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Mohterboard for amd athlonXP

By Housam
Feb 13, 2004
  1. hi all

    I'm planning to make up a system and I have chosen AMD Athlon XP for that but I'm still wondering what motherboard manufacturer would be good for that?

    So far I've chose MSI (MicroStar International):
    MSI KT4AV based on:
    VIA KT400A Chipset
    VIA VT8235 Chipset

    which FSB is 333MHz max

    Can you please give me an advice about it or about another motherbord?
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  3. Housam

    Housam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    but what about MSI motherboards?
     
  4. renex

    renex TS Rookie

    tryto have a nvidia nforce boards as they are decent good
     
  5. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    Unless you are on a really tight budget dont bother with VIA chipsets - buy an nforce 2 instead.

    Personally i would not reccommend MSI motherboards - just a bit to cheap and tacky for me.
    Try to stick to Asus (best in my books), Abit or Gigabyte

    Steg
     
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    All the MSI boards I've used have always worked very well.

    MSI designs their boards with stability in mind first, even if performance gets a little hit because of that.

    Think of them as a high end ECS if you will. Good quality components at a very good price.

    They might have a little less bells & whisttle then boards like Asus & Abit but they're very good none the less.

    Definitly worth looking into.
     
  7. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    i would recommend Epox, Abit, Asus, or Gigabyte. i would get the Nforce ultra 400 chipset as well. all those board manufacturers make quality stable boards with as many features as you need. just look for a board with the options and price you want.
     
  8. Bug

    Bug TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Agreed. I have always used ASUS boards. I recommend the nForce 2 ultra as a chipset. I am running a Shuttle AN35N ultra and it is very stable. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but I didn't buy it to overclock. Also have an MSI 875P Neo-LSR. It is a P4 board, but I haven't had any issues, other than it requiring really good RAM to work right. Make sure you read all the forums and reviews about the board you finally choose before you get it. You'll save yourself a lot of hassles.
    Good luck,
    Bug
     
  9. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    The ASUS nForce2 boards are very well made. They are slightly slower than the Abit boards and don't overclock quite as well but they make up for that in stability and features. Fortunatly they do actually overclock quite well......enough for me at any rate.
    However, if you are going to by an nForce2 board (which you really should - they can come as cheap as ViA boards these days) then make sure you invest in some good quality ram - nForce2 boards as very picky about the quality of the ram they use. Try to stick to Corsair, OCZ or Muskin - or if you really must Kingston and Winbond.

    Steg
     
  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Kingston is a good brand & their HyperX series is just as High-end as corsair. They wouldn't give you a lifetime warranty if they didn't put out good quality components ( even their Value-Ram series has a lifetiem warranty ).:)
     
  11. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    abit an7, abit nf-7 rev. 2,asus a7n8x rev2.0, epox 8rda3+, dfi lanparty nfII, gigabyte 7n400, leadtek k7ncr18d, mis k7n2d-l
     
  12. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    One comment on chipsets - if you are an Athlon user, the Via KT880 chipset has been WIDELY accepted by many of the top mobo manufacturers...I happen to be a Gigabyte guy as far as mobos go...but MSI, Asus and Chaintech are at the top of their respective games as well...
     
  13. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    the via k8t800 is for athlon64 procs. he is using an athlon xp
     
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