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    Help with choosing m/b & cpu

    I'm looking at buying a MicroATX m/b with CPU (roughly 1.8GHz). I'm in Australia, so i've found it easier to buy from overseas. Would you guys say this is a good combo & price:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...2000&CatId=188

    Can anyone suggest an online store and a package with MicroATX m/b for a cheap price PLEASE?!

    My newbie question is, what does it mean when a motherboard is Socket A/370/478/754, etc? Does it matter what i get?

    Thanks for your help in advance guys.

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    Just a few thoughts on this, I would probably stay away from the amd processors for a car computer, they tend to run quite a bit hotter than the intel processors. If you look around you can find some pretty cheap parts. I got a foxconn mobo(they just started selling stuff under their own name) for about $70 with onboard everything. I picked up a celeron 2.4 for it for $75 or so, if I remember right the 1.8 was about $50, but for that little money I figured some processing power would be nice. I got my stuff from www.pcclub.com, they seem to have a pretty good selection of microatx parts.

    You'll probably want to go with socket a/478. 478 is the common p4/celeron. socket a is the general amd chips

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    Thanks for that!

    I've had a look at pcclub.com, and i assume the mobo you bought was the Foxconn 661M03-G-6EL Motherboard which is advertised for $65.99?! Is that a micro board or regular size?

    Are you happy with your combo? If it is infact a micro board, i'll probably buy that one and a 1.8 celeron.

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    I just found this, and it looks to be the goods! It's a ASUS P4V533-MX Socket 478 mobo.

    Here is a link:

    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/maincomp/asp4skfsmo.html

    Seems like a good price. The only thing is, what is uATX? Is that still micro size? What do you guys think about ASUS mobo in terms of effeciency and general incar use? Worth the price?

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    I don't know much about using anything in a car, but hey. That is the foxconn board I've got, its been great so far(although only assembled for a little over a week. I've never really heard of any major probelms with asus boards as far as regular use goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tha Hombre
    I just found this, and it looks to be the goods! It's a ASUS P4V533-MX Socket 478 mobo.

    Here is a link:

    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/maincomp/asp4skfsmo.html

    Seems like a good price. The only thing is, what is uATX? Is that still micro size? What do you guys think about ASUS mobo in terms of effeciency and general incar use? Worth the price?
    ASUS makes a rock solid mobo. That's the model I plan to get and that's a damn good price - thanks for the link. Add a 1.8 Celeron and you'll have a nice carpc.

    The 'u' in uATX is supposed to be the Greek letter that looks like that. It means 'micro'.
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    What a *****. Just realised when i tried to order that i can't order for Australia. Damn, why can't they send internationally!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by forum
    Just a few thoughts on this, I would probably stay away from the amd processors for a car computer, they tend to run quite a bit hotter than the intel processors...

    ... I picked up a celeron 2.4 ......

    You'll probably want to go with socket a/478. 478 is the common p4/celeron. socket a is the general amd chips
    ...and a bigger thought as well, if you can afford for a few couple more bucks then buy pentium cpu's, it generates less heat than celeron good for this f@#$% summer heat plus you'll get better memory cache for those cpu intensive activities like winamp viz.

    tha hombre, why don't you try ebay.com.au ? i just bought my 3rd mobo, a microatx plus cpu for $60 and i'll receive it in monday. buying something overseas are less attractive after you've calculated the shipping cost, it's sometime more than the price of the item itself. i could give you some aussie websites if you want to (had to gather it)

    i favor intel or asus mobo but i would'nt say asus makes a rock solid mobo tho, sorry but just like any other mobo, had several problems with it in the past, even tho only less than others. i had built and customized comp setup for years and had came to the conclusion that even 2 computer with the same brand and same specs will never be the same 'cause other one will be faster, or the other one will have a faulty components somewhere. it's really difficult to accept but it is the fact of life that only by luck you'll get an almost crash proof mobo.

    lastly, always think of efficiency in a car setup. what's the use of powering up 1-3ghz cpu with massive hdd's and amps if your car could'nt handle it? just look at my setup... with just a little tweaking you can get a decent setup with more power to spare for other car acc. such as ac, headlights, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tha Hombre
    What a *****. Just realised when i tried to order that i can't order for Australia. Damn, why can't they send internationally!!
    try to search other online shops, there are some in US, that send internationally
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