What motherboard should i get?

  terrett101 16:43 16 Feb 2003

I've been looking for a new P4 motherboard for a few months but have been confused by the choice. I've come down to the conclusion that I would like to have DDR400, AGP 8x, firewire, and some form of overlcocking options (but not necessary). The only board I found with all of these was the Gigabyte GA-8SG667 and the more recent GA-8SQ800, which are both at quite good prices. However they use Sis chipsets which I've heard aren't as good as something like the Intel 845PE.

I really need some advice from other people, even if perhaps I do already know quite a lot. I don't want to waste a lot of money on something that won't be as good as I want it to be, or future proof.

  acrobat270 17:12 16 Feb 2003

Have just built first ever computer. Pentium 4 2.53Ghz. Used an MSI motherboard which was recommended to me. Very pleased so far.

Model is: MSI GNB Max-SR MS-6565 (v2.X) ATX mainboard.

Supports up to P4 3.06 CPU (Northwood socket 478)
FSB 533/400
4x DDR ram slots up to 4GB 2700 DDR 266
1x AGP 8x slot
5x PCI
2x ide
1x serial RAID ATA
6x USB2
2x Firewire
1x LAN RJ45
Bluetooth Enabled
Onboard sound c-media 8738MX

Have installed 512 DDR Ram 2700
P4 2.53Ghz
80GB ATA133 Harddrive
128 Video ATI Radeon 7500
Audigy 2 Platinum
Proview 15" TFT
Windows & Office XP.

Runs very well.
Plan on improving graphics to 8x
2nd Harddrive
extra ram
as time & budget allow

Hope this helps.

  acrobat270 17:15 16 Feb 2003

P.S. Forgot to mention use Intel Granite Bay Chipset and will support Hyperthreading.

  TOPCAT® 18:03 16 Feb 2003

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