help on choosing a motherboard

By kollio
Jun 17, 2005
  1. I've been searching through loads of motherboards lately and have absolutely no idea on which one to get , i lack the knowledge when it comes to this sort of thing , could anyone suggest a medium/high end one that would run with this hardware ?

    -AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2GHz Socket 939
    -GeForce FX 5900 128MB (pixelview)
    -GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) Ultra Platinum CL2 DDR400 Dual Channel kit
  2. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 316

  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I'd go with an MSI brand. I have found Asus to be unrealiable.
  6. kollio

    kollio TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the replys and suggestions , Over the weekend i was bad ;) and bought a new gfx card (geforce 6800 ultra) which may not run on the mb's mentioned above ?

    im still not sure but i narrowed my selection down to these boards :

    Abit AV8 K8T800PRO S939 SATA RAID GBLAN ATX -$241
    Microstar K8N SLI Platinum nForce4 SLI Socket 939 SB Live! 7.1ch -$297
    Microstar K8N Diamond nForce4 SLI -$350

    Just so you know this is in newzealand $ , so the prices is alot different to the usa :)

    would one go for the , Microstar K8N SLI Platinum nForce4 ?
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    I have the Abit AV8 3rdEye, basically the same board, with some extra frills.
    If you go for that, make sure it has a sticker on the box, saying it is compatible with 90nm Winchester drives. This means it has BIOS version 17 or higher.
    To run it, you'll need a good PSU of minimum 465Watt.
    If you bought the nVidia card in PCI-E/SLI, you can't use it, as the Abit board supports only AGP.
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