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    Need Motherboard recommendation...

    Well, I started looking for another motherboard today, and honestly, I really didn't get anywhere. Does anyone know of a good site to get some reviews and such for motherboards? I tried a few, like Toms Hardware and a few others, but couldn't find any reviews that suited what I am looking for. Basically, I am looking for the best mobo I can buy that supports, at least:
    AMD Athlon XP 3200
    Dual Channel DDR400
    SATA and PATA at the same time

    There are many mobos out there, but I am having a helluva time deciding which to get. My wife's system is using an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, with an AMD XP 2500 Barton, and that board has been a dream... like a rock. I was thinking of just getting the updated version to that board (the '-e') but it only has two new features that I really don't need (wireless LAN via ASUS plugin card, and some other worthless thing). I may just end up getting another one of my wife's boards, but would just like to get a definitive answer, as to whether or not a better board is out there (I am a little biased, due to this board being as well of a performer as it is, so I can't make up my mind).

    Any advice/suggestions or other info would be much appreciated.
    Asus A8V Deluxe Mobo
    AMD Athlon64 X2 4400 -939
    2GB Crucial DDR3200 Dual-Channel
    ATi AiW 9800 Pro 128DDR
    Audigy2 ZS
    Sony DRU-810 DVD+RW DL
    3 x Maxtor MaxLine SATA 160Gb 16Mb Cache
    1 x Maxtor MaxLine SATA 300Gb 16Mb Cache
    1 x Maxtor MaxLine SATA 120Gb 16Mb Cache

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    Re:Need Motherboard recommendation...

    ya, that is one of the high end boards, Other recommended boards are boards from gigabyte, abit, DFI.
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+<br />DFI NFII Ultra Infinity(gigabyte sucks)<br />OCZ 2 x 512 PC3200<br />ATI Radeon AIW 9600 PRO<br />16x DVD-Rom (not in use)<br />LG 8x DVD-Burner<br />LG 40x12x40 CD-RW<br />WD 120GB<br />420W PSU<br />Tweaked out case<br />:)

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    drinking_beer
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    Re:Need Motherboard recommendation...

    I agree with Omoshiroi. I've been using Gigabyte boards for a while now and never had a problem. Try this site for reviews.....
    http://www.amdmotherboards.com/
    Good luck!

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    Re:Need Motherboard recommendation...

    Here's what I looked up on various sites, and this is simply a list of the best VIA KT600 chipset boards, as well as the Nvidia nForce 2 Ultra400 chipset boards from just some of the top competitors.

    Mind you, the VIA KT600 boards I don't think any of them support Dual DDR. I think that's an nForce only option. Also from just skimming though these boards the nForce boards seem to provide the better extras.

    The 3 best boards I see in this line up are all nForce options, and they are in this order Gigabyte, Asus, and DFI. The reason for the Gigabyte is because it has RAID for both ATA133, and SATA options, while as far as I can see the Asus, and DFI only have it for SATA option with the Asus having the Wi-Fi putting it in 2nd.

    VIA KT600
    Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/MotherBoa...600%201394.htm

    Asus A7V600
    http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock...0/overview.htm

    Abit KV7
    http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/...es=1&model=125

    DFI KT600-AL
    http://www.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_pro...YPE=MB&SITE=US

    Soltek SL-KT600-RL
    http://www.soltek-computer.de/soltek...%2FSL-KT600-RL

    Nvidia nForce2 Ultra400
    Gigabyte GA-7NNXP
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/MotherBoa...s_GA-7NNXP.htm

    Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
    http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock...d/overview.htm

    Abit AN7
    http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/...es=1&model=158

    DFI LANPARTY NFII ULTRA B
    http://www.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_pro...YPE=LP&SITE=US

    Soltek SL-75FRN2-RL
    http://www.soltek-computer.de/soltek...%2FSL-75FRN2-L
    AMD Athlon 2200+ 1.8Ghz
    1280MB PC-3200 CAS2.5 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP
    Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 250GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Seagate ST3200822A 200GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
    D-Link DFE-530TX+ 10/100 NIC
    D-Link DWL-G520 Rev.A
    Debian 5.0r1 Lenny

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    Re: Need Motherboard recommendation...

    My head must have been up my... well, you know... I didn't even see these responses. I didn't receive a notification on it, so I figured noone read it. LOL. Oh well, I ended up getting another ASUS (A8V Deluxe). Thanks anyway!
    Asus A8V Deluxe Mobo
    AMD Athlon64 X2 4400 -939
    2GB Crucial DDR3200 Dual-Channel
    ATi AiW 9800 Pro 128DDR
    Audigy2 ZS
    Sony DRU-810 DVD+RW DL
    3 x Maxtor MaxLine SATA 160Gb 16Mb Cache
    1 x Maxtor MaxLine SATA 300Gb 16Mb Cache
    1 x Maxtor MaxLine SATA 120Gb 16Mb Cache

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