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A board for 1 PCI-E slot only

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Combat squirrel, 3 Mar 2006.

  1. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Aug 2004

    Posts: 10,436

    Hello all !

    Im thinking of making the jump to PCI-E, and want to keep my ram and processor for a long time, so want to buy now as they will stop making good s939 pci-e boards when am2 is out.

    Im not interested in SLI/Crossfire, not rich enough for that! :D

    But I want an AWESOME PCI-E board, which will take 2gb ram (2x1gb OCZ) and my 3700+ that does 2.8ghz, also has to be able to fit my xp-120 on it, also want at least 3 pci slots.

    Looking around the only board I have found that looks great is the EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra (I currently have the NF3 ultra epox board, its well good), ASUS's board looks abit drab compared with it, and nothing else has caught my eye thats got 3 pci slots as well,

    thoughts and ideas people ?
     
  2. Andre

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Feb 2003

    Posts: 2,653

    Location: Deep dark hole

    Avoid the EPoX(y) board as their customer service is non-existent. If the board works, you are fine - but if it goes wrong - good luck.
     
  3. Bookime Wood

    Gangster

    Joined: 2 Jan 2006

    Posts: 175

    Location: Upgrade

    I have said this many times, I run the 9NPA, cheap, extremely stable, clocks like a trooper, 3 pci slots, 10 usb, firewire, and more etc etc, frequent bios updates, more ppl should try them.
     
  4. Mikey1280

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,526

    Location: South East London

    I also run an Epox board the 9NPA + Ultra, its a great board, can be had cheaply, good overclocking, FSB over 300 is perfectly stable, has the 3 pci slots that you wanted and anything else that you could need.
     
  5. Phoenix211

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,943

    ive got an epox 9NPA3 and its...good lol
     
  6. Andre

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Feb 2003

    Posts: 2,653

    Location: Deep dark hole

    I also have one - and it works well. I am just saying, when they go wrong, expect to bin it rather than get any help off EPoX.
     
  7. KizZ

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Aug 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    Epox are fantastic boards. The ONLY downside is their poor layout.
     
  8. Street

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Jan 2005

    Posts: 7,932

    Location: Liverpool

    Get the DFI NF4 Ultra-D. The best board I have ever owned:) Lots of BIOS options, nice and tweakable plus it looks quite cool.

    Edit: Sorry... just looked at mine and have seen its only got 2 PCI slots.
     
  9. phatboy

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Dec 2004

    Posts: 6,878

    Location: Oxfordshire

    what about this...dunno what people think of Abit boards, but my KW7 is the most stable thing i have ever used the packaged flashing software and fan EQ software is fantastic

    3 PCI's
    PCI-E
    all the bits n pieces......OCuk price = £64 +vat

    Abit KN8 Ultra nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-087-AB)
    HyperTransport technology, which delivers a 2GHz effective system bus, is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point link designed to increase the communication speed between integrated circuits in computers, servers, embedded systems, and networking and telecommunications equipment up to 48 times faster than some existing technologies.

    - NVIDIA NF4 Ultra
    - 2Hz HT
    - Dual DDR400
    - NV SATA RAID
    - NV GbE
    - NV Firewall

    Link to the ABit spec page :D
    http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/products.php?categories=1&model=285
     
  10. Six6siX

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 4,787

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Asus A8N-E Ultra

    Very stable and easy board to work with. Good price too :)
     
  11. bobc

    Associate

    Joined: 15 Jan 2005

    Posts: 8

    Location: Cork

    2nd the Asus A8N-E. Got mine on Thursday along with a X2 3800+ and a OCUK 6800GS. Result:
    CPU @ 2608Mhz
    Graphics card @ 500Mhz + 1.2Ghz mem
    Memory: 217 @ 2 2 2 8 1T (Twin Mos BH5's) 2 * 512Mb
    Opinion: Best board I've had in ages. Simple , straightforward and a performer as well.
     
  12. The B.A.

    Gangster

    Joined: 16 Mar 2006

    Posts: 114

    Location: Down the road

    Hey bobc how are you going on with your Asus and X2 3800? Still stable at 2.6? I'm looking to buy in the next day or so - still recommend it?

    Cheers
     
  13. ken1307

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Sep 2004

    Posts: 2,304

    Location: City of Rain

    How about DFI-Infinity?

    Im using one and its awesome, works with xp-120 and got 3 PCI slots too :D
     
  14. bobc

    Associate

    Joined: 15 Jan 2005

    Posts: 8

    Location: Cork

    Hi BA,

    Yep still runnin nicely at 2.6. Sitting here surfin and doing some support work (pager yawn). Asus probe reporting that CPU Temp = 30 Degrees C and Motherboard = 30 Degrees C. I got a bit ambitious with the GS and clocked it at 522Mhz and 1.22Ghz but I got a couple of lockups in IL2 so I pegged that at 500Mhz and 1.2Ghz. I left the BIOS as is at 1008, ain't broke so don't fix it.

    Suppose another indication of its stability would be the Gentoo 2006.0 install I performed last week. This includes a lot of code compilation (probably around 3 hours with KDE and GNOME) and it ran no problems whatsoever.

    Next upgrade is a PC Power and Cooling Express 510 SLI psu and a couple of Raptor 150's followed up by one of those funky Silverstone TJ07 which looks like it has been designed purely to fit my Asetek kit in.... :D
     
    Last edited: 21 Mar 2006
  15. Delvis

    Caporegime

    Joined: 7 Nov 2004

    Posts: 28,871

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    Hi there, any ideas on how noisey the chipset fan is on the A8n-e ultra?

    Cheers in advance..
     
  16. trojan698

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,484

    Location: Edinburgh

    Voting for DFI, awesome boards & well worth the money.
     
  17. Delvis

    Caporegime

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    Location: Buckinghamshire

    Hm, as above hows the chipset fan? Heard alot of these nowadays make a hell of a racket at times...
     
  18. Six6siX

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    According to what I have read, I appear to have been lucky so far in that the fan on the chipset of my board seems to be doing ok. From cold boot, it starts out quite loud but quietens down and remains there. It is still audiable though and I am considering replacing it with a zalman at some point.
     
  19. Delvis

    Caporegime

    Joined: 7 Nov 2004

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    Location: Buckinghamshire

    Ah rite cool, then again im just thinking how noisey my systems gona be anyway...with a hiper 580w psu and a x1900 xtx going off on one as well :p

    Ugh, but yea, any other choices on non-crossfire/sli boards that come to mind? Doubt ill ever use/need two Gcards...