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By endure2n ·
I am building a gaming PC . Heres what I got so far.
AMD Athlon 6400 duel core processor
4 1 gig ram @1066 mhz ( Kingston )
2 BFG 8600 GT OC 512mb video cards
Need to know what would be a good mother board to get that will give me the best potential.

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Generally speaking the cleaver people

by OH Smeg In reply to Motherboards

Select the M'Board Make & Model before selecting any other components.

But having said that any M'Boards from Gigabyte or ASUS or ABit are very good and work well. I prefer Gigabyte because of the 3 Year Warranty myself but that's only a personal opinion.

The other thing you need to consider is the problem that is just coming to light with NVidia Chip Set Video. Apparently there is some talk of a Design Flaw in NVidia GPU's which if correct will render these Video Cards useless. At the moment it may be worth while considering a different Maker of Video Chip Sets.

Col

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You mean like 'Meat-Axe George' & friends ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Generally speaking the cl ...

They could be categorised as CLEAVER-people! :^0

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Well OM I can see that I'll be sending

by OH Smeg In reply to You mean like 'Meat-Axe G ...

Gino & Luigi around to pay you a visit.

I actually didn't want to come off too heavy above so I thought that the Deliberate Spooling Mustake might add a little levity while still getting the point across. Maybe I was wrong.

Col ]:)

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Meat-Axe George would buy a set of wheels than spend years ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Well OM I can see that I' ...

Trying to find a vehicle with axle-stud patterns to match the holes in his rims.

I got your point but I doubt that Gino or Luigi would understand.

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Gino & Luigi are not supposed to understand

by OH Smeg In reply to Meat-Axe George would buy ...

They just do as they are told to by me.

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2 Video Cards?

by TheChas In reply to Motherboards

If I read things right, you plan to install 2 512 MB video cards.

If so, leave out 2 of those 1 GB memory modules if you plan to use a 32 bit operating system.

Why, there is a limit of 4 GB of address space for a 32 bit OS. The upper 750 MB is reserved for system resources. Your pair of high end video cards can use over 1 GB of that upper address space all by themselves. You might even end up with less than 2 GB of addressable RAM space.

The work-around for this is to install a 64 bit version of Windows.

As to motherboards, I agree with osmeg, it is much easier to match the hardware to the motherboard than it is to find a motherboard to match your hardware.

For the hardware you list, there will be only a few motherboards to choose from. Having 2 16X PCIe slots will be the first limit.

After you find your choices of motherboards, start thinking about what other resources you need.
PCI slots, 1X PCIe slots, IDE drives, Legacy ports, Gigibit LAN. You get the idea. Once you determine the rest of your hardware needs, you can get to a short list of motherboards that meet your needs.

Chas

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These ASUS M'Boards seem to show

by OH Smeg In reply to Motherboards

All you want though they do not make any mention of Crossfire Support

http://tinyurl.com/6oa9qb

http://tinyurl.com/6g9sn4

http://tinyurl.com/2pxss6

http://tinyurl.com/yuh5rr

http://tinyurl.com/68eu4o

As do these ABit M'Boards

http://tinyurl.com/6lnukz

http://tinyurl.com/63cfsm

As do these Gigabyte M'Boards

http://tinyurl.com/5uvp7k

http://tinyurl.com/6azz8q

http://tinyurl.com/6naqrq

http://tinyurl.com/58888h

http://tinyurl.com/5vmfzr

http://tinyurl.com/5fwzfy

However the last one listed from Gigabyte is probably the best one currently available though it may not be freely available in your area. You many have to shop around for it.

AS you didn't make any mention of a OS to use I didn't post any suggestions on the RAM but if you are looking at using a 32 Bit Windows System it will not be able to use all 4 GIGS of RAM though if you fit it now a 32 Bit Version of Windows will use all that it can. Of course if you are looking at using a 64 Bit OS then you can shove as much RAM as the M'Board can take and not be a problem.

Col

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