Mobo bundle - opinions please

  bruce 14:40 21 Jan 2004

Self-building first PC with potential for upgrade for gaming use and to replace current Advent PIII 500 with 512MB SDRAM running XP Pro.

I would prefer to buy a bundle to avoid compatability issues.

Novatech have the following bundle on offer (and will assemble and test pre-delivery, which would suit me, who has never assembled a mobo/CPU etc before) for £210.32 Inc VAT.

Any opinions welcomed.

Processor Intel Pentium 4 2.6GHz 800MHz FSB
Includes Heatsink & Fan
Memory 256MB 333MHz DDR RAM
Motherboard 648FX-A Socket 478 Motherboard
CPU - Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 processors
- FSB 800/ 533/ 400MHz
- Support Hyper Threading Technology
Chipset - North Bridge: SiS648FX
- South Bridge: SiS963L
Memory - 3 x 184-pin DDR DIMM socket support up to 3GB ( DDR400 up to 2GB )
- Support DDR400/333/266 MHz 2.5V DDR SDRAM
Expansion Slots - 1 x AGP 8X/4X slot
- 5 x PCI slots
- 1 x CNR slot
Audio - C-Media CMI9739A 6-channel audio CODEC
- Compliant with AC'97 2.2 specification
LAN Realtek RTL8201BL 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet PHY
REAR PANEL I/O - 1 x 20-pin ATX Power Supply Connector & 4-pin 12V Connector
- 1 x Floppy connector supports 360K~2.88M Bytes, 3 Mode FDDs or LS120
- 2 x IDE connectors
- 1 x IrDA for SIR header
- 1 x USB 2.0 header support additional 2 USB ports
- 1 x USB card reader header
- 1 x Speaker header
- 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
- 1 x Front panel audio header
- CD in header
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 305 x 190mm

+ another 256MB RAM, say £27.

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  bruce 00:58 22 Jan 2004


Mobo bundles are useful for a first build if they have been tested before dispatch.Nothing worse than building a computer and finally discovering it is not working because of a faulty cpu or mobo.
The specs of your proposed purchase seem fine, although if you went for an Athlon cpu you would get the same performance for less money. I would also consider the additional 256mb of ram as essential.

  bruce 11:20 22 Jan 2004

how's about:

PcChips M848ALU SKT A Motherboard

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AMD Athlon XP2500 333FSB 512 L2 Cache Barton Retail

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Crucial 512 DDR333 PC2700 DIMM

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  bruce 12:02 22 Jan 2004

or would I be even better considering an Asus A7N8X-X and PC3200 RAM with an Athlon XP2500 or XP2600?

  Rayuk 18:03 22 Jan 2004

My opinion would be to go the Asus route as it is a better quality board than the PCChips,which are more a budget option.
I have the Asus A78NX-deluxe board which I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone,but if you go this route best to get 2 sticks of CrucialPC3200 ram for the dual channel memory.
With the PC3200 memory you can easily overclock your 2500+ Barton to 3200+ levels.

  961 19:55 22 Jan 2004

I would go for Athlon for value and Novatech for customer service

There is no doubt in my mind that buying a pre assembled and tested motherboard/processor/memory package is a good idea, because if you are going to go wrong when assembling your own, it is most likely to be when you are fixing the heatsink to the processor and shove your screwdriver through the motherboard. Pre assembled packages avoid that and the rest is easy peasy

Novatech are good

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