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Spec me a mobo kind sir's.

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Insanity, 16 May 2006.

  1. Insanity

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,747

    Location: Tasmania (Australia)

    Looking to spend no more than $200AUS (80 pounds) for a Socket 939 board.

    I'll just list what the board must have and let you guys take it from there.

    Must Have:

    - Onboard sound (Something fairly decent, and stock ac'97 headers, not high definition)
    - Onboard Ethernet
    - Atleast 2 rear USB's, and another 2 headers for front USB
    - 4 ram banks
    - Must be jumperless (Not including the cmos jumper, obviously)
    - 1 x PCI-e slot and 2 or 3 PCI
    - Atleast 2 SATA plugs
    - Must be able to handle an X2 3800+ or better (havent chosen a chip yet, could go as high as a 4400)
    - Must be pretty much plug and play, i wanna bang everything in, hit optomized defaults and go, i shall tweak it later. (This may count out DFI boards, from what i've heard)


    Would be nice to have, but not essential:

    - SLi ready, i only have one card at the moment, but that could change
    - Onboard video, incase my card goes pop :D
    - More than 2 SATA plugs

    And thats about it.... i dont ask for much, do i? :p

    If you think of anything else i didnt consider, feel free to chip in.
     
    Last edited: 16 May 2006
  2. Mikey1280

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Jan 2006

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    Location: South East London

    Epox 9NPA+ Ultra meets all spec points as far as I can see, however what do you mean by jumperless? Almost all boards will have jumpers for things like audio.
     
  3. Insanity

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Tasmania (Australia)

    My current one doesnt, was hoping to avoid them if possible.
     
  4. Mikey1280

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,526

    Location: South East London

    Erm well the Epox has jumpers for audio and cmos, not too much hass IMO, whats wrong with jumpers?
     
  5. Insanity

    Wise Guy

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    They're just fiddly and a pain in the ass. :p
     
  6. Insanity

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,747

    Location: Tasmania (Australia)

    Here's two boards that fall within the budget that im considering. (im not as fussed about the whole jumper thing anymore)

    This one

    or

    This one

    Anybody know what these are like?
     
  7. split

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,534

    Location: Dorset

    Massive thread here on the asrock. (dunno if thats exact model you listed)
    Seems popular.