I have decided to buy a new mobo for my system as soon as I get the $. So I am researching mobo's that work with my system. So I am asking you all your opinions. Thanks in advance.
What I am looking for:
The mobo needs to work well with the following components.
AMD Athlon 1.4 Ghz
ATI Radeon 9500pro
Enermax Whisper 431Watt PSU
Crucial DDR 2100
I realize some of these components are old, which is why I have to research my mobo so thoroughly. Unfortunatly, I dont have the $ to just go buy all the latest-greatest, so I have to upgrade slowly piece by piece.
There are some nForce2 motherboards out there that will surely meet your budget. Epox 8RDA+, for example. It contains the nVidia Audio which would be a step up from your current sound card. And it only cost ~$83.
<b><font color=blue>Logic over all.</font color=blue></b>
First, I currently have an epox and am very happy with it. I have had several Asus boards and have never had problems. I have had 1 abit board, about 5 years ago, and I hated it.
What I am looking for;
First, and foremost, S T A B I L I T Y! I demand stability from my boards. I like the option of overclocking, but I almost never push my computer very hard. Mainly, I just dont have the $ to be able to replace components if they should get pushed too hard.
Second, I have a seagate SATA harddrive. I love it. I have a serial/ata adapter. I hate it. I noticed both the asus and abit boards have built in SATA adapters, the epox doesnt. Like I said, I have an adapter card, but it takes up a pci slot and it is a pain in the ass to install the drivers for it everytime I need to work in low level. And I tend to format alot.
So, given all this, which would you suggest? Given the SATA, I am still leaning towards the epox board because I have had recent experience with epox and I am happy. But, with some experienced advice, that could easily be changed.
You sould check Soltek nforce2 based boards too, the sl-75frn2 serie. newegg has them. I have one since 3 months,it is fast, very stable (still waiting for my first crash)and doesnt cost that much. I run my 1.83 GHz 2500+ with the fsb @400 (normally 333), stock voltage and I just lowered the multiplier from 11 to 10.5 (2.1GHz)because I have stock cooler and not enough ventilation in my case, so it doesnt go too high in temp. When I'll have some quiets case fans, I'll crank the multiplier to 11 again.
-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!