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SiS 745, KT266A, KT333 or nFORCE 415D?

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January 6, 2003 4:47:33 PM

My friend is going to buy a new system. This is my question:
What is the best deal conserning price/speed/stability?
>>>Asus A7S333 (SiS 745)
>>>Asus A7V266-C (VIA KT266A)
>>>MSI KT3 Ultra2 (VIA KT333 CE)
>>>ECS K7VTA3 V3.X (VIA KT333 CD)
>>>Asus A7N266-C (nVIDIA nFORCE 415-D)

The other system components are:
Athlon XP 1700+ or 1800+.
256MB DDR Samsung PC2700.
GeForce4 Ti4200 64MB or GeForce3 Ti200 64MB.
40GB Maxtor ATA133 7200rpm.
Any comments?
January 6, 2003 7:26:16 PM

With my Athlon XP 2000+ I use an MSI SiS 745 mobo. It's stable.

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January 6, 2003 7:26:32 PM

The whole experience changes dramatically when you build a system that doesn't crash. Go for stability first.

You should add a Nforce2 board to your list. I'd stick to either a Nforce2 board or a Sis board since that's what I've had the best luck with.

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January 6, 2003 7:30:40 PM

I agree, it's got to be either of those. Both are ultra reliable (although the nForce2 is only by word of mouth from a friend!). I run an Asus 745 board and I haven't had any problems.
January 6, 2003 11:32:34 PM

Why you are not getting a cheap nForce2 mobo?

If you don't buy nForce2, then buy MSI KT3 Ultra2. If you don't want VIA chipset, need veyr good onboard audio and want better stability (although MSI KT3 Ultra2 is very stable), then buy MSI K7N415 Pro. This board is nForce 415-D based, going for much cheaper than ASUS A7N266-C in pricewatch. As fast and as stable as the ASUS one.

Try your best to avoid an ECS mobo. Also, don't buy SiS 745 based mobos. They are only as fast as AMD 760 or even slower than it

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January 7, 2003 1:08:32 AM

Thanks for all replies...
The system has to be cheap. So, Nforce2 or KT400 mobos he cannot aford. I own VIA mobos and never had problems w/ them, my systems are very stable even overclocked (KT266A and Apollo Pro 133A). VIA is not that bad!
The problem of the MSI mobo is that it is not available here in my country. Soyo, Asus, ECS are common here...

He will choose the Asus A7S333, Asus A7V266-C or ECS w/ KT333 northbridge...
I know that it is weird to see someone buying a KT266A or a SiS 745 mobo while in USA you buy Nforce2 mobos.
Thank you again.
January 7, 2003 1:25:31 AM

If you need to save some cash, go for the A7S333 board, that doesn't have too many onboard features, but it's cheap and stable. The A7V266C comes in a raid version, but its a bit more expensive. The ECS board are good if you have a good power supply, and the Kt333 version has some nice onboard features (raid, lan, ect).

Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
January 7, 2003 2:56:26 AM

The Epox 8K3A+ is cheap and very stable, if you canfind one.

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