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    motherboard suggestions

    Hi all, as i've convinced myself to upgrade (from XP3200 barton) i would like some MB recommendations. I'm thinking of getting an A64 3700+ CPU and looking for a stable (not necessarily for O/C) which does not have SLi (i can't see myself getting dual cards).

    Looking at usual suspects from ABIT, ASUS. can anyone give some tips please, are there any real disadvantages of not getting a SLi board apart from the obvious one

    Would like to spend under £70

    Cheers

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    PCI express i assume? THe epox boards are definately worth a look. Also, i reckon youll probably be better with a 3800 x3 rather than a 3700, although i dont know what your budget thinks.

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    the asrock dual-sata board is a great option if you have an agp card and are planning to upgrade to pci-express

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    Quote Originally Posted by smelly
    are there any real disadvantages of not getting a SLi board apart from the obvious one
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    Not much difference between the Nforce4 Ultra and the SLI. The entry level 4X chipset has some stuff disabled, including some SATA features (NCQ and the high 300 speed I think).

    With ASUS the SLI boards seem to have more frequent BIOS updates too (specially the Deluxe).

    As you are on a budget, be careful of 20pin vs 24 pin power supply connectors unless your socket-A system already has a 24 pin PSU.

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    I like my MSI K8n Neo4 Ultra Platinum so far... just built it and going to OC this week

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    you could try a dfi nf4 board...the bottom of the range board can be modded into a higher model - could be a good way of saving cash....and its a decent clocker too.

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    dfi sli-d its quite expensive but no where near as expensive as the sli expert and proformes aswell
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    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=265397 should do you nicely.
    Fits your budget, £65 with free shipping from Scan.
    Asus A8N-E is an other alternative.

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    yer i got the sli version so i assume they ae more or less the same??
    great mobo in my case not bad cloker too ??
    all good mate go with that u cnt go wrong

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    I'd get a DFI board but I'm fussy. The Abit's ok - but I think for a cheap board with great features I'd get an EpoX board
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    Ok guys i was very weak today (lack of suger etc) and i ordered the following from Scan
    535W Enermax FMA SLi EG565AX-VE(W)
    AMD Opteron UP 148 2.2GHz 64bit 1Mb
    Abit KN8 Ultra PCI-E S939 NF4 DDR40
    256MB ScanFX PCI-E *Extreme Edition G7800GT

    this had been playing on my mind for several weeks now and I just had to satisfy my need! Will sell my 6800, barton 3200, asus A7N8X to finance my habit!

    If i hide the boxes my girlfriend won't be any wiser

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