My applications are fairly basic: Office, Simply Accounting, Photoshop. I don't use any games or 3D or video editing and therefore don't really need the latest, fastest high performance hardware.
My main criteria are that my system be as reliable as possible. I'm currently using a CUSL2-C with a Celeron 633 and it has served me well with very few crashes, etc. Other perks that would be nice are fast boot-up and fast launching of programs (but these are not necessities)
Can any of you recommend me a good mobo/cpu combination that will give me good bang for the buck and reliability as well
I just bought the Abit IS7 and the P4 2.6 800 FSB. Just put it together over this weekend and has been great so far. They are running a one day sale on Pentium 2.6 retail $163.00 shipped for 800 FSb (I paid $169).
If you really aren't wanting to bump up to the higher end technology and like your Celeron then the 2.4 is on sale at NewEgg.com for $67.00 shipped.
Again it is a one day sale so you would have to act quick.
You could get a Tualatin Celeron 1100 for around $40, and a Tualatin adapter for less than $10, and overclock to 1466MHz. That solution puts you into PC133 RAM on a 133 bus, twice as fast as your current settup, on the same board!
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Me personally for business running 8RDA with 1700+ and couple of crucial 256/3200 stiks at 7.5x200 settings, never had crashes in w2k (wME is a different story), very highly recommend. But on the other hand tried to get P4 working on IA7, no go, RMAed the board, getting EPoX board again. They are the most "up and running" boards I've used so far (cheapest too
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