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 Post subject: My motherboard just died
PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 1:33 pm 
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Can someone suggest a good but inexpensive motherboard...one of my computers just died and I found that it's the motherboard I need to replace.

The components that are in it are:

P4 1.7GHz
256MB Rambios (yeah I know that is old)
16MB PNY Video Card (Don't know the model off hand)
300 Watt Codegen Power Supply (don't know if that makes a difference)

and obviously a Hard, Optical, and floppy drive. The motherboard that died is an Intel D850GB.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 2:36 pm 
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Depends on your definition of "inexpensive". To me, that's in the $65-$100 range if you include "good" with it.

ABIT "IS7-E"
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MSI "865PE Neo2-PFS (Platinum Edition)"

Basically, I'd search for a 865P or 865PE for a higher performance board, and if you just want a pretty standard board, then the 845P will get ya by, but the price between that and the 865 is minimal...I'd lean towards 865PE's.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 3:54 pm 
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Thanks for the info...I would like to get a "really good" motherboard, but at the moment it isn't in the budget. And I was thinking in that range $50-$75, so the ones you showed me are pretty good.

Thanks again


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 5:12 pm 
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I don't think his RAM will fit in those motherboards you linked will it?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 5:29 pm 
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ABIT "IS7-E" - RAM: 4x DIMM for Dual Channel DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB

ABIT "IS7" - RAM: 4x DIMM for Dual-Channel DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB

MSI "865PE Neo2-PFS (Platinum Edition)" - RAM: 4x DIMM for Dual-Channel DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB

Nope, not a one will.

I've been searching for some RAMBUS supporting motherboards from back in the day, but I can't find anything under 125$, example the Asus p4t533:

http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=p4t ... ch+Froogle

If I were you, I'd take this time to get a nice, new-gen mobo with the i865 chipset and think of it as having moderate upgrade potential. Also, spend what you would've spent on getting the same RIMM supporting board to get a nice stick of cheap DDR in the PC3200 range:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 332&depa=0 - cheap ram, 45$ for a 256mb stick of 3200 coupled with the Abit IS7-E from up above will run you approx. 123$ shipped.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 6:03 pm 
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No problem...the ram can be substituted...I have some stick of SDRAM laying around...unforunetly no DDR ram though. Don't have the money to buy a really good motherboard.

I noticed that when I was looking at motherboards on the website.


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a 256 MB stick of DDR400 (a.k.a. PC3200) will cost about $40-50.


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also you might try refurbished at newegg, save even more to buy memory

edit mothers there start at about 29 dollars 1 dollar to ship. memory starts at 30+ for 256 no name to 40 for name brand, kingston, crucial 256


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 1:32 pm 
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Thanks Shifty! I had left out the RAMBUS and offered the 865PE's as I had assumed that it was pretty manditory to get out from under those damn things as fast as you can, and when you can.

I've still got one, but I had the ability to build out of that crap instead of upgrading within that chipset. They really tricked us with that one:p The arguement was a good (and valid) one at the time, but the fact that RAMBUS memory would drop off the map didn't even occur to me. I figured, if it goes big time, fine. If it loses out to DDR, then the stuff will be in the bargain basement. Again...damn rambus :evil:


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