Re: MB recommendations -- budget upgrade?
- From: anton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Anton Ertl)
- Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 09:13:22 GMT
Whoever <nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
I've always had good luck with Via chipsets. They seem to be stable and
well supported under Linux.
My own machines have had VIA chipsets (MVP3, KT133, K8T800) since
1998, and I have no complaints about the chipsets.
We have also used boxes with the VIA Apollo Pro chipset as servers,
and they work fine (they are now 5-6 yeqars old).
Anyway to ask the question positively: if not Via or Sis, what? nVidia?
We have no experience with SiS.
We have a box with an nForce 4 chipset, and it works fine.
We also have some boxes with Intel chipsets, and they work fine, too,
but that would mean you would have to buy an Intel CPU (and the ones
you can get for cheap run hot).
No: I want to upgrade for $150 or less.
Should be ample for a Socket-939 motherboard with on-board graphics
and a decent Athlon 64 (no need to restrict yourself to a Sempron)
On my local pricewatch site I see a boxed Athlon 64 3200+ for less
than EUR70 (the boxed 3000+ is only ~ EUR2 less, so I would go for the
3200+; you can also save a little by buying a tray CPU and a separate
heatsink). And the ASUS A8V-VM costs about EUR45 and has PCI-e and
PCI slots, so that seems to fit your bill. I cannot report
experiences with that board, though, so look around for what is cheap
at the places you buy from, and check on the web or here whether any
specific problems with Linux are known.
If the signal quality of the graphics turns out to be too bad for you,
you can get a Radeon 7000 PCI for EUR30, or a PCIe Radeon X300SE for a
The memory isn't coming from my present system, but I have enough DDR
memory available at no cost.
Note that, if you go with a Socket 939 board, you must use paired
DIMMs, i.e., the same size, and, from what I read, the same type in
other respects, too.
M. Anton Ertl Some things have to be seen to be believed
anton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Most things have to be believed to be seen
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