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    Some of you may have helped me before in my other self build thread. I was originally intending to buy this motherboard, from Overclockers. However it appears they've stopped selling it and so have eBuyer.

    Can anyone reccommend another motherboard that has the same specs for roughly the same price? Preferably from OCUK.

    These are the other specs of my build:

    Case - CA-012-TT - Thermaltake Tsunami Dream - £59.95
    PSU - CA-030-AN - Antec True Power II 430W - £44.95
    Motherboard - MB-032-GI - Gigabyte nForce4 - £57.95
    CPU - CP-118-AM - AMD (Venice) Athlon 64bit 3200+ - £91.95
    Graphics - GX-056-XF - XFX GeForce 6800GS - £119.95
    Memory - MY-062-CS - Corsair 1024MB - £46.95
    Soundcard - SC-034-CL - Creative XFi Xtreme Music Experience
    TV Card - GX-024-HA - Haupauge Nova-T - £33.95
    Hard Drive - HD-058-SE - Seagate Barracuda 250GB - £54.95 x2
    DVD-RW - CD-033-LG - LG Black - £22.95
    Floppy Drive - HD-002-MI - Mitsumi 7 in 1 card reader - £12.95
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    Gigabyte K8N SLi nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-040-GI) for £10 more gets you an SLi board which looks pretty much the same

    Asus A8N5X nForce4 (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-120-AS) looks practically identical for about £1 more but has a chipset fan, not sure if that was one of the reasons for looking at the Gigabyte?
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    I'm not bothered about SLi, what benefits does the chipset fan give. I hadn't noticed.
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    Benefits = slightly cooler chipset (the Gigabyte ones apparently run hot, but that isn't an issue unless you're in to overclocking)

    Disadvantages = could be noisy/get noisy in the future

    There are very few motherboards without a chipset fan on now unfortunately, the majority are in favour of small heatsinks with fans on as the chips run pretty warm and there's limited space for larger heatsinks.
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    Chipset fans just add noise, I'd stick with the board you listed there.

    Change the Barracudas for Samsung Spinpoints (quieter, and just as quick).

    Also, I'd change the LG drive to a Pioneer 111.
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    (Original post by sr4470)
    Chipset fans just add noise, I'd stick with the board you listed there.

    Change the Barracudas for Samsung Spinpoints (quieter, and just as quick).

    Also, I'd change the LG drive to a Pioneer 111.
    I had Samsungs, then someone told me to change to Seagates!

    The drive change is fair enough as I think they've stopped that too, and also the graphics card. Grrrr!
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    (Original post by Melchett)
    I had Samsungs, then someone told me to change to Seagates!

    The drive change is fair enough as I think they've stopped that too, and also the graphics card. Grrrr!
    Seagate may have a longer warranty but the noise gives me a headache (everything else in my PC is quiet).

    As for graphics, get an X800GTO 256MB (ideally the higher clocked versions).
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    I can't afford any more than the £120 there already, can you post a clicky?
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    (Original post by Melchett)
    I can't afford any more than the £120 there already, can you post a clicky?
    Actually the Powercolor X800XL on this page would be good:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...k_Only_25.html

    £82.19.
 
 
 
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