Advice on mobo/cpu combo

By OnePanda
Oct 8, 2005
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  1. I'm building up a new pc (gaming) and wanted your opinions on some mobo/cpu combos...

    I was originally leaning towards an abit/p4 combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813127224
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819116198

    Now I'm leaning towards an AMD setup..I was looking at the 3700+ san diego core (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103539), but the problem is im not sure which of these mobos to get....
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813131517
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136151

    Rest of pc:
    Western Digital Caviar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    NEC DVD Burner
    Lian Li PC-65B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Case
    eVGA Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16
    OCZ ModStream OCZ52012U Power Supply
    OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)


    I'm open to any suggestions on other mobos/cpus, aswell as the other pc parts I'm considering. This is just what I'm leaning towards right now.
    Thanks for the suggestions :)
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    If I were buying a new system, I'd hold off a few weeks to learn more about these new ATI cards first.

    Anyways, about your choice of motherboards. I have the Asus board you are looking at (as well as the same CPU - 3700). It has one major flaw, the chipset fan. It'll likely die on you in the first month and start making some nasty noises. Asus will send you a replacement right away. I would actually call asus the day you get your board and have them send you the replacement if your chipset fan case is square with a round hole in the middle showing the fan. The newer ones are seated on the motherboard diagonally (45 degree angle).

    Other than that the motherboard is incredible. Their tech support and user's manual alone is what made me go with asus.

    As for the DFI I have heard nothing but good things about that board, except that it is finicky about what ram you put in.
  3. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Posts: 217

    Go with an amd processoer they are better for gaming.
  4. pkroks

    pkroks Newcomer, in training Posts: 376

    as for motherboards, check out the Asus A8N SLI Premium, it has all the same functions as the Deluxe except it has all the kinks and small problems fixed, for example it doesn't have a chipset fan, it has a nice heatsink.

    definitely AMD for that rig! :grinthumb
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    Since the original author of the thread is considering the 3700 CPU, the Premium version of the board may not be the best choice. Don't know if anyone will have an answer to this but....

    I was considering getting the A8N-SLI premium as pkroks mentions above, but the dealer I was purchasing from talked me out of it and told me to go with the deluxe instead. The reason being that there are some compatibility issues with the Athlon 64 3700 san diego CPU. They showed me the official compatibility list on the ASUS site of what CPUs were compatible with the board, and that CPU was omitted from the list.

    Now, I have since searched the web and found that there are people who have that combination working fine, but anyone know why that particular CPU would not be supported by the premium version of this motherboard, but supported by the deluxe version?

    Here is the list of supported CPUs for the A8N-SLI Premium, and you will see the Athlon64 3700 is not listed. It IS listed for the deluxe version of the same board. Odd? Perhaps related to the fact that it has L2 1mb cache?
    http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=A8N-SLI Premium
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