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Advice required for mobo update or mobo replacement

By XtremeNewbie
Dec 7, 2004
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  1. Hi all,

    I have a MSI k7 pro via kt 266a mobo with an athlon xp1600, served me well, however time has moved on.
    1/ MSIs website states the max cpu my mobo can take is xp2100 (upgradeing cpu would be cheapest option). Does anyone know any different?

    2/ There are some good "bargains" in mobos, as low as 80 bucks Australian, able to take an AMD 64 3200 , based on SIs chipsets. Of the chipsets available, eg, Sis , Via , nforce, are folk noticing any "real world" difference between them.

    I occasionally edit and render video-rendering times not a key consideration and occasionally play Lomac and Il2 flight sims. Thats it. Apart from surf the net.

    Your input appreciated. Thanks
  2. redeyemindtrick

    redeyemindtrick TS Rookie Posts: 19

    i just bought an ecs N2U400-A MB, i already had a couple xtra processors so i didnt need to get the combo, but if I had got the combo, i beleive it came with an athlon xp 2400+ for around $100 american. so far i am very happy with the quality and performance of this new board. BTW, it is an nFORCE2 board
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    For an AMD64/socket-939 the board of choice is currently MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum.
    The socket-754 will be faded out shortly, -939 is more future-proof. I'm getting an Abit AV8 3rd-Eye, which I won in a competition. Not my first choice but seemingly very acceptable. Go for the Winchester 90nm AMD64-3200.
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    looks like a lot of AMD lovers here
    I stick with the Intel stuff every white box I built with intel is still running the AMD's have all died or have constent problems from Abit to tyan and MSI
  5. GAGEtheBEAST

    GAGEtheBEAST TS Rookie Posts: 36

    BEWARE of "bargain" motherboards...they are not what you bargained for, I know from experience. You should consider a stronger processor considering the AMDs are so cheap, this way, you will have a nice "cushion" of space to not crash under heavy loads.
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