What to look for in a MOBO

December 31, 2009 at 21:16:48
Specs: Windows XP, 1024
Hi, I think I will stick to an AMD CPU. Is their any major diff in mobo's after number of slots and onboard video if it has any?

Why is one mobo $80 and another $160 when neither have onboard video ? Why are some $269 ?

I am just trying to highlight my level of confusion.


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December 31, 2009 at 21:56:23
AMD boards currently come in 3 different sockets...AM2, AM2+ or AM3. This should help explain the differences:

Socket AM2

Socket AM2+

Socket AM3

Start by telling us which CPU & which RAM you plan on using.

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December 31, 2009 at 21:58:56
All Desktop PC Motherboards have PCI slots
There are many differences in Motherboards, some have better video controllers, some have better Windows 7 compatibility, different amounts and types of Ram and CPUs, Better sound, more ports; etc etc etc

You can read "reviews" of specific motherboard models online (I just search Google for this)

If you just want a basic system with nothing too flash, any basic motherboard will do.
Most users put stacks of money into addon Video Cards and Ram and high end CPUs

I'm not sure if that's what you wanted to know?

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December 31, 2009 at 22:34:10
My desktop just died. I was going to upgrade it is 4years old and was basic 4 years ago. I changed the BIOS, now nothing happens at all, no LOGO on start nothing. Wont even go back into bios with F2 or Delete or anyother key. My internet on OLD laptop can take 5Min to load a page!!!!!

I can salvage one large IDE and two 40GIG Sata or SATAII, I forget. One DVD read only and One DVD burner drives. One 500Watt Supply. One Floppy drive if I bother?. Maybe I will get a new CASE as both sides for this one are in another town :) I will hold onto the PC3200 RAM but not use it.
And 15in screen. Oh ...the radeon 9550 is getting on so Ill need a new card unless onboard graphics.
If you don't mind, can you pick the parts for me(with a brief explanation) from either www.gamedude.com.au or www.umart.com.au I will then buy the items ,build the system and promise to post a link to pictures of it running windows 7.

I have only $450.

ps. power supply came with current case but I think it is held in with only 4 screws. then again if you choose a new case it may well come with power supply.

I just want a system that can play latest games ok... and will upgrade easy in 24 months time.

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December 31, 2009 at 22:41:52
"I just want a system that can play latest games ok... and will upgrade easy in 24 months time."

Oh, no issue at all then :D

Wait a minute :/ To get a system to play the latest games it will cost a hec of a lot more than $450 AU and a couple of 40Gig hard drives !

I think you are best to keep saving until you can afford a complete new system, with a quality Video card and a few Gig of Ram (say 6 to 8 Gig)
Oh and Windows 7 of course ;)

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December 31, 2009 at 23:21:31
yep I guess my hopes were high :)

I can't believe that changing the BIOS has gort me to a point where its dead. I checked out the monitor in case that was not working, but its OK.

The error I got was some chassis setting error. I remember changing a CHASSIS setting and CPU Voltage (by 0.1V) and others just to see what happens. Boy am I regretting this.

The first error was just that I had to load MOBO driver CD, which I did then it automatically went through a couple of repair steps then restarted to a totally blank/dead screen and now I cant even get BIOS back up ?

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January 1, 2010 at 00:10:56
Sounds like an easy fix to me, although all posts do :D

You might want to create a new topic on it, to see if you can get it fixed ;)

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January 1, 2010 at 06:42:44

I believe the poster already has an ongoing thread here. And you responded to it.


Querty, go back to your original thread and answer questions.

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January 1, 2010 at 15:13:09
I know I did

Because if you read my response above I asked him to create a new thread, and then I replied to that new thread, >after< replying here ;)

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January 1, 2010 at 15:25:30
The other thread is older by hours.

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January 1, 2010 at 15:42:08
Originally posted by kimsland: Date: January 1, 2010 at 00:10:56 Pacific
"You might want to create a new topic on it, to see if you can get it fixed ;)"

New Thread created by qwerty101:Date: January 1, 2010 at 00:45:24 Pacific

The new Thread was made AFTER telling him to make a new thread

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January 1, 2010 at 15:48:42
My apologies kimsland. I thought both were posted on Jan 1st.

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January 1, 2010 at 16:04:08
Well they were for me
But I can see depending upon where you live that the dates may be different

Oh well all's well :)
Except we are waiting for a reply by the member on the other thread still
Yes I agree the Bios should be reset before trying to load any new bios file, basically it was late for me, and after some drinking too :p

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January 1, 2010 at 16:13:06
The issue is, did the poster flash or just change values.

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January 1, 2010 at 16:29:18
Well originally he didn't want support on it
Since he wants to "update" to a gaming computer
Maybe try a few options (Manual Reset of Bios or even try updating - if the wrong bios was previously used) And then go back to working out how to get a better computer.

Dell (if you buy OEM) starts at ~$500 for a brand new box all the way up to a standard system ~$1000 and way beyond
The good idea with Dell (or any manufacturer) is Windows 7 is not as expensive as buying it off the shelf (ie its included)

Yes people like "building" a good computer, but maybe a novice should be safe and just buy one. ;)
I would if I had the money (probably around $1500 AU for what I want

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