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I need some upgrade advice

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March 24, 2003 12:09:55 AM

I recently bought one of those cheap $300 computers from ebay, and so far I have been relatively happy with it, but from the reading i have done into it, the motherboard that comes with it hinders the HD speed greatly (and straight out sucks). So right now i want to change the mobo, and i have no idea which one i want. Also, this upgrade will come along with DDR which will be a jump from my PC133. Anyway, if anyone can recommend a cheap, solid mobo, I would appreciate it.. I want to have the option for future upgrades, maybe a 2600 or so when they become cheap, perhaps when the hammer is out.
(My system right now)
PCCHIPS M810LMR w/ Athlon 1800+ 256mb pc133 Radeon 9000 64mb ddr w/dual mon+tv out 40 gig Seagate LG 52x Philips 8x CDRW

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March 24, 2003 2:02:05 AM

Epox 8RDA+ for the motherboard and proberly 2 x 256Meg Crucial DDR 333 Dimms for the memory.
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March 24, 2003 3:28:32 AM

Hmm $109 is a more than im looking to spend on this. Is the plain EP-8RDA good? Thats more towards the price i want, as low as possible for a decent performing board. I dont need anything special.
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March 24, 2003 3:36:41 AM

If you want a solid, inexpensive board, get the MSI 745 Ultra.

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
March 24, 2003 4:48:17 AM

The plain 8rda is still good. Peformance it is the same the only difference is it doesnt include a few extras. I think firewire and SATA and it doesnt use the nvidia soundstorm it just uses an ordinary ac97 sound chip for onboard sound. There may be a few others but I cant remember. Checkout www.8rdafaq.com for exact info. But basicaly the ordinary 8rda is still a very good board.
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March 24, 2003 6:50:54 PM

Crashman, it might be just me, but i dont see that board anywhere on newegg.
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March 24, 2003 10:06:13 PM

A couple venders still have them on pricewatch.

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
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