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Pentium D motherboard recommendations

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by havensal, Dec 31, 2008.


  1. havensal

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    A friend has a Pentium D mother board that has given up the ghost. I am looking for a new one with onboard graphics and 4 RAM slots. The only 2 I have found available so far are this one and this one.

    I haven't had any experience with either manufacturer. I trust Asus, MSI and Biostar. How are EVGA, ECS and XFX boards? :dunno:

    Know of any other options? :wavey:
     
  2. Big Al 24

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    I've only owned EVGA of those and my mainboard and graphics card have been fine so far. They also offer a lifetime warranty and step-up program depending on what you get. I think both EVGA and XFX boards are just re-badged Foxconn boards. My EVGA 680i boots in at 3.15 ghz with a C2DE6600 and has for more than 2 years now. I can crank it up to 3.6 but I'll boot reliably at 3.15 so that's where I keep it.
     

  3. 3 weelin geezer

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    I would go with the 129$ one based on that it can accept a quad 4 for hi end games. You have XP or vista? I learned that XP can olny support 2 GB of memory after I opened it, fried the first MB as P1 had been put upside down at the factory (and I couldn't find the reciept of course) and ended up getting a better MB that I could go with the latest stuff. However, for graphics intensive applications such as GTA IV, it probably won't work well w/o an additional vidio card (9800 GT)
     
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  4. havensal

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    We went with the EVGA. So far, so good. It appears to be too new for updated drivers or BIOS. It isn't happy with 4GB of ram, but I haven't determined what the issue is yet. It may be the ram, not the MB. :dunno:
     
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    You NEED a flux capacitor.
     
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