[ubuntu-uk] OT: Motherboard recommendation
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Mon Nov 19 22:38:15 GMT 2007
Kris Douglas wrote:
> On 19/11/2007, *Rob Beard* <rob at esdelle.co.uk
> <mailto:rob at esdelle.co.uk>> wrote:
> 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,
> 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?
> Hi rob, for around that price you will probably do better with an
> Athlon, good motherboard, 128-256 nvidia gfx card and 2gb ram...
I was interested in the Athlon X2 BE-2350 although it seems that the
Pentium chip overclocks better according to some of the sites I've read.
I'm open to suggestions though. Am I right in thinking that with the
newer AM2 (AM2+?) motherboards that a Phenom chip can be dropped
> have a look on aria.co.uk <http://aria.co.uk> I find they have some good
> deals, and there is Overclockers.co.uk <http://Overclockers.co.uk> who
> are also ok.
I bought my old Athlon 1GHz from Overclockers.co.uk. The chip died a
couple of years back but the board is still going strong. I didn't
realise that Overclockers.co.uk was still going.
> If you would like me to list some of the components I use in the servers
> i make, which are pretty cheap, just ask :)
Yeah that would be great thanks Kris. I've been trying to keep up with
the hardware but it seems to change on a weekly basis!
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