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Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:02 PM

Hello i wanna try and get a quad core computer but got to pick between 2 motherboards.

http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649

Or

http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649


Which is better ? None of these items are mine just need advice be for i buy

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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:23 PM

Both of these boards are really far behind. You can get much much better boards for a comparable price. First of all these two boards only support 8GB max memory at 1333mhz? That is because there are two slots. Lots of boards out there have 4 slots and support much more memory, especially if you want to run Windows 7 64 bit which supports more.

You should be looking for a board that can support speeds of 1600 or 1866mhz... possible 2000mhz if you over clock.

These boards also have the old VGA video ports which are useless. Typically you will be running a new LCD monitor of some sort so you will be hooking up through AVI or HDMI through your video card.

It only has 3 to 4 USB ports also... two will probably be used for your mouse and keyboard assuming you have some wireless. That is half your ports. You can get boards which have a lot more.

This doesn't have to be dreadfully expensive either. Below is a typical board that you can get for 119CAD (that is about 90 or so pounds) and this is still considered a low end board.

http://www.ncix.com/...te&promoid=1376

I would say choose neither and look for boards that have the following things...

1. More USB ports (with some being 3.0)
2. Supports more than 8 GB of RAM with probably 4 RAM slots (DDR3 or higher in 1600 or 1866 + mhz speeds)
3. Built in the last year (Good brands I have seen are ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI)
4. AM3+ capable

You will be wanting to spend a decent amount on your motherboard (200-300 CAD usually). This and your graphics card are two of the most important pieces for investment.

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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 04:06 PM

Thanks good job i didn't buy.
I was told by the seller he is selling 200 a week ( of the first link )
Im looking for a bundle e.g memory board and cpu.
Any thing cheap around ? got around 150 - 160 to spend in pounds

i noticed you said " Gigabyte "
is this any good
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3a686893a7

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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:08 PM

If I were you I would avoid ebay for tech items. Look into Newegg and Tigerdirect instead, they tend to have much better deals and much less scams.
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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:13 PM

You might also wish to get a card that supports the new Intel chipsets, that way you can stay up to date with the technology for the time being. Like Martyr2 said, it should hold at least 4 sticks of DDR3 ram. It should have a high clock speed - it will help Random Memory Access.
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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:27 PM

You mean Random Access Memory (RAM)?

Anyways, just be sure that if you go over 4gB of RAM that you have a 64 bit OS, otherwise anything over isn't used because of addressing issues in a 32 bit OS.
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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:44 PM

Teaching moment (thanks Lemur)
Currently, 32-bit Windows 7 can only address 3GB of ram.
64-bit Windows 7 can address a theoretical 16 billion gigabytes, however currently most just use 16GB.
Minimum requirements are 1 gigabyte of RAM.
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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:52 PM

2gB minimum for 64 bit.
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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:55 PM

I had heard that somewhere but I wasn't sure if I was right.
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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:53 AM

Is this one any better
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649

i know id have to get the memory and cost a bit more but got to get the right one.
I noticed the Cache is lower than the other one
L1 Cache:
4 x 64 KB instruction caches
4 x 64 KB data caches
L2 Cache:4 x 512KB
and the other one which is here
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649
has 2000 od.
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Re: Which motherboard is better ?

Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:24 AM

No, seriously, ebay is not a good site for tech anything.

http://www.newegg.com
http://www.tigerdirect.com

You're likely to find substantially better deals if you get there today from Cyber Monday leftovers (rather to say encore tuesday now)
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