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Motherboard/Processor Bundle Recommendation

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Hi there,

I'm building a new PC and was wondering if anybody could make any recommendations on a good motherboard/processor combo.

I'm currently running a AMD XP2400 w/512MB RAM.
Using a Delta 66 PCI card and OmniStudio I/O Box.

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21 years 2 months

Pro Audio Guest Tue, 08/22/2006 - 13:38
dkatayama wrote: Hi there,

I'm building a new PC and was wondering if anybody could make any recommendations on a good motherboard/processor combo.

I'm currently running a AMD XP2400 w/512MB RAM.
Using a Delta 66 PCI card and OmniStudio I/O Box.
how much money are you willing to spend? for processors, i'd say an [[url=http://[/URL]="http://www.amd.com/…"]AMD Athlon 64 X2[/]="http://www.amd.com/…"]AMD Athlon 64 X2[/], which i think is the newer version of what you have... depending on money, you pick a model that you can afford, but they are 64 bit dual core processors. i have a AMD Athlon 64 3500+, which is a single core verson, and im happy with it.
otherwise intel pent. 4 or some of the higher pentium D's (like the 900 series.)

and for motherboards, look for one that works with the processor obviously, but i don't have any specific recommendations. just make sure they look good (feature wise). I'd look for 4 memory slots (so you can upgrade), a few PCI and maybe one or two PCIe slots, and a good video card if you don't plan on buying a seperate one. asus are good motherboards though.

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cfaalm Wed, 08/23/2006 - 04:33
[[url=http://[/URL]="http://www.anandtec…"]Here[/]="http://www.anandtec…"]Here[/] is a good place to get an impression if you want to go AMD.

Budgetwise there is no reason not to go dualcore for a DAW PC, Intel or AMD. Intel's Core2Duo is an impressive performer, but prolly a bit more expensive than AMD's AM2 X2.

Forget SLI or Crossfire boards: too much stuff that has nothing to do with a DAW and a hefty price. I think you'll be looking for a Platinum version of the nForce 500 boards.

The rest is up to features like FW400/800, eSATA, number of SATA ports, number of PCI/PCI-E slots. You decide.

Good luck!
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