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Tech Heads..help with motherboard required,please.

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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
Hi to all the techie people out there:)

I am looking to upgrade my computer for as little as possible.I'm considering an AMD Athlon 64 processor (939) but will be needing a motherboard that supports AGP,pc3200 ram and an IDE harddrive.

So far the only motherboard I can find is this click here at ebuyer,and whilst it will do the job,my husband,who will be doing the build,is less than impressed!

so what I am wanting from you,my friends,is recommendations of alternative motherboards or websites I can look at to try and find one meself!
I have looked on ebuyer,dabs and overclockers,this motherboard is the only one i can see so far.

Thanking you,in anticipation..............
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
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#1
anyone?:-(

I appreciate that my requirement is as common as rocking horse poo,so maybe you could suggest a way for me to be able to upgrade for around £100.

I currently have amd xp2000,ati radeon 9550 graphics(agp),1 gig sdram(pc3200 I think) and 80 gig hd(ide I also think)

My problem is that my pooter is now struggling to play games.I don't play fps type games,mainly things like sims2,the movies and management god sim games.The latest god sim games though are becoming out of reach for my system now.My graphics card is fine for my gaming requirements I feel and that is why i am loath to replace it.

Any advice at all will be much appreciated:)
#2
get something by asus instead if you are looking for a motherboard though it will cost a tad more.
#3
Bumping,any advice at all will be appreciated
#4
Sorry... I draw blank with PC specs. Hope you get the right help here :)
#5
if im not mistaken xp2000 is not using socket 939 but socket A?
anyways ide and pc3200 wont be a problem since socket 939 still use these.

anyway here is a good motherboard for u
ddr/ide/agp/939 as requested

but if you are buying a new processor since xp2000 is not socket 939
I would recommend selling the old stuff
and buy am2 instead

am2 board will cost you around £40 thats with onboard gfx which should be faster than your ati 9550.
plus £80 for a dualcore amd 3800+
another £30 will get you 512mb ddr ram
these will set you back £150 BUT Im sure you can get £50 selling your old stuff on ebay ;)

If u r interested Im sure I have a 1 month old am2 board I can sell to u. just let me know
#6
I've had a search and can't find any socket 939 boards that have AGP, they all have PCI Express these days. My only suggestion, which might not help, is get a PCI-E motherboard with built in graphics, sell your 9550 and then buy a better pci-e card at some point.

The other option is search ebay for a 2nd hand motherboard.
#7
thanks coke dude,that mobo looks great,I am sure my OH will approve of that,asus is a good make from all that I have read.

I know that my current mobo is socket A,That's the problem,I can't just upgrade the processor as the only thing that is available is the duron,which is lower than what i currently have.The only other way is ebay and i am very wary of buying components through them.

I can get an amd athlon 64 3700 oem for about £45,or boxed 3700 or 3800 for about £59,that is what I was looking at.We also have a spare radeon 9600xt graphics card,maybe this is a bit better than the 9550,so could use that instead.

I will have a look re the am2 route,and maybe get back to you with regards the mobo you have.

thanks once again:thumbsup:
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#8
thanks for looking,vurt:)

Had not really thought about on board graphics so it is something for me to look at as another option.
#9
upgrading for as little as possible is a waste of time IMO,

it would be better to get the full PC from one of the deals previously listed here...

Socket 939, is end of line, thus the only proper place ot get one would be ebay...
#10
if you just play sims etc onboard gfx is enough with decent result. If im not mistaken the speed of onboard gfx is faster than your current gfx. so you should get better result.

looks like you definitely have to buy a new cpu.

so what I would recommend is to sell your ati9550, the xp2000 and DDR. Im sure you can get minimum £50 for them. (just checked on ebay average £30 for the ati alone!). then buy am2 with new ddr2 memory. it never hurts to get new components :)
#11
with regards to the graphics card,coke dude,my Oh has an x800 pro(agp),which,when he is looking to upgrade(he is considering the core 2 duo 6400 with cheap asrock mobo as stop gap until he goes PCI-E route) can be passed on to me........so that is why I am trying to exhaust the agp route as there seems to be quite a bit of life in it for me with my humble gaming needs.

I only use my pc for gaming or surfing,so would i really need a dual core processor?
#12
coke_dude
if im not mistaken xp2000 is not using socket 939 but socket A?
anyways ide and pc3200 wont be a problem since socket 939 still use these.

anyway here is a good motherboard for u
ddr/ide/agp/939 as requested

but if you are buying a new processor since xp2000 is not socket 939
I would recommend selling the old stuff
and buy am2 instead

am2 board will cost you around £40 thats with onboard gfx which should be faster than your ati 9550.
plus £80 for a dualcore amd 3800+
another £30 will get you 512mb ddr ram
these will set you back £150 BUT Im sure you can get £50 selling your old stuff on ebay ;)

If u r interested Im sure I have a 1 month old am2 board I can sell to u. just let me know


http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/094640

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=103758

I would purchase the above two. I am sute you hubby knows all about DFI when it comes to motherboards? Also the route I am taking for you is just socket 939. (Not AM2). The reason behind this is so you can get dual core CPU which will do you good for the near future, you can plug your exisiting ram straight into it, and your hard drive of course.

I have purpously gone for a PCI-express motherboard, but with onboard video. This way you can use the onboard video as a stop gap until you sell your existing motherboard, processor, and graphics card. This will then free up the extra cash to buy a medium range but fairly decent PCI-express graphics card.

The reason behind this is that PCI-ecpress are easier to get hold of AND they are a lot cheaper over AGP for an equivalent performing card.

You should expect to get about £50-£60 for your old stuff on eBay. For this amount of cash you can get hold of a 7600gs whcih is suitable for your needs plus more if need be.

But the above two cost about £130 so you will have to put a few quid extra to it.

EDIT: Ok forget the above, as you can get a decent AGP card for free.

Try this:

AGP Motetherboard - http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=116265

3800+ processor (Venice core, higher clocked but less cache, better for gaming) - http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=88104

Total £96 with super saver delivery.
#13
ya if you are looking for a dual core processor then head for intel. but dont go for a cheap motherboard my advice is fork out a little more and i'll say that the x800 pro is pretty dam good even by todays standards and theres not much point in changing and also according to my friend says that the x800 and core 2 duo's clock very well.
#14
Just to mention, you had better get your hubby to check your PSU, if it's a 350w PSU you should be ok to run the x800 and the new 64 bit processor.

Don't let people say otherwise, I have ran two systems on more powerful cards with just 350w and never had a problem, and seeing you only have one small hard drive to contend with 350w will be a okay.

I say check it because some of these older sytems only have a 250w PSU stuck in them, that would be a no go. If it is only a low end one (300w or below), do not spend crazy money on a new one, for your needs the cheap one will be just fine. £15 quid or so will cover it, in fact I have found a 450w PSU on eBuyer for just £12, so no delivery if you add it your bundle I have listed above. Not sure how good the 12v rail is but for your needs it does not matter.

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=24420730362&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3Jldmlld3M=&product_uid=120674
#15
Take a look at these guys http://www.komplett.co.uk for upgrade bundles.
#16
Thanks for the help guys:thumbsup:

I think I have decided on going for the socket 939 route,mainly because I can extend it's usefulness with the superduper graphics card i will eventually inherit.
I am aware that 939 is possibly getting to the end of it's life,but so may AM2 soon,that seems to be the world of technology:roll:

rep given to all:thumbsup:

I am always open to further advice also.
#17
muckypup
Thanks for the help guys:thumbsup:

I think I have decided on going for the socket 939 route,mainly because I can extend it's usefulness with the superduper graphics card i will eventually inherit.
I am aware that 939 is possibly getting to the end of it's life,but so may AM2 soon,that seems to be the world of technology:roll:

rep given to all:thumbsup:

I am always open to further advice also.


Don't worry about a 939 coming to it's end. I built my 754 system (the first AMD 64 boards) when they first came out and it's still going strong. It's only an A64 3400+ but can handle the things I need easily. I think I may upgrade to core 2 later in the year but only because I want to not because I need to.

If you get the 3800 it will last you a good 2 years for your gaming needs. And if need be, later you can just change the processor for a 939 X2, there will be a decent second hand market for them in about two years time so you should be ok for even longer while keeping your costs down.
#18
Your best option is to source an socket 939 ASRock Dual sata2 motherboard that can accomodate both AGP and PCI-E graphics card. So the next time you wish to change graphics cards you wont be held ransom to AGP prices (which are skyhigh in comparison to their PCI-E counterparts). PCI-E is the new standard so it's great to have that upgrade path available. They even have the option of adding an AM2 socket to allow you to slot in an AM2 CPU, although these are add-in boards and are fairly difficult to source.

They're also just fantastic boards too, great for overclocking. If I'd known about them when I upgraded to 939, I'd have saved myself a packet!

Failing that you could go the Core 2 Duo route which offer the best performance available. The ASRock Dual VSTA supports AGP & PCI-E graphics cards, DDR1 & DDR2 memory and obviously Core 2 duo CPUs.

Feel free to post if you have any more Q's :)
#19
trojan698
Your best option is to source an socket 939 ASRock Dual sata2 motherboard that can accomodate both AGP and PCI-E graphics card. So the next time you wish to change graphics cards you wont be held ransom to AGP prices (which are skyhigh in comparison to their PCI-E counterparts). PCI-E is the new standard so it's great to have that upgrade path available. They even have the option of adding an AM2 socket to allow you to slot in an AM2 CPU, although these are add-in boards and are fairly difficult to source.

They're also just fantastic boards too, great for overclocking. If I'd known about them when I upgraded to 939, I'd have saved myself a packet!

Failing that you could go the Core 2 Duo route which offer the best performance available. The ASRock Dual VSTA supports AGP & PCI-E graphics cards, DDR1 & DDR2 memory and obviously Core 2 duo CPUs.

Feel free to post if you have any more Q's :)


I bought one of these from eBuyer last year along with an X2 4400, great idea I just felt that I really did not need to spend so much as I was just upgrading for the sake of it, so I sold them on without ever taking them out of the original packaging.

Great idea, and yes that board would be perfect but finding one now is proving to be difficult.

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