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a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 8:21:20 PM

Hello,
I need to get a new mobo what would you consider to be decent and is going to stay future upgradable for a decent lenth of time, will be used for gaming

iggy the sub-category as I dont mind which (or maybe dont understand the option).
a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 8:31:14 PM

Do you have a preference for AMD or Intel? Also- do you want the option for multiple graphics cards at some point?
If you don't need dual graphics cards at all I'd get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want dual graphics cards then this is probably your best bet:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These are some of the more forward-looking and upgradeable boards right now. If you want more longevity, you'll need to spend more for either an AMD 890GX or FX chipset board, or even an LGA 1366 board.
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a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 8:44:29 PM

Hi, Flyinfinni
Thanks for quick response,

I guess I would want Intel for the sack of familiarity.
Only intending to use single GPU, my current (old x1950pro PCI-E) has
that ability but I never used it, so I doubt I will in the future.

I have a problem though, Im in the Uk and as far as I know still cant
use newegg, so do you know of a UK option, (if their links to product models
Iggy this remark) :) 

Thanks Rec
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a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 8:51:20 PM

I don't know anything about UK E-tailers or anything like that- so I wouldn't know which ones to trust, but you could look for the same models as the newegg ones. Should STILL be the best options for the price, just from a different seller. As for intel-
they aren't going to be as forward compatible at this point since they have yet to integrate SATA6 and USB3.0 stuff into their chipsets, and especially so on the budget boards as the socket 1156 boards really don't have enough PCI-e lanes to add them effectively, and the socket 1366 boards are too expensive to be called "budget boards". Also- its hard to say how Intel will deal with their sockets in the future. AMD however has said that they will be continuing with socket AM3 for a while yet.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thats probably your best bet, though you can see the price is a good bit higher. The CPU will cost you more as well.
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 10:21:11 PM

ok thanks mate,
I did just type out a load of specs about a the

AMD Phenom X3 Hybrid SLi Board Bundle & 2Gb DDR2 Ram.

then I got the 404 (well googles version of page not found what ever)
its a lot and not going to type it all again, I nknew I should have select &
copied before pressing reply, ah well! :) 

If your familiar with it could you say if any good but if you dont know it
no worries :) 

It in my local store for £169.99 + tax ($259.80 + tax)
The guy in the shop said it fairly good but dont know if he's
just saying it for the sake of a sale.

Im off to check out your offerings and if newegg do over seas sales

Thanks, Rec
April 8, 2010 10:24:00 PM

Not familiar with UK sellers either, but I'd try to find a good etailer in your country. Some warranties are only valid in specific countries, and shipping across the pond can get quite expensive... and abusive!
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 10:31:03 PM

yeah, I hate the idea of sending money off to some store the other side
of the water, its just way to easy to be messed about or for things to
go wrong...now you said expensive im wondering if I would have to pay
an import tax as well as transport fees, I have no idea what comes under
import tax
a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 10:33:11 PM

I would NOT get a Phenom x3. You REALLY REALLY want to get either an Athlon II or a Phenom II CPU. You should be able get an Athlon II x3 and an AM3 board like the ones I listed, for pretty darn cheap ($150ish here + 2GB DDR2 for about $50 and then the fact that things are generally a little more expensive in the UK, and you end up with about $250), but the older Phenom chips are hot and slow compared to the new ones- even the Athlon II's are as fast/faster per clock even with no L3 Cache.
April 8, 2010 10:41:10 PM

Quote:
yeah, I hate the idea of sending money off to some store the other side
of the water, its just way to easy to be messed about or for things to
go wrong...now you said expensive im wondering if I would have to pay
an import tax as well as transport fees, I have no idea what comes under
import tax


I recall somebody telling me you had to pay VAT in some countries if it was declared as an overseas purchase through customs, though the scope of that is beyond my experiences as I buy from within my own country.
a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2010 10:47:39 PM

I know you have to pay duties on things you buy in the states and take back with you to Canada (my wife is Canadian). Its irritating:-p
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