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Pirschjaeger
12-31-2006, 10:42 PM
Hi guys,

I built my machine almost 2 years ago. Here's the specs:

Asus A8NE 1.8GHz 939 Socket SATA
AMD64 3000+Venice
WinFast PX6800 TDH 256mb
Corsair DDR400 1024mb ram
HHD Barracuda 80 Gb SATA
550 Watt Powerpack

The reason I want to upgrade my board is that I was cheated. The board I got is only a "lite" version. I cannot update my bios or even OC. I'm missing jumper pins and slots for USB sockets. That's just to name a few.

Since I have to go through the hassle of shopping and replacing the board I thought I might as well upgrade. At least this time I'll know what to look for on the physical board.

What board would you guys recommend and why?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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R_Target
12-31-2006, 11:04 PM
Epox 9NDA3 or MSI K8N Neo2 for AGP. They're both solid overclockers with no real issues. I'd avoid Asus, Abit, and DFI NForce3 boards. For NForce4, DFI Laparty Ulta-D.

Pirschjaeger
12-31-2006, 11:27 PM
I've notice, through googling, that I am not the only one with issues regarding Asus' customer service. I have experienced MSI customer service and was quite impressed. I was reinstaling XP on my buddy's pc in Germany. He was missing the drivers so I went to MSI's site and downloaded a program that upgraded and installed the right drivers automatically. He said his pc had never been faster.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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R_Target
12-31-2006, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
I've notice, through googling, that I am not the only one with issues regarding Asus' customer service. I have experienced MSI customer service and was quite impressed.

He heh, you never know with customer service. I've never lost a motherboard, but had numerous unpleasant experiences with ATi's RMA department.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Pirschjaeger
12-31-2006, 11:53 PM
I found this: MSI Review (http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/cpu_mobo/msi/amd/s939/k8npe/)

Not sure what the price would be here in China. I was quoted 650 Yuan ($83.25/Euro 63.10) for an A8N-SE but I want to avoid Asus.

Like everyone else, I don't like being forced to upgrade but I built this pc to play IL-2 perfectly. Oleg is both friend and foe. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I still cannot do it because of this **** board.

Soon (term used loosely)BoB will be out and I want to be ready.

What about SLI? I heard it's been incorporated into the hardware but the software doesn't exist yet. Is that true?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Pirschjaeger
01-01-2007, 12:19 AM
What do you think of this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136152<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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R_Target
01-01-2007, 12:21 AM
That's the board I'm using now.

Lucius_Esox
01-01-2007, 05:34 AM
A short while back I brought one of these.. http://www.asrock.com/product/939Dual-SATA2.htm

Good if you wanna keep your AGP and the cpu. Also very upgradable. Am running a 3700 san diego with an 850xt on this mobo and it copes with the present rendition of IL2 very well indeed.

Pirschjaeger
01-01-2007, 08:11 AM
Well, I decided to buy a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI. It seems the MSI Neo2 Platinum doesn't exist on the Chinese market.

GA-K8N Pro-SLI (http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/82403/gigabyte-gak8n-prosli.html)

It cost me 700 Yuan ($89.56/Euro67.87)

It seems to be working fine although I haven't played the game yet.

This "2 v-cards" is new to me. I didn't know you could put two v-cards on one board. Do both cards have to be identical? Can you guys tell me a bit about this?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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R_Target
01-01-2007, 09:16 AM
Oops. Pirsch I misread your motherboard as an AN8 instead of an A8N and thought you had AGP still. Good thing you didn't get the Neo2. Sorry about the confusion. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif
Anyway, here's some SLI Info (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Link_Interface).<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Pirschjaeger
01-01-2007, 11:05 AM
No problem R_Target.

I just played CoD2 for a couple hours with higher than usual settings. My pc is much better now.

With the Asus board my pc would become quite slow when there was a lot of gunfire. I cranked up the graphics and tried it with the gigabyte board and noticed no slowdowns or pauses at all.

All around, it seems my pc is much faster and smoother than before. It's 2am now so I'll go to bed but I think tomorrow will be a "perfect water" trial.

So far, I am very happy with the results.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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DHC2Pilot
01-02-2007, 12:25 AM
I'm a little bit surprised that there are folks here that don't like Abit boards. I've had 3 Abits over the years and they are ROCK SOLID. Comparing them to ASUS, Gigabyte, and Chaintech they offer far more for a little more money. Plus the BIOS has more tweaks for overclockers than any other brand. Soon they will release their IN9 32X-Max board which looks to be a real monster, supporting up to an incredible 32Gb of RAM with a 1333MHz FSB. HOLY COW!!!!

Xiolablu3
01-02-2007, 12:58 AM
Not up to date on the newer boards, but I can say that I have used MSI boards for a long time now, and they have always been fantastic http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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