Advice on a good 939 Board

By harrisdurrani
Oct 20, 2005
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  1. hewybo

    hewybo TechSpot Maniac Posts: 570

    ECS forever!

    I, for one, don't know what got into Vigilante. I just installed an ECS 915PZ-A, had it not quite a week, and it already almost functions. Properly. I figure just one flash/BIOS file update, new hardware, new memory, and then plug an ASUS in its place, and I'm all set!!





    witless is bliss
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    I am wondering why in that roundup, they didn't include any MSI or ASUS boards?

    I would like to have seen how they faired up.
  3. harrisdurrani

    harrisdurrani TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 257

    yea thats kinda wierd.... i do like articles from tomshardware and anandtech though ..they really are very helpful...
    but this one left me a lil confused by not comparing either the asus boards or msi ones :confused:

    Just one more thing...whats the difference between MSI NEO4 -F and NEO4 Platinum
    becayse neo4 f is really cheap compared to platinum....
  4. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    At this point I don't think you'll have to worry to much about those things. As long as the mobo has the features you want, and has a good rep, that should be enough.

    As far as MSI's "Platinum" edition motherboards, they usually have a few extras thrown in, and are also painted different (black pcb).
  5. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    ecs? thier boards (with the exception of the k7s5a and two other lesser known models) are basically crap, with poor quality all around. epox isn't too great either...
  6. hewybo

    hewybo TechSpot Maniac Posts: 570

    That post was aimed at Vigilante, who has been kind enough to assist me with my ECS dilemma. I assure you, my tongue was firmly planted in cheek on that one.



    witless is bliss
  7. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    That's funny. I won't argue with you, but it's funny that the K7S5A is the very same board I have had near ALL my ECS problems with. lol
    In retrospect of my issues, it probably comes down to mainly BIOS and compatibility issues. But with the right parts they may be fine. Still, that board is my enemy :)
    Needless to say, my relationship with ECS has been skewed since.
  8. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    yeah, my friend had a k7s5a for the longest time. he abused the hell out of that computer, eventually ruining two cd drives, a harddrive, and a psu. but the board still worked. and i have plenty of other expereicnes with ecs, and the only board of thiers that would pass by me as half decent was the k7s5a pro.
  9. ArmyofKirb

    ArmyofKirb TechSpot Member Posts: 87

    I haven't had any recent experience with Epox boards, but in 1999, I purchased an Athlon 600Mhz computer with an Epox board. Within a week of the purchase, I had exchanged the motherboard three times! After the third time, I swore after that point that I wouldn't buy another Epox product. 6 years later, I still have kept my promise...
  10. hewybo

    hewybo TechSpot Maniac Posts: 570

    know-nothing offering

    :confused: I purchased a Compaq bundle from Fry's exactly one year ago. When I set it up, I didn't know what a motherboard was. (guess I still don't)

    Anyway, with a complete novece tearing through it, updating this and that, adding mem, changing drives, OS's,PCI cards, etc., that little OEM MSI board performed wonderfully. Any votes, kudos, bleahhs out there for MSI?

    AND- I'M STICKIN WTH THIS NEW ECS TIL IT KILLS ME!> (obit to follow)
  11. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    ph yeah, ive witnesses/heard my share of ecs horror stories. epox shipped a large numnber of boards on one occasion that were found to have faulty capacitors. the company did not issue a recall because they wanted to save money, so there are a far number of people out there still suffering. i remember on one occasion a man's athlon XP 1900 box suddenly shut down and would not restart. upon opening the case, i found that three capacitors in the voltage regulator unit had burst. they made one hell of a mess too, because the electrolytic liquids got at the socket/cpu and the graphics card as well.
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