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February 12, 2008 4:37:18 PM

Hi all
This my first post here so pls correct me if I get any forum netiquettes wrong.
Also my 1st time buying a mobo and I need some advice coz I'm really confused!!!
I already have a AMD 64 X2 4200+ processor. Also have Patriot PC2-6400 (800 MHz 2x1 GB) DDR2 RAM enhanced latency (5-5-5-12), 2.0 V. So these are my 1st main concerns wit regards 2 d mobo.

I've read thru quite a few post & reviews but still cant select a mobo while keeping costs low. Where I live, Intel is the main sway n AMD rather unknown so support n info for AMD is poor :( 
I actually have a couple of boards in mind

1. Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 (rev. 2.0)
http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/Products/Motherboard/Products...

2. Asus M2N32-SLI deluxe
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=1&model=116...

3. Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=101&l3=301&l4...

4. ASUS M2N-E
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=101&l3=308&l4...

Most of the boards have similar features so m looking for best price. If you know of a better board pls let me know. I'm a mid level gamer so am wondering whether I should get SLi or go in for 1xPCIe x16 2.0 slot. I use a CRT(max resol 1152x864) but will upgrade 2 a higher resl LCD monitor soon. Also I'm not quite clear bout how the RAM power requirements (2.0V) will affect the mobo choice. Lastly for 2 way Sli, what min capacity SMPS will I require?

Will appreciate any advice, thanks for reading! :) 
February 12, 2008 5:25:37 PM

I understand this does not answer your question….

I would dump the AMD and buy a Q6600, the processor you have is like $80 and slow.
If you already have to spend the cash on a new MB buy an Intel compatible MB as your memory will still be usable. The only downfall is that the Processor will be $200 more then you want to spend.
February 12, 2008 5:28:52 PM

rock1987 said:
I'm a mid level gamer so am wondering whether I should get SLi/Crossfire
Will appreciate any advice, thanks for reading! :) 


That is a oxymoron..
1xPCIe x16 2.0 slot is the way to go
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February 12, 2008 5:53:13 PM

Thanks Grieve, but sadly 4 me my budget wont allow me :( 
Anyhow the AMD pro will still b a big upgrade 4 me considering that my current CPU is 1Ghz...

February 13, 2008 1:19:32 PM

In light of getting a mobo that has single slot pcie 16x 2.0 plus all other standard features found this mobo:
Asus M3A
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=149&l3=592&l4...
Would appreciate your opinion or input on this...
I'm lil lost on whether my RAM will be compatable with the mobo
< Patriot PC2-6400 (800 MHz 2x1 GB) DDR2 RAM enhanced latency (5-5-5-12), 2.0 V.>
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