I am looking to get a faster cpu and my mobo and also get a better graphics card.I am going to ask about graphics cards in the Graphics card forum'but need some advice on whats best for mobo and chips combo.
At the bottom of the page i will paste and copy a list of the mobo's and cpu's available to me.My budget is £220 and basically will hopefully not need to upgrade again for many years to come.
Please can you advise what you all think is best.
I don't really understand whats the difference between 200mhz and 266mhz chips either.Also don't know what a Socket A DDR board is compared to just Socket A.
I will now post the available seperate prices'but my supplier also has some combo deals which i will post at the bottom.
ABIT-KT7A-Raid, chip KT133 with Sdram. I don't give a [peep] what anybody els says, cause I have two of these mobo and love them.
ABIT-KR7A, chip KT266A, with DDR. I don't give a [peep] what anybody els says, cause I love this mobo.
ASUS A7M266, chip AMD 761, with DDR. I don't give a [peep] what anybody els says. This mobo was very stable and didn't give me any problem installing OS or anything, down side it didn't play UT very well for me, so I gave it away.
February 5, 2002 2:55:39 PM
*In my opinion* Asus is the cadilliac of mobo's, I have been running my A7V for over a year with minimal problems, all incurred by my own doing.
MBD-ASUS-A7A133 ASUS A7A133 Out 66.00 77.55 - Great board with the Ali MaGik chipset
MBD-ASUS-A7V133 ASUS A7V133 SOCKET A MAINBOARD 5+ 79.00 92.83 - another good board running VIA chipset *some people frown upon VIA*
MBD-ASUS-A7VE ASUS A7VE 2 59.00 69.33 - Same board with raid controllers
If you are looking for a stable board for gaming, Asus is the way to go. I have run several high resource games like counter-strike, tribes 2, diablo 2, and others and have no problems. I'm also running a Geforce 3 Ti 500 but never-the-less this board has ran great. If you are looking for a AMD board. Check out the reviews at www.amdmb.com they rant and rave about all the AMD boards. Good luck.
What the hell is a gigaflop, who cares it blows away Pentium :smile:
Actually, your mobo and CPU are still perfectly adequate for now. You'll get a much better performance boost by upgrading your vid card than anything else.
The main problem here is that your 512 Mb RAM is most likely SD-RAM and not DDR. All the new mobo's support only DDR. There's no way you'll get a decent mobo + CPU + 512 DDR RAM for 220 pounds. It'll cost 100 for the DDR RAM alone.
Replacing your vid card with a GF3 or a Radeon 8500 will pretty well double your framerate, even if everything else is left alone.
If you do insist on upgrading then I would keep the mobo and RAM and just upgrade the CPU. The Athlon XP 1.7 is looking mighty fine. Double your CPU speed for 114 quid.
I agree that Jetway mobo's are cr@p, but your current setup, plus a new vid card should last you until Christmas. Then who knows what Santa will bring, especially if you drop enough hints
If you do insist on upgrading everything, stay away from the Jetway and the PCC (or PC Chips) mobo's. They are cheep knockoffs of better mobo's. You'll want a 233 FSB CPU (preferably an XP) as the 200 FSB are just about dead now. The ECS K7S5A is a good cheep board that accepts both SD-RAM and DDR-RAM so you can re-use 2 sticks of your current RAM and upgrade to DDR at a later date. I think (I'm not certain on this) that this is the fastest mobo that will accept SD-RAM. There are faster boards, but they will use DDR.
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