For AMD platforms, I would go with a Shuttle AK32A. It is a dual ram mobo with 2 slots for SD-Ram & 2 slots for DDR. It is based on the Via KT266A chipset & will out perform all Via KT133A & SiS 735 chipsets. About vendors, I don't know enough about the U.K.
Still, like it has been mentioned to you before, you should go with a pure DDR mobo.
I'm running an AMD 1.3ghz Duron, on a Gigabyte GA-7iXE4 motherboard, 9000pro 64mb, 512mb of Crucial SDram. The reason i want to use SD is because i don't have enough money to upgrade the motherboard AND the ram. I'm not a power user really anyway.
There are a few boards out there with both SDRam slots and DDR slots. ECS K7S5A, Biostar M7VIG, and apparently the Shuttle board mentioned above (though I am unfamiliar with it). I would choose the Biostar, since the ECS board has been known to be flaky. They are both very inexpensive ($60 or less), but will allow you to upgrade to DDR when you want to. BTW, DDR is really cheap right now...if your gonna do it, now is not a bad time, it does make a big difference.
you're going to see very little gain if you just upgrade your motherboard, unless you're going to get a new CPU and the motherboard. Even then, Sdram is going to hold you back some more. It's not really worth the upgrade, and I don't know why you would if you claim to not be a power user.
Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
Hmm. I think i'll just stick with the motherboard i have at the momment then. I don't really see the point in upgrading to DDR, because i don't really play games much or anything that taxing, and when i do they're mainly older ones. I mainly do webdesign and graphics work, and occasionally 3d modelling which requires a lot of my computer. I'll probably get a 40gb hardrive, and another 256 stick of ram.
Adding a stick of 256, make sure you're not running Win98,98SE, they don't handle over 512Mb of RAM well period, if you're running Win2K or WinXP or Linux you'll be fine with 768Mb of RAM, just try to match the brand. I'm not familiar with WinME RAM handling capabilities just what I listed.
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