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Best PC Motherboard

By James_Randy ·
What is the best motherboard for a PC running AutoCAD and other various engineering/architectural software? The rest of the PC specifications are as follows: Intel Pentium III, 128/256 mb RAM, ATI (Rage 12 AGP graphics card, 10-12 GB HDD, 3COM (3C905B-TX) NIC.

When I say "best", cost is not a factor, but reliability, expandability, functionality, speed and longevity are the important considerations. The built-in BIOS could also be a factor. I'm looking for brand names and model numbers if you have them, and any other thoughts that this question might inspire.

Thank You.

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by Saxman642 In reply to Best PC Motherboard

I would recommend either an AUSU or TekRAM motherboard for the job.

In ASUS:
The ASUS P3V4X Mainboard:
Award bios, APollo chipset
Pentium II/III CPUs up to 733MHz
4 DIMM , 6 PCI slots.
URL:http://www.asus.com/Products/Motherboard/Pentiumpro/P3v4x/index.html

In TekRAM:
P6Pro-A+

Pentium III CPU up to 733MHz
3 DIMM (768MB RAM max.),
Good value in my opinion.
http://www.tekram.com/hot_products.asp?Product=P6Pro-Aplus

Both mainboards are worthe the purchase in my opinion.
Good luck with your building!

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by James_Randy In reply to Best PC Motherboard

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm doing some research to formulate a specification for future PC purchases. Some PCs I build myself, but others I have built, and would like to specify EXACTLY what I want. I've mostly bought ASUS boards, but not the P3v4X. I'll look into your two suggestions. Thanks for the reply.

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by bhughes In reply to Best PC Motherboard

I would recommend the ASUS CUR-DLS series. Your engineering/architechural software is going to require some hard core cpu cycles and rock solid stability. WinNT or 2k. This board uses 2 PIII's up to 4gb RAM, Ultra2 SCSI controllers and 2 64bit PCI slots and 5 standard PCI. It is designed for a server but would be a GREAT workstation for your needs.
(NO AGP slot but who needs it with 64 bit PCI?)check out
http://www.asus.com/products/motherboard/pentiumpro/cur-dls/index.html

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by James_Randy In reply to Best PC Motherboard

We don't do 3D CAD, rendering, etc., so dual processors is overkill. In addition, AutoCAD on Win95 won't recognize dual processors (I don't think). Thanks, anyway.

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by danzco In reply to Best PC Motherboard

There are several things to consider when buying an engineering workstation:

1. How much per hour is it costing you for your engineer? If an engineer is paid over $40k per year, plan on spending $4 to 8k per year on hardware. The productivity gains compared to wage costs will pay for the hardware.

2. Are you doing 3D stuff? If you are doing complex 3D stuff consider the top end Wild Cat video card.

3. Are you doing FEA? Finite element analysis uses lots of RAM. Be cautious about the CPU's ability to page the RAM files. A good rule of thumb is, 1k of cash for each meg if ram, 512k of cash can handle 512mb of ram, any more and the ram becomes overhead for the CPU and will cause the system to run slow. I purchased a 500 PIII with 756mb of ram, it booted and ran slower than a 233 note book until I removed 1 SIMM to drop it back to 512mb of RAM. We are having a simular problem with a Dell workstation with 2GB of ram, except it just crashes 2-6 times a day.

4. If you by a machine from Dell or anyone else and they say the software is causing your machine to crash don't let them make you trouble shoot the problem. Dell will string you out until your 30 Day return passes then you are stuck with the problem, and they will not refund your money. I know from a bad experience with DELL!!!! Dell's 24 hr. onsite repairs are contingent upon parts. They currently don't have any RDRAM in stock, nor can they tell you when they will receive it.

Intel has a department that can help you choose an Intel work station motherboard. Try 1-800-628-8686.

Be cautious of RDRAM.

If you depreciate your workstation for 5 years and at the end of 2 years donate it to a school, or college, the last 3 years of depreciation becomes a taxdeduction.

Good luck with you new system.

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by James_Randy In reply to Best PC Motherboard

You gave way too much information on entirely unrelated topics. All I asked for was for models of motherboards. I usually build my own PCs, never buying from Dell, Gateway, Compaq, etc.. Thanks, anyway.

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by lucard In reply to Best PC Motherboard

I think that the AOpen AX6BC millenium edition is the best mobo I ever worked with. Whatever you do, don't go for VIA chipsets. The rest is simple, choose the mobo that supports the fastest CPU, the fastest memory etc. If you say that money is nota problem, than you should get a dual-processor system which will be the best thing for CAD. Best brand names for mobo's are Asus and AOpen.

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by James_Randy In reply to Best PC Motherboard

I'll look into the board you suggested. However, I've had good luck with VIA chipsets. In fact, I was considering specifying the VIA Apollo chipset for my boards. Your comment will compel me to look into it further. I am partial to ASUS. Dual processor - not - see my comment above. Thanks for your suggestions.

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by campbelldc In reply to Best PC Motherboard

I have found Tyan Motherboards quite good. They started out as a server board manufacturer and they have taken their expertise in that field and put into their desktop boards.

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by James_Randy In reply to Best PC Motherboard

I'll look into the Tyan board. Thanks for the reply.

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