Need a cheap socket 939 m/b.

By CMH · 8 replies
Sep 11, 2005
  1. As mentioned in topic, I need a dependable, yet cheap, socket 939 mobo. Preferably by a big name company (Asus, gigabyte, MSI, etc).

    I think I shouldn't take it for granted, so I'll mention that it should have 10/100 LAN and built in sound too.

    Not gonna OC or anything, so the most basic mobo would do.
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    How about THIS one?

    There are cheaper out there (even within the ASUS lineup) but if you go any cheaper, you have to give up having a PCI-e slot, and you get a lower quality chipset.
    This means that you have excellent upgrade options for the future. For example next year you could by the 7800 line up of graphics cards. If you don't get a board with PCI-e, you are killing yourself for upgrade options in the future.

    The one I have linked you to has PCI-e for your graphics card, and also the nforce4 chipset which is state of the art at this time. This means that next year when you decide to upgrade, your motherboard will support the dual core processors.
  3. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    What about one of these from Jetway?

    939AGP - £48
    939Turbo £56
    939-GT4-SLI-G £87

    OK, I know it's JetWay, but hey, it's cheap, it comes in a variety of flavours, and I've used the 939AGP version which seems pretty reliable.

    Or for a search on 939 on this companis site, click here
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  5. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    damn that Asrock board is good value! Ok, it's asock, but what do you want for that price, blood? lol
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,039   +9

    I think I'll stick with something thats more branded. Building this for a friend, and chances are upgradability is not a huge concern, since its mainly going to be used for officeworks. But I decided a 939 is the way to go, since he's probably going to do more processor intense stuff in a couple of years, being an engineering student...

    I'd have gone for Chaintech, but I don't think I can get it here in Aus. I'll see if I can find it.

    I was thinking of going for AGP, but I think PCI-E would be a good choice since it won't be too much more expensive.

    Thanks guys for all the suggestions, but I'll still accept more suggestions, at least another day.
  7. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Here are a few more decent boards, by being "name brand" they cost a little more than some other boards.
    1. Gigabyte k8vt890-9
    2. Msi k8n neo4-f
    3. Gigabyte ga-k8n pro-sli
    4. Abit an8-ultra

    Board 1 is just a basic board, based on a via chipset, nothing special Imo, but a decent looking board.

    Board 2 is also a basic board based on nforce 4 (regular), also cheap.

    Board 3 is a nforce 4 sli board(can use two nvidia graphics cards at once), and it's very cheap for a sli board.

    Board 4 is a nforce 4 ultra board with pretty good features, but costs a little more.
  8. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,039   +9

    Whoa, thats alot of boards to consider.

    Also, I'm not very sure what is nforce4. can someone explain?

  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Nforce 4 is nvidia's newest chipset, it comes in nforce 4, nforce 4 ultra, and nforce 4 sli. The ultra and sli are almost identical, except the sli version can use 2 nvidia graphics cards at once, where the ultra can use only one.
    Nforce 4 is one of the fastest chipsets you can get at the moment, the new uli m1695 is also very fast.

    Here's more info.

    And I realized now there are 4 nforce 4's, the one I left out is sli x16, it's explained in the link.
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