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Well I should have looked around more but I ordered this mobo (foxconn) for my new AMD system and I'm not sure if I should have gotten a more expensive asus board instead.

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I dont need the sli but I figured since it's asus that it may be better. Should I cancel the foxconn or what? mobo n00b :thumb:
 

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I would go with SLi even if you don't need it now you never know it's just like a fail proof plan.
 

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Hmm... I always go with the cheapest mobo I can find :p
/me slaps hydra :)

hmmm I'm not planning on overclocking my mobo too much but all the reviews say that this mobo dosnt overclock well with the bios, but that shouldnt be too much of an issue.

I just hear good things about Asus... kane would know ;)
 

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Dude: do you needto overclock it? It's an Athlon 64! You've already got 1337 performance. Any overclocks would be purely for braggin rights. Regardless about overclocks, even with the recommended equipment, you may not be able to overclock well. Take for example my last 2 boards. Apparently great overclockers, but I couldn't get my 2400+ (2.0GHz) much above 2.1 happily. My Athlon 64 goes into a right stress (when I stress it, it BSODs) If I take it anyspeed above the default 1.84GHz.
Add to this, it's an nForce 4 board: it's automaticaly good.
 

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for me, I will get the MSI K8N Diamond for sure, it got a sb live! 7.1 for audio! plus, it doesn't cost much, 169$US at some places (dunno on newegg tho)
 

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I was reading this review from xbitlabs and it has scored well on the charts and is right behind the MSI K8N Diamond. It lacks the sound quality of other boards but not terrible.

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Dude: do you needto overclock it?
Not really but Bjorn3d overclocked the same processor I'm installing (3200+) to 2.2ghz stable. So I might just do that for braggin rights ;)
 

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Well if you can overclock it and get stable speeds with a nice jump then there is some benefits. For example I paid for AMD 64 3200+ (winchester) with a default clock speed of 2.0 GHz and stable overclock at 2.5 GHz then it is worth it to me. I now basically have an AMD 64 3800+ which also has the 512k cache which goes for about $430 at newegg .. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-465&depa=1

the 3200+ is $196 .. so it does have more then bragging rights for advantages :p
 

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Keith said:
Well if you can overclock it and get stable speeds with a nice jump then there is some benefits. For example I paid for AMD 64 3200+ (winchester) with a default clock speed of 2.0 GHz and stable overclock at 2.5 GHz then it is worth it to me. I now basically have an AMD 64 3800+ which also has the 512k cache which goes for about $430 at newegg .. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-465&depa=1

the 3200+ is $196 .. so it does have more then bragging rights for advantages :p
I know my CPU and board should be able to clock up much more. I just wish I kew what was holding me back. I have cheap RAM, but I always underclock it when I overclock the FSB. I have a 450W PSU. Not a ninja expensive and trippy one, but not el cheapo either. Good graphics card, OK CPU fan (I was a fan of this auto adjusting Volcano 7 type thing till I actualy heard it, but....)
 

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#1. Do you plan on using a 6600 or a 6800?
#2. Are you actually going to use the SLi ability?

If #1 is a No: Go with Foxconn
If #2 is a No: Go with Foxconn
If #1 is a Yes: I'm about positive there is another on there that has SLi and is cheaper but ASUS is a great company so it'd be worth the $
If #2 is a Yes: Do you have the $ to throw down for 2 video cards and hte mobo or do you plan on buying another 6800 or 6600 down the road?
 

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Noel said:
#1. Do you plan on using a 6600 or a 6800?
#2. Are you actually going to use the SLi ability?

If #1 is a No: Go with Foxconn
If #2 is a No: Go with Foxconn
If #1 is a Yes: I'm about positive there is another on there that has SLi and is cheaper but ASUS is a great company so it'd be worth the $
If #2 is a Yes: Do you have the $ to throw down for 2 video cards and hte mobo or do you plan on buying another 6800 or 6600 down the road?
Your question #1 isn't a yes/no answer :p
It's too late as it was already shipped, but on the subject of SLi, I think it would be a good idea just to have it. That way you are guarenteed a few more years out of your mobo unless your CPU platform becomes out of date (not likely).
 

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I know my CPU and board should be able to clock up much more. I just wish I kew what was holding me back. I have cheap RAM, but I always underclock it when I overclock the FSB. I have a 450W PSU. Not a ninja expensive and trippy one, but not el cheapo either. Good graphics card, OK CPU fan (I was a fan of this auto adjusting Volcano 7 type thing till I actualy heard it, but....)
What happens when you try to overclock it more? Maybe theres some cooling issues?

The Foxconn will last me for awhile, it's a socket 939 and has pci-express :) that's all I need for now. The only thing I dont want to order is Windows XP :lol: seems like a waste of $100 when I could buy a 3rd hard drive.
 

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>What happens when you try to overclock it more? Maybe theres some cooling issues?

The highest temp under load I got at 220MHz FSB (which was the highest I bothered with) was 62 degrees on the processor. I have a 5 inch fan in the back, and a 3 inch one in the front. I'm pretty sure it's not a heat problem.
 

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I hope thats not 62 C :p
Or is that not so bad? Mine only hits 50 C when I leave my fan on 1% over night at high load, 40% under load with the fan at 5%, so 62 seems high to me.
 

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That's 62C. That's not unreasonable for an Athlon 64. Most will idle around 35-40C
 
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