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Can someone help me choose a motherboard .

I've got a budget of around £130 (Can swing to £150 if needed) the website is done in pounds so that should help.

http://www.cclcomputers.co.uk/acatalog/

It's to fit in this case - ATX Midi Tower H-01

Oh and a recommendation on cpu would be nice too .

Thanks for any help given .




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What's it for? Home PC, gaming station, server??

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Well intended for general use really at first. Just surfing the net, Might put paintshop or photoshop on it but nothing too fancy. If i need it for much more i'll upgrade at a later stage .. could call it a home PC.

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Celerons or Durons are pretty amazing in value. Fast and inexpensive. I don't know much about AMD related motherboards. I have an Abit BE6-II with a Celeron 566 (overclocked to 850) and it's more than enough for any application I run. The Abit board goes for about $190 Canadian dollars, so you should have no problems affording it.

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Thats only £85 in uk currency. I'm guessing a 650mhz processor would be enough for what i want?.

The pc i'm on now is old its about 3 years old and runs on 166mhz and i find that fast.

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Oh yeah, 650 will be fine. Just make sure to get a minimum of 128 MB of ram. Any less and it won't matter how fast your processor is.

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I've currently got 64 i think guess i'll buy another block of 64 then i should be fine?

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yep, get more ram. Otherwise you won't benefit from the increased processor speed as much as you should.

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I would suggest a brand new 128 ram, since your current 64 ram is most likely 66 mhz.

a 64 ram for that will be hard to find, and probably almost as expensive as a 128 ram @ 100/133mhz

And yes, ram is definately the thing to invest on if you plan to do some graphic design... I have 256 and windows manage to eat 150mb just to start IE :p

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The current 64 i have is not in a machine. It's still in its box. So guess more cash to fork out.

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With AMD processors, I believe Asus motherboards are reasonable, though they aren't *the* best on the market (my comp's running a K6-2/350 with an Asus and it's doing OK).

Though the more RAM you have the better obviously.... Though don't use so much that Win98 can't handle the extra RAM

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Gotta watch the RAM if you're doing much with graphics. Careful on the DIMM slots so you don't wind up eating expensive RAM later if you upgrade...

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So would 128mb ram be good enough?.

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I find 128M plenty on most systems... though I do usually buck up to 256K or more on the systems where I do intensive graphical work, and often a full 1G on our development systems.

For most uses, though, on a 600MHz or better board with a decent graphics card (16M minimum) and a fast bus, 128M system RAM is just dandy-fine-plenty, really.

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Yeah, 128 MB is good for 90% of tasks. But like others have stated, if you're going to be doing a lot of graphic design and/or heavy gaming (Unreal Tournament, Quake, etc....) 256 is even sweeter.


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