Mobo for an AMD Athlon XP 2100+

By tgreaves · 14 replies
Nov 27, 2007
  1. Im looking for a new motherboard to replace my junk emachines one..

    I need one that runs the Athlon XP 2100+ processor..

    I would like one that supports SATA/300 raid 0+1 and also basic IDE drives if possible.

    Trying to keep the price down since its near Christmas time..

    Any help here? Any questions?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    You do realize that you will also need to buy a windows cd too!

    A new psu is an extremely good idea too.
  3. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Got the windows cd problem covered.. ;)

    psu is no problem either..
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    What about the psu? If the original mobo has died then the psu may well have caused it.

    Im not sure if you will find a mobo that supports your cpu and has sata 2 (300mbps) but plenty of mobo's that support your cpu will have sata 1 (150mbps).
    The Abit nf7-s is a very good mobo for example that supports an amd 2100 but it has sata 1. You will not find a brand new mobo that will support your cpu at all I suspect.
  5. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    The old motherboard is fine, im just looking for one with better performance..

    Would it be better to get a sata/300 raid pci controller and use it and continue to use the old motherboard/new motherboard?
    Also this emachines motherboard uses pc-133 memory.. I know I can get a performance gain by going to a better motherboard that uses faster memory..
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Your system will always be as fast as your slowest component so upgrading the hard drives along with the controller won't help much if everything else outdated/obsolete.
  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Well the abit nf7-s i mentioned will be an improvement on the mobo you currently have and comes up on ebay fairly often.
    We really need to know where about you are in the world.
  8. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Baltimore, MD, USA..
  9. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Very true.. If I get a new mobo, will I get alot more gain going with a sata/300 controller over using the sata/150 thats built into the motherboard?
  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    The difference will be marginal, both will not be really used at their full potential.
  11. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Understood.. So I should just look for a abit nf7-s on ebay then?

    What memory would be good to use with it?
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Anything from PC2100 to PC3200 should do. In order to get best performance you should sync the memory & front side bus so your memory should be running at PC2100 speeds (133MHz/266DDR) for best performance.
  13. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Or an Abit AN7. Both are good motherboards. But you might be better off getting a new processor, motherboard and memory.
    New Motherboard at half the price you’ll pay for a used older board. $50.00
    Dual Core Processor $63.00
    2GB DDR 800 Memory $48.00

    Roughly $161.00 for new technology with at least a one year warranty, and much faster than your old computer. Do you have an AGP or PCI video card?

    If not you might consider one of these because you'll need one even for the Abit boards as they don't have a built-in video chip.
  14. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Ummm... I didnt know the newer faster processors were that cheap.. Ill surely do this..

    Is there a good motherboard for this chip that supports Sata-300 raid?
    Im not worried about it being a micro-atx mobo, I have a mid tower that im going to install it into..
    Just want to have usb and sata-300 raid.. Would like to have ide channels also if its possible..
    Im not worried about onboard video(got a Nvidia geforce AGP card) and dont need onboard sound(Soundblaster mp3 live). Would like to have ethernet onboard(would like to have 100/1000 fast ethernet if possible but not required)..

    I do have a AGP nvidia geforce video card so thats not a problem..
  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    The MSI K7N2 Delta 2 is an excellent mobo.
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