Good mobo for AMD x2 3800

By DrCraniax ยท 10 replies
Jan 1, 2006
  1. Howdy,

    I've decided to upgrade recently and the CPU I'm going for is an Athlon 64 x2 3800+. I'm just not sure what motherboard to go with.

    I've noticed that most s939 boards have nVidia nForce / SLi etc onboard. I'm not exactly sure what this means - is it just support for dual video cards, or...? I was thinking of buying an ATi card, and I've got no plans for dual cards, but will running an ATi card on an nForce supported board have any impact at all? Would I get more benefit by getting an nVidia card?


    Would love to hear any opinions you may have. Thanks!

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    it won't effect anything running ati's card on nvidia's board. The nforce/SLI means that it will support sli (dual cards), but it's not required to have both cards/slots filled

    If you have no plan to go for SLI whatsoever, then I would suggest you go for nforce4 ultra chipset. I think dfi has good board, so is asus.

    What's your budget, is there any special feature that you need for the board?
  3. pathlight

    pathlight TS Rookie

    I use two different video editing software packages, Sony Vegas and NewTek's VT[4.6], and one 3rd party "film-look" filter package, Magic Bullet Editors v2.

    NewTek recommends nVidia. V2 of Magic Bullet Editors has been sped up by up to 17 times, but only for nVidia cards. It'll work with other cards, but doesn't take advantage of them for rendering.

    So even though I'm Canadian and would like to see ATI, a Canadian company do well, I'll stick with nVidia for my video work.

    So if you'll ever edit video with any of these software packages, I'd suggest nVidia.
  4. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190

    i would recommend the asus sli-premium if its withing your budget...even if u dont run sli its a great mobo for upgrades
    youll be able to have a graphics card running at 16X and another pci-e slot spare
    probably in the future im guessing pci-e will also replace the pci slot :D
  5. DrCraniax

    DrCraniax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks guys!

    I'm looking at spending around AUD$150ish (USD$120) or thereabouts. I'm just a gamer - I do some audio/video editing but nothing I'd consider high-end. I'd prefer to stay with ATi but there's nowhere near as much Crossfire support as there is SLi at this stage. Since PCIe seems the way to go, I'll want a PCIe x16 for a new video card.

    I'm looking at buying in the next month or two - I want to make sure I've got a rig that'll be able to handle games well for the next couple of years. Apparently AMD have a new batch of CPUs coming in the near future so hopefully that'll make my CPU a bit cheaper when I get it...

    Thanks again!

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    if you plan to have card that will last you for at least a year or more, I would strongly suggest get 7800GT or the newly 1800, as they have more features in them and performs better, and should last a bit longer than the 120ish budget (for 120ish you are actualyl looking for x800GTO or the 6600GT range card)
  7. DrCraniax

    DrCraniax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry Putale, I was talking about budget for the motherboard. As for the video card... I'm probably going to wait until games using the Unreal 3 Engine come out to see how they run on current cards, and make my decision from there. I've got a 9800 Pro at the moment but considering all the nVidia support for the AMD boards... I might convert (again). It depends on what they're offering at the time.

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

  9. kenyee

    kenyee TS Rookie Posts: 24

    And for the GTO, you want one that can be soft modded so it's as fast as an X800XL like the Sapphire one...
  10. Comanche12

    Comanche12 TS Rookie

  11. DrCraniax

    DrCraniax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great, thanks guys.
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