Asrock or Gigabyte

Emachines / E4032
March 12, 2009 at 01:33:28
Specs: Windows XP, CeleronD@3.2ghz/2048mb
Which motherboard would you say is the better one, Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L or Asrock 4Core1600-GLAN 775, it will be paired with PentiumDC E5200. thanks for your advice.

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#1
March 12, 2009 at 09:27:35
Gigabyte has been around for many years. ASRock is somewhat of a newcomer but has a good reputation because they're a subsidiary of ASUS. You really can't go wrong with either brand.

My question to you is why have you focused on the G31/ICH7 combo? The integrated graphics are weak, the PCI-express slot is v1.1 instead of the newer v2.0, & the ICH7 southbridge chipset is just plain old. You may as well just go out & buy a 2 year old computer because that's basically what you'll be building.


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#2
March 12, 2009 at 11:07:07
Are you planning on returning the Gigabyte you already have? I assume this is related to the thread linked below.

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#3
March 13, 2009 at 15:58:20
I originally only wanted to upgrade my cpu, but i discovered that my D102GGC2 mobo was very limited and would not take a E5200. So i had to change the motherboard aswell. The reason i went with G31 is because i have a very limited budget, and it will take the E5200, and even Quad core if i want to upgrade in the future. I must admit, i am no expert on chipsets, but it must be better than my currant board. I have a Radeon HD2600xt, a low end card i know, but it was only £30 in the new year sales. I am only a basic pc user, so i would not get the maximum benefit from anything high end even if my budget allowed it.

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