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Best MB to match processor

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March 21, 2007 8:32:49 PM

Howdy; I am switching my system over form AGP to PCI-E and I am wondering what would the recommended MB be for an AMD 939 3500+ (or should I go with 3200 or 3800?) processor? I was looking at the ASUS A8N-SLI SE but only for three reasons:

1. I know the ASUS name,
2. PC stats gave the premium version of this board a glowing review; and
3. Cost, about $110 Cdn.

Basically I am looking at the 1950 PRO or the 7900 GS card for this system with 1 or 2 gigs of ram (corsair?). The 7900 is $175 Cdn and the 1950 is $280 Cdn. Once again I normally use Kingston but only because I have always used it and have never had any troubles. I currently have 1 gig of Kingston value ram (2 x 512).


I currently have a FS 450w PS (love it) and 120gb IDE HD.


Any input is appreciated.

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March 21, 2007 9:35:45 PM

If you are buying a new processor, get the AM2 socket model. Else you are back where you are at now with no upgrade path. Putting out a choice there would be close to your pick now:
PICK#1 4 IDE devices, 4 USB ports, less cost
ASUS M2N-E SLI Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 500
PICK#2 2ide devices, 6 USB ports, better Raid controllor, more cost
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI
For the difference in price I would go with the 7900, they will keeep up the X1950 PRO for some games and not much different in others.
RAM depends on the vendor you buy from. I ampreety sure AMD runs best with DDr2-800 RAM
Your other parts should work with these parts.
March 21, 2007 10:06:31 PM

The BEST AM2 mobo is probably the ASUS Crosshair.
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March 21, 2007 10:07:31 PM

Does it cost about $110 CAD??
March 21, 2007 10:17:47 PM

Ohhh. My bad.
March 21, 2007 10:54:08 PM

I just noticed on NCIX.com that the following MB:

ASUS M2N-E ATX AM2 Nforce 570 Ultra PCI-E16 PCI-E4 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA RAID Sound GBLAN Motherboard

states in it's write up:

Supports AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron
The M2N-E supports AMD socket AM2 single-core Athlon 64/ Sempron and dual-core Athlon 64 X2/ Athlon 64 FX processors with 2MB / 1MB / 512KB L2 cache, which is based on 64-bit architecture. It features 2000 / 1600 MT/s HyperTransport Bus, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800 memory support and AMD Cool 'n' Quiet! Technology.


I currently have an AMD Sempron 3000+, does the above mean I can buy this MB, stick my cpu into it, and in the future go dual core if I want too?

If so that will save money which I can put towards better ram etc.
March 21, 2007 11:34:36 PM

That is a $700 MB here in Canada. Ouch, my wife would shoot me for sure 8O
March 22, 2007 12:09:24 AM

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That is a $700 MB here in Canada. Ouch, my wife would shoot me for sure 8O


Holy crap! Its "only" like $350 something here.
March 22, 2007 6:37:23 AM

$700 cad is for the MB and 2 gigs corsair XMS2 PC6400 RAM
March 22, 2007 5:20:59 PM

Ok, I have made up my mind then to go with the AMD 64 X2 4000+. Now I am looking at all the AM2 boards out there and trying to decide which would be the best bet for about $120 Cdn ($100 US). Right now I am looking at the ASUS M2N-E still, which is $125 Cdn. Also should I put 1 or 2 gigs of ram in? On the NCIX forum a person who replied stated "why 2 gigs?". I always thought more brain equals more speed and power.

I don't OC so that is not an issue, I also have an ARCTIC FREEZER 65 Pro which will go on this processor too.

Too many options out there!
March 23, 2007 9:42:23 AM

Sounds like you are getting close. I think 2 GB is the best right now, if it fits your budget. I know they ask more money in Canada (probably for all the extra colors in the money) so you will have to work that out. Rest of it, you are good to go for now.
March 23, 2007 10:08:59 AM

2GB is definately the best way to go for XP. Vista hits a "sweet spot" around 3GB in my experiences. More is always better in Vista if you can afford it though.
March 24, 2007 4:28:45 PM

Thanks once again for the reply guys. I was actually able to get the AMD X2 4200+ EE for about $14 less then the 4000+, pretty sweet.
March 24, 2007 6:53:56 PM

And did you go with the ASUS M2N-E ?
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