts cut off with a dull rusty knife than use them again...

    Anyway...AOpen is good from past experience. Asus is also generally good quality, but I have heard some bad stuff about the Sis chipsets.

    For strictly P4 boards, Iwill is the only one I've played with ATM, so I can't give you much more first hand experience.

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