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    New Motherboard

    I'm THINKING of upgrading to a new MotherboardCPU combo that will give me morefaster memory capability, latest BIOS support, etc. but still give me the ability to retain my 2 WD hard drives and 2 optical CDDVD drives. ( for now at least ) It seems like a majority of boards have SATA and only one IDE connection.
    I LIKE Gigabyte but I'm not chained to it. Checked out their website and I want to buy one of everything, so it seems. Intel or AMD are both in the running for CPU.

    What I would like to do is go to website where I can poke in my requirements or wish list and have it come back to me with some recommendations that fit my preferences.
    Directron.com used to have this comparison but after looking at it, it seems to be getting a little "dated".

    I DON'T want to buy a pre-packed OEM system, so the selection process to pick components is the way I want to go.
    So....can anyone point me to a site that will do this OR even recommend a "super" MB combo right off the bat?
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    Re: New Motherboard

    I'd be interested to hear what Windows Genuine Advantage makes of a new motherboard, and whether you need to ring Microsoft to explain about it!
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    Re: New Motherboard

    I'm sure a new motherboard will require an "update report" to Redmond.

    But that's not too bad. I understand it's less than a dozen pages, single spaced! <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/cop.gif border=0 alt=cop width=15 height=24>
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    Re: New Motherboard

    No hits?
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    Re: New Motherboard

    I'm pretty sure a new MoBo will require an OK from Redmond.

    I thought it was double spaced to make it seem longer and more important. <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>
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    Re: New Motherboard

    @Bob - I built a new system from the ground up Sept. 2007. There is no one source that will tell you what is the "best combination". There are simply too many factors for that to be possible. I spent months studying reviews and reading forums finally settling on this configuration:

    Cooler Master 690 case
    4 120mm case fans, 1 80mm fan on back of CPU
    Abit IP35 Pro mobo
    Intel Duo-Core E6750
    Enzotech Ultra-X CPU cooler w/120MM 3 pin fan
    2 GB Corsair HDX 6400 RAM
    BFG 7950 GT OC 256/256MB graphic card
    Pioneer 18x SATA CD/DVD DL
    Corsair HX 620 watt PSU
    LSI Logic SCSI I/O board
    2 IBM/Hitachi 36GB U320 SCSI 10k RPM drives
    1 300MB Maxtor SATA1 drive
    1 320GB Seagate SATA2 drive
    1 Hitachi 75GB PATA drive

    I chose an Abit board because of the range of overclocking options available. I had a lot of problems initially with the Abit board and I blamed Abit for a long while but eventually, the problem turned out to be a flaky memory stick from Corsair. Once it was replaced, I have not had any problems at all with the Abit board. Abit also has a very good user support forum here:
    http://forum.uabit.com/forumdisplay.php?f=48

    Here is a list of forum and review sites for your viewing pleasure. Some of the best information will be found on the overclocker forums because those guys are pushing the limits. Fun to read some of it also. I run a 20% overclock on my system.

    http://forums.pcper.com/
    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/sections...es_and_cooling/
    http://forums.guru3d.com//index.php
    http://www.legitreviews.com/index.php http://www.ocforums.com/index.php?
    http://www.rhcf.com/sis-bin/ultimatebb.cgi
    http://forums.guru3d.com//forumdisplay.php?forumid=11
    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/
    http://www.legionhardware.com/list.php
    http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/reviews/
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/page/motherboard

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    Re: New Motherboard

    Bill,
    Thanks for the post.
    >>>There is no one source that will tell you what is the "best combination

    I guess what I am really looking for is a site ( generally a broad line distributor ) that will give choices of compatibility, rather than best combination.
    I mentioned one ( Directron.com ) that used to have a great setup that would allow you to pick and choose various combinations of hardware and also keep a running price of what you had selected so far.
    For example, you could pick a MB, say a Gigabyte GA-xxxx. It would list the features of that board and what is was selling for.
    Then it gave you choices of CPUs that were compatible with that MB. You selected one and it added your costs up. Next choose how much memory and type and calculated the prices, etc, etc.
    You could then go back and change a selection to see what effect it had.
    Unfortunately, Directron seems a little out of date with it's selections now and that's why I'm trying to find another site or sites with similar features.

    I'm not too interested in overclocking or gaming but do admit to having "bumped" my existing speeds a bit but not to any extreme.

    My one hard requirement is the retention of two EIDE slots for my two HDs and two optical drives. I would eventually upgrade them, but not right away.
    So, MB, CPU and Memory. That's what I'm looking to upgrade now.
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    Re: New Motherboard

    There are sites that let you put together the combo's that you want and price them out. Here's one I found quickly by doing a Google search on "Custom PC":
    http://www.pugetsystems.com/certified_sys.php?sys_id=18

    "So, MB, CPU and Memory. That's what I'm looking to upgrade now."

    You can do this but if you make a large change in your motherboard and CPU, then you usually wind up having to or wanting to upgrade most of the rest of your components. For instance, the power supply and cooling might need to be upgraded. Then you usually say, why not upgrade the video card also since they are getting cheaper all the time? Which brings up the question of do you want one or two video cards? Crossfire or SLI? And so on.

    If you are referring to IDE plugs on the mobo with your IDE requirement then you are going to be very limited with current mobo's. Most have only ONE IDE slot (which supports up to 2 devices) and some have none as most everyone has moved to SATA devices which are more reliable and faster. Some boards don't even have floppy connector's any longer.

    As to memory, you should read these links (DON'T go for 8MB of memory with a 32bit Windows consumer OS):

    Windows version memory limits:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778.aspx

    Also Windows memory by Mark Russinovich:
    http://blogs.technet.com/markrussino...1/3092070.aspx

    You are going to have to make a list of must have's and then start reading mobo reviews on the list of sites I provided.

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    Re: New Motherboard

    Bill,
    The link you provided seems to be of the type I am looking for. Will have to google for more.

    As for the pros and cons involved, I AM pretty much aware of these things. ALL of my current and past systems have been so called "custom builds" and I'm not exactly a newbie with them or computer systems .

    I am trying to do a GRADUAL upgrade and will do so as my budget allows, since there are many other things that take a much higher priority in my cash flow than a faster computer system, ( sorry to say! )

    The hard drives and opticals are back burner items that I may settle for using SATA to IDE adapters. For the time being.

    But....thanks, I'll check into that link. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>
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