[ubuntu-uk] OT: Motherboard recommendation

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Mon Nov 19 20:48:26 GMT 2007

Hi folks,

I think after my PC died last week it's about time for an upgrade 
(especially since my other half's Celeron I'm using is painfully slow!).

Now I'm looking to upgrade to a dual core machine.  As my old PC was a 
Socket 754 Athlon 64 with DDR memory I'm going to have to replace my 
board, CPU, memory and video card.

Traditionally I've been a fan of AMD.  I found their CPU's 
price/performance ratio was top notch, although I can't help but notice 
that AMD is getting trampled on a bit by Intel with the Core2 processors 
and I really don't want to have to wait until the AMD Phenom is released 
and prices have come down to a more reasonable level.

I don't play games on my machine so I don't need anything fancy like 
multiple video cards.  I do play videos, music, browse the net and all 
things like that.  I'm trying to set my budget around the £150 mark, for 
a CPU, motherboard, 2GB memory and dirt cheap PCI Express video card.

Now the problem is, I'm not sure what is considered a good mid range 
board these days.  I presume for about £150 I'm only going to be able to 
get something like the Pentium Duo (or a very low spec Core2Duo), I just 
wondered what would be considered a good board to match with such a 

Could anyone recommend a decent board for about the £50 mark?



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