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Legacy system's mobo went out--socket 462 mobo advice

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April 17, 2006 6:56:42 PM

Situation: Recently my cheap Elitegroup K7S5A mobo has died in my "legacy" PC. I had some decent parts in it and they work in another mobo (couldn't test the CPU but experience tells me it's fine). Basically, I have an old Socket A system, a spare *MICRO-ATX* PC case (the original case for my old rig is being used for my current rig. However, tried old mobo in another case and it worked a couple of boots, froze a few times, and then just...died) 430W PSU, AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (266FSB) CPU, a GeForce 4 4200 Ti AGP 4X gfx card, a spare sound card (old SB16 4.1 PCI), plenty of SDRAM (PC133), a single PC2100 DDR 512MB, and enough money to buy just about any Micro-ATX Socket 462 mobo around.

Due to the age of the components, sure I'm not looking to upgrade to a supersystem or anything, my question is: What is the best (for DX 8.1 gaming, etc.) micro-ATX motherboard that I can get that is compatible with the 266FSB 2600+ CPU and the PC2100 RAM? Thanks much for the info!
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April 17, 2006 7:57:34 PM

Ahh, I remember the ECS K7S5A well - was nice with sdr *or* ddr that was worth gold back in the day. Mine died when I was oc'ing a duron 600, I made it to 800 Mhz and the power supply popped - cpu / mobo was dead :( 

I would suggest the Chaintech 7NIF4 since it has nforce2, since it is better than via or sis for gaming IMO... in stock at ZZF, a bit pricey tho...
April 17, 2006 8:40:52 PM

yep, the K7S5A lasted me a good while--started with a 700MHz Duron, went to 1.2GHz 200MHzFSB T-bird Athlon, then finally upgraded to a AMD 2600+ Athlon XP and moved from PC133 to PC2100. That board was quite upgradeable!
April 17, 2006 10:51:11 PM

Before you decide to go this route, try very hard to find a way test your old CPU.
Current prices/performance ratio on socket 462 CPUs vs socket 774 CPUs is not good.
April 17, 2006 11:01:03 PM

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Before you decide to go this route, try very hard to find a way test your old CPU.
Current prices/performance ratio on socket 462 CPUs vs socket 774 CPUs is not good.


Great, to test the cpu, I just need a working Socket 462 mobo, and...

*Gulp* Wait--there's the problem. I do have an old Socket A mobo but it is an ancient MSI 6330 which only supports 200MHz FSB CPUs. That doesn't help me. HOWEVER, I was able to try the 1.2GHz T-bird 200MHz fsb in the K7S5A and--no post. It was put back to the MSI and it is working fine. Also that 1.2GHz was in the K7S5A before and was working originally when the 700MHz Duron died, so I know it is compatible. CPU is almost definately OK.
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