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    Good cheap amd motherboard?

    hi, i'm after a new motherboard to replace my crap matsonic one, i have got a xp2000+ atm but would like the option to upgrade to a 3000+ later on so i will want a board that can cope with one. i also want to start overclocking, i have overclocked my 2000+ to 1.9ghz(12.5%) with my current board which is only a 266(through the bios).
    so please can you recomend a good motherboard that will overclock well and is compatible with the fastest athlons.
    oh and as cheap as possible.
    thanks

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    I just built a system for my daughter using an Asrock K7S8X-E+, available for £31.14 from Scan.

    SIS chipset, but solid as a rock, very stable machine, I'm running an XP2400 in it.

    On board LAN, 5.1 sound, USB2.0 & AGP 8 x

    Also 400fsb, so capable of taking XP3000

    Haven't a clue about it's overclocking abilities but I would thoroughly recommend this board.

    El linko: Scan Motherboards

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    i would also reccomend any recent sis based mobo, esp the sis735 as i have two of them for my parents
    dabs have a cheapish nforce2 mobo i think its about £40. it doesnt have dual channel but it should have all of the o./c options that the toehrs do. i htinkits a biostar make one.
    also maybe better to check the blowout deals section of ebuyer and the bargain basment of aria, both have had some v cheap mobos

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    thanks, when i said cheap i was thinking around-£50-£60 with dual channel support. as my matsonic was like £30odd quid and it is utter crap tbh.
    so anymore recomendations?
    also will there be any new boards out before aprilish life n-force3?(as the better n-force2 boards would be cheaper then)

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    if you can stretch to £50 then grab yourself an Abit NF7. Nforce2 chipset, dual channel etc, and yours for £50.00 from komplett at present. £62 gets you the NF7-S with SATA, soundstorm 5.1 and other extras, and a reputation as the best athlon board around.

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    • mt50's system
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    is SATA worht having? o've only got one 60hd atm but may upgrade in a few months, what does SATA offer to an average PC user?(games, music and work)
    thanks

    also what is the sound like on the Abit NF7? as i don't have a pci soundcard, i only use headphones but am looking for a cheap 2.1 setup.

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    In my experience, I was very impressed with the NF7-S sound. Not sure about the standard NF7. I wouldn't be surprised if it was ... very good!

    Ruairi

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    the NF7-S has Soundstorm, which is the high-end onboard 5.1 sound, but the NF7's sound should be ok, if not brilliant.
    For joy, apparently, it was all Franny could do to hold the phone, even with both hands.

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    "high-end" yet so many people have problems with the sound. NF7's should be fine tbh

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    For the extra £12 the NF7-S is well worth getting over the standard NF7.

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    Shuttle makes good mobos at a good price.
    AMD Athlon XP 2000+ @ 2.4GHz
    Shuttle AN35N Ultra
    1.5GB DDR SD-RAM
    ATI Radeon 9200 128MB
    20GB Seagate Barracuda
    52X CD-ROM

    Total SETI@Home CPU time: 856 hr 50 min

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