best 939 chipset? (AGP support)

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  1. mrblah

    mrblah Member

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    Ive been out of the loop since the athlonxp chipsets so I have no idea about the current chipsets these days for athlon64 cpu's.

    right now I have an ancient 2200+ xp coupled with an abit NF7-s2 (nforce 2u). Ive enjoyed the nforce chipset so far and wouldnt mind getting another.

    Im planning on getting a winchester 3000+, I'll need to beable to use my agp gf6800 so nforce4 isnt in the cards.

    So my question is which would be the best chipset for gaming? Im not very concerned with overclocking since I never buy premium grade ram. If you have any suggestions for specific motherboards I would be interested in hearing them too (Im looking to spend $110 or less at newegg). This is the mb Im looking at getting right now http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128263
     
  2. Nerm

    Nerm Master Guru

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    nf3 or nf4. anything but a via chipset. :)
     
  3. Djinn

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    Why don't you get another nForce 4 chipset?

    They have more then an ample amount of AGP motherboards.
     
  4. mrblah

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    what nforce4 boards have agp? newegg doesnt have any as far as I can tell, they are all pci-e

    and am I correct in assuming that these boards require pc3200 ram as a minimum?
     
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  5. Djinn

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    I'll be damned. I know they make them, just don't know if Newegg has them.

    Have you tried ZipZoomFly.com?
     
  6. Ehecu

    Ehecu Maha Guru

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    As far as I know, nForce 4's are PCIe only. Also, most nForce 3's support DDR 266/333/400 - Anything 184-pin really, though obviously DDR400 is recommended for the sake of performance. That and it's hard to find reliable 266/333 memory anymore...

    The board you're looking at is alright, but really I'd suggest you go for the Gigabyte K8NS Ultra-939 instead of just the vanilla model. My new rig's got one running with a 3000+ actually, same as you're planning. Works great and packs more features than any other motherboard I've used in years. Highly recommend it...
     
  7. mrblah

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    it is the ultra, I think the plain one was around 70 bucks. So I take it youre happy with the 3000+ and k8ns ultra. Im still stuck with a 2200+ and am getting kind of tired of 30fps in a lot of cpu intensive games, I hope a 3000+ will last a long time with my 6800
     
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    Mrblah, I'm in the same boat as you looking for a 939 A64 upgrade. I'm looking at this board right now, but i think it is a bit higher than you wanted to pay.

    newegg link

    Here is a decent 939/with agp review.

    review
     
  9. stalkersoftware

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    The best 939 board with AGP is the MSI NEO2 Platinum, great board.
     
  10. Soilwork

    Soilwork Master Guru

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    Agreed!!
     

  11. im using a NEO2 and its great!
     
  12. flashnc

    flashnc Maha Guru

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    you know.... i have always been a fan of the nforce boards, then for a grin, i decided to try the rev 2 Asus A8V Deluxe. i found for me anyways, great stability, no qurks, and as you can see>>>>>>>> it is clocking sweet.

    i had always heard avoid via chip sets, but using the promise controllers and drivers, ive had nothing but good things to say for this board, it is an alternative for you to consider.

    Flash
     
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    Yep the Neo 2 rockzz
     
  14. nout

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    agreed
     
  15. Sonicpanda

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    Yeap MSI Neo2, but you should take this into consideration;

    "This mobo can cause some problems."

    Anyway, this board is great.
     

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    I would get the neo2 but its too expensive (I can spend around 500 bucks, half of that is for a PSP). Besides I think if I had the choice between 40 bucks more for a mb or 40 bucks more for a faster processor I think it would be more worthwhile to get the processor

    so I guess the general consensus is nf3 ultra
     
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    I have the Giga K8NS ULTRA it is the best board out there very good overclocker & stable , forget the MSI NEO2 it is just a pain in the A$$
     
  18. Ehecu

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    Ahh... Sorry, missed that >.<

    Anywho, that's what I'd suggest. Not that the Neo 2 isn't good or anything, I've just never used one :)
     
  19. -hyperlite.iog-

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    what makes the neo 2 so much better than the asus a8v board?
     
  20. Soilwork

    Soilwork Master Guru

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    nothing wrong with the AV8 at all. Although VIA does have some conflicts with ATI cards and Creative soundcards. NForce3 just "feels" better to me (I used to have a VIA based MSI K8T NEO2)
     

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