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best MB for an average user?

By peetree ·
My MB fried cause of my power supply - yes Colin from Auzi Land you were correct. Anyhow. I am not a gamer, just an average user who is wanting to spend around $125 +/- $20 on a NEW Motherboard that will cary me into... say... ~three years from now? I would like to use the existing components if possible. The components are: 1GB 184-pin Unbuff DIMM 128MX64 DDR PC3200 and include, as a slave drive, a Maxtor 6Y120P0 HDD. OH. I'm going to need a new powersupply too! :)

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by spidershrek In reply to best MB for an average us ...

You can find good cheap MB at http://www.Tigerdirect.com I bout one about 2 1/2 years and it works really good.

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by spidershrek In reply to best MB for an average us ...

You can find good cheap MB at http://www.Tigerdirect.com I bout one about 2 1/2 years and it works really good.

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by spidershrek In reply to best MB for an average us ...

You can find good cheap MB at http://www.Tigerdirect.com I bout one about 2 1/2 years and it works really good.

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by spidershrek In reply to best MB for an average us ...

You can find good cheap MB at http://www.Tigerdirect.com I bout one about 2 1/2 years and it works really good.

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Sorry for the repetitive answers TR is giving me script errors

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by 3xp3rt In reply to best MB for an average us ...

My advice is a MSI MB with PCI Express slotand 800 MHz FSB. This must work for you for the next 3 years

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to best MB for an average us ...

Well I like Antec Power Supplies because I've seen them save a computer when by every thing that's Holy it should have been destroyed. A tree came down in a thunder storm and brought the 33 KV lines in contact with the Low Voltage Mains and the Antec PS threw about 3 feet of flame out of the back set fire to the curtains and died. I expected the computer to be toast and when I replaced the PS it worked and is still working 3 years latter. While I wouldn't recommend this treatment it's nice to know that things like this can happen without destroying the rest of the computer.

As for M'Boards just about any of the Branded ones like Gigabyte, ASUS, ABit, Tyan or the like provided that they are not the all in one types with an on board Video Processor. You take too much of a performance hit with these where they use the CPU as a GPU and some of the system memory for the Video as well.

Look around at the Makers Web Sites and then decide on which one you want and shop around for the best price. Here are a couple of the sites.

http://tinyurl.com/4jyh3

http://tinyurl.com/hcptj

http://tinyurl.com/j3afn

http://tinyurl.com/zpcd2

http://tinyurl.com/e5zdk

You might even be able to pickup a cheap M'Board on places like E Bay. But that's up to you, I personally have used all of the above Brands without a problem over all, if the M'Board is going to go faulty it generally happens in a very short time and gets replaced Under Guarantee and I've only ever had 1 Gigabyte and 1 ASUS do this out of thousands that I've used over the years. I currently have a Tyan Quad Pentium M'Board running perfectly with 4 200 MMX on it a Gigabyte Dual P2/3 running perfectly and several others all working A OK after several years.

The ones that I've had real problems with have always been the MSI and PC Chips brands but they really are at the cheap end of the market and you honestly can't expect much better than what they deliver.

Col

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by B_Pope In reply to best MB for an average us ...

What CPU do you have??

Without the CPU info nobody can recommend any MB.
Is it Intel or AMD & what socket is it?

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by Nilt In reply to best MB for an average us ...

HAL is absolutely correct. With power supplies, IMO, there's Antec and everyone else. Since you had one die already you need a good one. Most often they die to unstable power so it wouldn't hurt to pick up a small UPS. I know Staples has a nice APC one for basic use for only around $40 or so.

As far as motherboard recommendations, that does indeed depend on exactly what you have left that's functional including CPU and video card, if any.

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