OS: Windows 2000
Mobo: Asus A7N8X Deluxe rev.2.0
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2800+, OC'd to 2.2ghz
RAM: OCZ Platinum 1GBx2 PC3200
PSU: Seasonic SS-550HT 550W
Video: AGP HIS Radeon X1650 Pro
HD:Western Digital 80GB IDE WD800JB-00DUA3
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Live! EMU10K1
I plan on replacing the hard drive, cpu, mobo, os and by extension the video card. I already have a replacement for the HD and OS and vid cards I know enough about to choose my own, but mobos and cpus, I do not.
I need help with is the Motherboard and probably need info on cpus too that are compatible.
Basically, I need help finding a good motherboard at a reasonable price. I was thinking of an AMD board, but I read that intel is supposed to be better now. I'm not sure, heh. I will use the rig for gaming - wow, half life 2, and maybe newer games too like the upcoming Aliens vs Predator game, but obviously i'll need a new vid card for that.
I would prefer a mobo at least under $200, preferably under $150. Also, if someone could list what features I should look for in a mobo (especially when trying to match a cpu to it), i'd be grateful.
So basically you've a 300$~400$ budget for the mobo and the cpu.. That's a good budget.. I'll recommend the Phenom II X4 965 (955 if you can get it with a C3 stepping) for the cpu and Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 or the MSI 890FXA-GD70 for the motherboard..
P.S. - Your case can hold motherboards of multiple dimensions such as mATX, standard ATX and may be even E-ATX.. So only it has multiple holes for screw implantments.. Nothing to worry about..
Ooo very nice. I'll keep those in mind, but seeing as I don't know much about mobos and cpus (and yet I am quite techy with other stuff, i just seem to have probs with those lol) i'll probably end up with one of what you posted. thanks!