Motherboard worries unfounded?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by bean438, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. bean438

    bean438 Guest

    I plan to buy a new 939/nforce3 board (DFI, Giga, or MSI).
    A couple of hours of surfing now has me paranoid.
    Many problems/issues reported of all mobos.
    However all the problems were from overclocking, i.e. getting the memory timings "just right".
    When I built my pc 4 years ago I simply bought a board based on the chipset recommendations of my soundcard manufacturer.
    I put it all together and it worked fine for years.
    Am I reading too much into this?
    I dont overclock, and I buy name brand components (no generic ram etc).
    All this talk of SATA problems scares me.
    I think it may boil down to reading the manual before doing anything.
  2. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    No Bean you have nothing to worry about. Your Mobo choices, the fact that you don't OC and use name brand parts will yeild you a very nice DAW.

    I assume when you speak of SATA problems you read the thread I posted. The issue is not with SATA drives themselves but SATA drives that are boot devices. It's an issue with the BIOS finding the boot device and SATA can have problems being recognized as the boot device. Any SATA that is not a boot device is fine

    Most people use SATA for their OS drive with no issues but there is still the potential for problems. I happen to be one of the unlucky few who had issues. The easiest way to avoid this is to use an IDE drive for your OS and save the SATA's for audio/apps whatever.

    BTW, your Mobo choices are excellent for the 939 with the Giga being the best.

    Good luck with your build.
  3. bean438

    bean438 Guest

    Out of curiousity why do you consider the GIGA board the best choice?
    Since SATA is not "new" anymore I wonder why there is potential issues still?
    I figured enough time has passed to work the bugs out.
    Isnt it just a matter of selecting the boot order in the bios, and if windows is installed on your 1st choice (SATA), and of course making sure the SATA controller drivers are loaded during the os install?
    If I remember correctly the DFI boards have the least issues with SATA drives, however the brand new DFI 939/nforce3 board is still too new and is having some quirks. I cannot wait until they are worked out.
    I also assume that the giga board is x2 ready with a bios update.

    I do have an IDE drive, but I am from the school of putting your os on the newest, fastest drive. I will try the SATA as my os drive. If there are problems I can always switch.

    Thanks Big_D

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