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Best Motherboards

By jordanspcrepair ·

I was wondering where is the best place online to buy motherboards?? I am on a tight budget, and i need one really bad. Will Socket A motherboards fade away?? I have a AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 1.53 GHz CPU for Socket A motherboard. I also have 384 MB PC2100 333Mhz DDR-SDRAM memory modules. i have a 40 gb IDE hard drive and a dvd burner, do you think my computer will be windows vista ready?

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by mjd420nova In reply to Best Motherboards

Try FRY's Electronics. They are my superstore for anything electronic. Mother boards, CD/DVD drives, hard drives, video cards, sound cards, monitors and any kind of printer, scanner or device to connect to a computer. Plus any kind of cable you need. I'm like a kid in a candy store, I always find what I need. They even have weekly adds, just todat they had a simple P4
motherboard, 3Ghz, 800Mhz frontside buss for only $159. That's a deal for that MOBO. Too bad I'm not building a new machine yet. YET

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by jordanspcrepair In reply to

thanks for your information. i only knew of tigerdirect and newegg.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Best Motherboards

I would say shop around and find what fits you and your budget.
As far as Vista Ready.... I would think that it may install Vista, but it would run like crap. To get decent performance from Vista, a 2.2+ Ghz proc and min. 512 MB Ram will be needed. Better with an dual core proc and 1-2GB Ram

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by jordanspcrepair In reply to

thanks for your help. after thinking about installing vista, i think i will be better off going with windows xp pro. because vista beta 2 is now like a old version of vista due to what i have heard.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Best Motherboards


I use them for all my computer needs.

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by jordanspcrepair In reply to

thanks for your help. newegg may be the place i do buy a couple of things from.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Best Motherboards

As I'm not in the US I will not even try to point you to a supplier.

As for Socket A M'Boards they are now officially Dead there may be a few left over from Old Stock but AMD has moved away from this socket a while ago. Any that you do see will be old Chip Sets and not as fast as the newer AMD CPU's/M'Board combinations.

But regarding Vista the CPU is big enough the RAM could be more but should work but 512 is really the Minimum and 1 GIG better and as you didn't mention what Video card you have that's a debatable question. Vista needs at least 64 MEG of Video RAM to run Aero and 128 is better.

The current Vista Beta that is available is a Resource Hog and needs a lot of system resources though MS claim that it will work on a 800 MHZ CPU I personally wouldn't want to try it on one. Currently I have it loaded on a Pentium Extreme a Dual Core with Hyper Threading, + 4 GIG of RAM and it's so slow.

If you are prepared to wait it will run and should be stable but it's going to be Really Slow.


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by jordanspcrepair In reply to

thanks for telling me about my dead motherboard that is really dead. i am just just going to go with the dual-core processor.

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by B_Pope In reply to Best Motherboards

Socket A like socket 478 motherboards will be available for a good year or two more, all MB mfg'ers have loads of them in stock to sell, my supplier still lists many makes including Asus Abit MSI ECS & DFI. Heck they still list some socket 370 MB's, with a note they were discontinued March 2006 but still have available stock.

If you can locate a "good" local PC shop (not a big box type outfit like a Newegg, there focused on the here & now of products not the past) they should have no trouble getting you whatever you want in socket A MB, but good PC shops are scarce so don't be fooled by wannabes.

Here the story on Vista requirements & as HAL pointed out you'll need to upgrade your RAM, I have some friends running the beta on 1.6GHz & 1.8GHz PC's & it runs smooth without any problems.


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by jordanspcrepair In reply to

thanks for your help.

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