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Which motherboard is right for me?

By SpyderGST1 ·
I plan to build a home computer for my kids. I have not been involved with hardware lately and need advice on what is the best choice for my plans.

I have the case already Micro ATX form factor. Since this computer will be used for homework, internet and some gaming I am not looking to go all out. I was thinking about a PIII 800. So what do you think the best motherboard is for my needs? Remember I need it in Micro ATX.

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by eBob In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

I recommend that you cruise the various resellers' and manufacturers' sites (ASUS, AOpen, Abit, Tyan, PCPartners, etc.) and come to your own conclusion. Another constraint might be what is available in your budget in your area.

However, I did popover to "www.motherboard.org" and used their MOBOT.

A couple of examples:
- AOpen has a nice looking mATX called MX3S that holds a PIII FC
- Asus has the CUWE-RM W/Audio which saves the need to use up a slot for a sound card. (That might be important in a mATX system.)
- Intel's own CC810E series (a bit more expensive...)

Good Luck

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by eBob In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

Personal Experience: ASUS should be a high contendor.

Since you seem pre-sold on microATX, I recommend that you look for a board with at least integrated sound. Yes, it won't be the best sound available, but you will find all mATX boards are already short on PCI slots, and using one up for a sound card leaves you one slot closer to no further expansion.

Personally, for kids or not, I prefer to build on full ATX, in a mid-tower case (3 or 4 5.25", 2 or 3 3.5" drive slots, etc.) so I have lots of expansion room (6 or 7 PCI, maybe one AGP and one AMR, etc.) Simple cases with 250W power supply are <US$50 in my part of the world (doing a straight currency conversion). So I wouldn't be too worried about trying to use an existing case. In fact, one system I recently built had a case, PSU, Tyan mobo, Duron 800MHz with Thermaltake fan, for <US$200.

In line with your question, the Tyan board seems to work just fine, but I still prefer the Asus boards I've used. I think they're better supported and better built (purely subjective). I also like the little features like the extra USB built onto the board, etc.

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by SpyderGST1 In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

I have decided to build on a full atx board based on your recommendations. I have also decided to use ASUS. Thanks

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by Butzmann In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

If you were not confined to mATX i'd recommend aquiring ASUS CUSL2-C as ASUS Rulez %). You're lucky though, they have CUEP2-M wich comes with (optional) audio and all the features and stability of cusl2-c.
The other option is Intel's D815EFV or D815EPFV (the second is better). They won't let you overclock... but that's doubtedly useful for you. Very stable and need minimal user attention. Plug and go.

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by SpyderGST1 In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

I have decided to use ASUS Thanks.

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by mark_sheard In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

Remember that it is all okay to find the right motherboard, i think more importantly will the processore be compatable to the motherboard. I would be very careful as these are the main components that makes everything "fly"... Mother i would suggestAsus and Gigabyte. I have put a few together and have Great performance.. Make sure that the model you buy is compatible and works well with the CPU..
CPU's i suggest are Athalon or Duron and intel!!.. go to www.asus.com and they should be able tolet you know which motherbaords support what processors..
hope this Helps

Mark

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by SpyderGST1 In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

Thank you.

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by centaurus In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

Hi
First i think you should say how much you want to spend, then you tell us what components you have allready (scard, vcard...). You might also consider another CPU.

Regards

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by SpyderGST1 In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

I provided the information you requested but, you never responded with a second comment based on the information I provided.

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by SpyderGST1 In reply to Which motherboard is righ ...

I intend to spend about 250 for proc and board. I won't spend more then 300. I don't care if its fully integrated but, It would be nice to add my own sound card and video card. It seems most of you are suggesting asus. Per the first person's commentthat I should do some research. I have looked into different boards and have done some research. I have posted this question because I don't have personal experience with many boards. I want to know what your recommendations are based on your experiences or knowledge. I hope this has cleared up any confusion. I am modifing the point value because I want the worthy comments to be rewarded. I will close the question in about a week. Thanks guys.

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