ABIT NF7-S in 2003 = what motherboard/chipset today?

Three years ago, (in some camps) the best bang for your buck was an ABIT NF7-S 2.0, with a mobile Barton 2500+, and a 9800 Pro.

What is it today? Lets say under $400 for motherboard, cpu, and video card? I am looking for quality and overclockability, of course? $500 max.

I am seriously considering an upgrade, but where do I start?
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  1. If this topic bores you, please guide me to one of the better threads. I am not even sure where to start my research.
  2. it's a time of flux where things haven't settled yet with the new tech. i.e. there is no great, trouble-free AM2 or Core 2 board at the moment (although after some further BIOS tweaking some of the current boards may turn out to be gems).

    Or as wusy suggests you can go with known good stuff from the last platforms such as the EPoX, Abit KN8 Ultra (there's a new passively cooled version), DFI Ultra D etc.
    X2 3800+ is a good choice & with 939 if you have PC3200 you get to reuse your RAM.
  3. AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+

    Which is the better cpu, windsor vs. brisbane?
  4. I thought they were both S939. My confusion.
  5. OK, this is the bugger I want...

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor
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    OK, this is the bugger I want... AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor

    Sure. That's state-of-the-art 2005 equipment... it should be nicely inexpensive!
    Actually the AM2 CPUs cost a bit less than 939 (as they are mostly in stock).
    So make sure you also get only DDR support, and AGP 8x is a must for a proper older build...
    Regards
  7. State of the art 2005 gear is kind of what I am looking for, as my initial post suggests; no need to suggest I stick with an AGP card, though. You humor, I must say, is hidden very well.
  8. The S939 3800++ Manchester X2 has jumped in price to $175, so I am considering the 4200+ at $183. Any thoughts on this? Is there any logical reason why a 4200 would not overcloack better than a 3800?
  9. Not another overcloaking Star Trek pun!
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