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    Best sub £100 C2D M/B ?

    Building a Core 2 duo based PC for Dad working on a budget of £800 so dont want to spend too much on the motherboard as dont need O/C potential as it is only gonna be used for media etc no gaming.
    There are quite a few around £75-£100 mark was hoping someone coulkd recommend a decent one cheers.

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    I'd go for something based around the p965 or 975 chipset, from a decent manufacturer - Abit, Asus, etc which has all the features you need, and none of the ones you dont

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    If you aren't going to be using the power of the chip fully, why not save money and build an AM2 system?
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    as shaithis says..you can build an AM2 system for around £300 - £350 with decent components using the x2 3800.

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    especially if its for no games and only media, i wouldnt want to spend any more than £500 max on that, £800 for a media pc seems overkill

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    i'd go for the abit ab9 brilliant board


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    LN17364
    Abit NF-M2 nView WiFi, NF430, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 800, SATA II, SATA RAID, uATX, VGA £49.55 £58.22
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    2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC5400 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 4-4-4-12 £69.99 £82.24
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    160 Gb Samsung HD160HJ SpinPoint T166, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ £30.99 £36.41
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    NEC AD-7173A-0B 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, IDE, Black, OEM, Labelflash £16.99 £19.96
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    Asus TM-231 uATX Tower Black Hi-End with 300W aFPC PSU £25.59 £30.07
    LN15925
    AMD AM2 Athlon 64 3800+ Windsor Core, Dual Core 2GHz, 2x 512KB Cache, Energy Efficient Retail £44.76 £52.59

    Thats basically what you need for a media pc.. Maybe a different case and psu though.

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    Many thanks for advice think im gonna go Abit as i have used them before and was impressed , sorry but media was a bit misleading its gonna be used for photo and video editing thats why i thought Intel would be the best option .

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    the ABIT IB9 I965 S775 MOBO from Scan at £56 plus VAT looks to be very good value - no firewire, but otherwise appears to be good. I ordered one yesterday for a bulid for my daughter (with a E4300).
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    Got to be the Gigabyte DS3 or the ASUS P5N-E SLi

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    Gigabyte GA-965P-S3...get revision 3.3 if you can though

    Thx for the heads up Flewis
    Last edited by Happyman88; 06-06-2010 at 11:05 PM.

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    The ones for £50 arent the 965 chipset, the DS3 with the 965 chipset are about £75

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    I got the P5B-E Plus! excellent board!

    http://uk.asus.com/products4.aspx?l1...99&modelmenu=1

    P5B-E Plus uses all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors onboard for durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity.
    Last edited by owen1978; 15-04-2007 at 08:51 AM.

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    I have the DS3 and I'm very pleased with it. P5B is also a great choice.

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