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Discussion in 'Recording' started by sparkyassbyter, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. Hello,
    What motherboards are hot. I want to build, but have been out of the loop for a coupLe of years. last time I viewed this site asus was the way to go. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
  2. zeep

    zeep Guest

    Hi, some time ago i was wondering about the same thing. Some searches in this forum and most certainly this thread helped me a lot! My mobo is 'the proven' A7N8X-E Deluxe but it's reasonably old so probably not for your taste ;)
  3. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    All I know is to steer clear of the NForce 4 chipset.
  4. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    IMO The best thing you can do on this is make a quick call to a good local PC shop and talk with one of the guys, tell him what your exact needs are, and see what he recommends. That's what I did last time and the guy I dealt with absolutely *nailed* it, I couldn't possibly be happier with the board he chose. It's a dual bios Gigabyte board, awesome performance and reliability. :cool:
  5. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    By the way Cal, what's the model #? Thats what I have in my DAW. But it's also getting around that time for me to upgrade too. I'm still using an GA-8IGX and it has performed up to it's expectations and some. There are a few others I'd like to try, but for now, you defenitely got my vote on the giga-byte mobo.
  6. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    I've got more than one box but that particular one has a:

    Gigabyte P4 Titan 667 Series 8PE667 Ultra 2

    I bought it just as it hit the market. I'm telling you the performance is great but the stability is *incredible*. Just can't say enough good things about this board. I'm going to build a new PC in the spring and I'm definitely going back to the same guy who recommended this board and getting him to pick the next one based on the same criteria as last time. :cool:

    BTW the board wasn't even that expensive. Especially considering how feature packed it is. Dual bios, SATA ready, etc. Heck when he sold me the board there weren't even any SATA drives on the market yet the board had full support for them. *That's* what I call a motherboard. You can safely scrimp on a lot of stuff with PCs if you're building on a budget, i.e. your CD burner, your hard drive capacity, etc. but the two places to *never, ever* scrimp are the power supply and motherboard.

    I also run only 100% genuine Intel CPUs. (y)

    Sector Computer in Calgary is just the best shop ever. Nice and small, the owner works there, and just generally a bunch of brilliant, friendly guys who charge a fair price and give superb service. Old school retailing. Smart guys too because after the way they've treated me I'd never shop anywhere else. 8)
  7. GregP

    GregP Guest

    Intel Schmintel. ;) But I like the rest of the advice.

  8. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Well you're right from here forward, AMD beats Intel performance-wise hands down:

    But back when I was building these computers it was a different story methinks. Anyhow that's the excuse I'm sticking to no matter how hot this seat gets. I would definitely look into the choices before building my next system and I didn't mean to arbitrarily recommend "Intel only" for new systems. :cool:
  9. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    Here is what I'm considering for an Intel 830D:




    But that AMD X2 3800 looks kind of tasty too...
  10. tar_tay

    tar_tay Guest

    How about VIA K8T890 chipset mobo?
  11. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Hee, yeah VIA chipsets. I owned one once. That was the crashiest computer I've ever seen in my life, I still have it collecting dust in a closet. :cool:
  12. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    :-? That's how that chipset works. And that's a fact, IMO.
  13. Hi...just to add to this....I just replace a jetway board with a viachipset. it was junk. it was new as well, and, my uad card didnt even work till i updated the bios, and even then, it was moody. crashed quite a bit.

    I now have a asus p5p800, and, i am loving it. totally solid. runs on the intel 856? chipset i think, intel anyway.

    I just read in a tascam optimizing tuturial, that, intel chipsets are more reliable and stable when it comes to audio.

    thats my 2 cents. goodluck.

    oh, by the way, here is something that may be old news to some, but, a tip that i got, that i never did, and its helping. if you only have 2 ide slots for your cd roms, and hard disks, you should slave the cd rom to the primary master,( your main harddrive) and, run your audio drive as a secondary master. ( hook it up alone to the secondary ide slot)

    this may be a gimmie, but, i never knew that, and, it was causing clicks in my audio, cause, i have my audio drive slaved off of the master program drive.

  14. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    I still prefer Intel Chipsets, so this forces me to use Intel CPU's (I don't mind). I read lots of issues with VIA and even N-Force Chipsets, and that is probbaly the only thing keeping me away from AMD...

  15. CustomProd

    CustomProd Guest

    Asus/Intel is still the way so far until the new "Longhorn" version of Windows comes out.

    When it comes to MoBo's..... Use the "Search" part of this forum and use "ANUS" as the search term.

    Stop giggling :lol: On this forum the ANUS rig has been tested and updated over the years and has proven itself to be a solid and reliable performer.

    I'm about due for another upgrade myself. I'll be waiting for Gary to have the time before we start testing new builds again. You ready for another round of builds Gary?? lol :shock:

    proud member of the Asus/Northwood Users Society
  16. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    The Asus P5WD2-E Premium will be hard to beat IMO. It shold be released any day now. It uses the new Intel 975 Chipset. Intel also just started shipping the Presler 65nm Dual-Cores this week (read on).

    I've got a new Intel Presler 65nm 930 Dual Core 3GHz (w 2x 2MB of L2) on the way, along with an Asus P5WD2-Premium (955 Chipset), and 2Gigs of killer OCZ DDR2-667 4-4-4-8 RAM. I'm hoping it will do much better than the 90nm 8xx Pentium D's which did not fair so well, and ran WAY hot (I saw some at 80*C!).

    A guy I chat with at OverclockersForums just got his 930 Presler Dual-Core today, and it runs @ stock speeds at about 50*C (full load) on the stock HSF. When Overclocked to 4GHz, it peaked around 60*C (same stock heatsink). With a better heatsink (I'll be using the Thermalright XP-120 and a 120mm fan), it should stay well below 60*C at or beyond 4GHz (x 2 cores).

    This will be my main "Everything" Rig, so I'll probably Overlcock the snot out of it past 4GHz (each core), and get the FSB past 1GHz (This MoBo is designed for 1066FSB, so it should remain rock solid). I still track/record to my Shuttle xPC with the 915 Chipset and a P4 530J that runs stock speeds (rock solid). I will mix on the new system, and on my other 3.2GHz P4 system (also runs at 4GHz)... Should really open up my Plug-in counts (oh boy!). I could see running 8 or so IR-1's at full resolution. I might even try the deal where the second PC runs Plug-ins via Ethernet for shits and grins (the 4GHz Dual Core for main use, and a 4GHz Single Core for Plug-in "overflow" - both with 2GB of fast-ass RAM :!: ).

    Fun stuff! I just hope these new Presler 65nm Dual-Cores perform like they SHOULD! If not, I'll sell it, and go with the Cedar Hill 651 (65nm 3.4GHz single core - rumored to hit close to 5GHz on air cooling!!!)

    AMD should be prepared for some serious Intel Artillery coming their way ;)


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