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    Smile help choose a mainboard!

    right guys, i have been away from the scene for a while and have lost whats good and what not good.

    i am bored with my system now and thou i cant afford or want a 64bit yet i am going for a xp3200 chip.

    which mainboards would you pick? i want some positive feedback on this 1 lads....n girls.

    -has to be ideal for overclocking
    -support amd 3200+
    -fast
    -usb-2
    -lan
    -stable (which is what i like about my ga-7vrxp)
    pos sata and raid.


    cheers.
    flooky.

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    For a Socket A (Athlon XP) motherboard, the Abit NF7-S. Great overclocking potential. For the chip, I would actually change it to the Mobile Barton 2500+. It may be slower at stock, but from what I've heard, it has higher overlocking potential, especially since it's stock voltage is 1.45v. All from http://www.cpucity.co.uk.
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    it's funny you should say that mike, it's what i have been looking at!
    as for the cpu it's something i will look more into...

    will keep on looking about but that does seem like the 1 to go for..

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    Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Deluxe rev2, or an Abit NF7-S v2.0

    CPU: Barton (or even a T-Bred to be honest) 2500+ \ 2600+, or ideally, as Mike says, a Mobile 2500+. All will do 2.2ghz easy (3200+ like you wanted), with the mobile Barton probably doing a good bit more.

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    I have my 2500+ doing 2.4 and am only realy limited by my RAM at the moment

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    I have my Mobile doing 2.7GHz
    For speed & stability NF7 V2.0 (or NF7-S V2.0 with SATA, 1394, Soundstorm audio & a free PATA-SATA adapter for £63 at CPU City - bargain).
    DFI Infinity maybe slightly quicker but probably more hassle.

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    Dependant on what you want and your budge, The Asrock K7S8X-E is a stable board with no frills which supports Athlon XP 3200 and DDR400. You can get on ebay for about £15.

    A good budget option and so far no problems with mine!
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    When i say this i mean it, there's no board worth considering over the NF7-S, if as someone has already brought up money isn't a problem, it's the daddy hell it's the daddies daddy.

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    • Merlin's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M3A78-PRO
      • CPU:
      • AMD Phenom II X4 920
      • Memory:
      • 4Gb (2x2Gb) Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400
      • Storage:
      • 500Gb Samsung Spinpoint F1
      • Graphics card(s):
      • AMD 780G integrated Radeon HD3200
      • PSU:
      • Corsair Power Series 400w
      • Case:
      • Lian-Li PC7 Plus (Black)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows XP Home SP3
      • Monitor(s):
      • Iiyama ProLite E383 15" TFT
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media 20mbit
    I'll second the NF7-S (or is it third?). Its a rock-stable board at stock, and has loads of o/c potential as well.
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    I'd go for the nf7-s v2.0 , i went from 2500+ to 3200+ speed easily.

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    NF7-S vote here to.
    The only AMD board ive had happy at 500mhz FSB
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    500fsb!! WOAH! im gonna vote for an NF7-S and be the seventh person to do so
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    well then, it looks like the NF7-S v2!
    as for chip i will see.

    thanks alot people.

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    I have also heard people recommend the dfi infinity. IS this not good?
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    Q6600 G0, Thermalright Ultra 120, ABIT IP35 PRO, 4GB Corsair DDR2, Trusty old Tagan 480u, BFG 8800 GTS 512, Samsung F1 750 GB.

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