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BroncoBuff
05-07-2009, 06:44 PM
Long story short - due to a minor settlement with MSI, my friend can choose any motherboard they make as compensation for a problem she had.

She's sure she wants Pentium not AMD, I'm helping her, but I don't fully understand the difference between Core Duo and Core Quad. Quad sounds intuitively better, but seems to cost less ... WTF ???

Which MB does she want?

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_list.asp?class=mb&cpu=1#Intel1366

It'd be nice if audio was on board ... video too if possible.

She has 2 gigs of 3200 RAM, that's not gonna work with anything though, right?

broncosteven
05-07-2009, 07:41 PM
The Quad board may be cheaper but the CPU may cost more.

I would go with the core 2 dual unless she is running server.

I have had great luck with the NEO series.

broncosteven
05-07-2009, 07:42 PM
Long story short - due to a minor settlement with MSI, my friend can choose any motherboard they make as compensation for a problem she had.

She's sure she wants Pentium not AMD, I'm helping her, but I don't fully understand the difference between Core Duo and Core Quad. Quad sounds intuitively better, but seems to cost less ... WTF ???

Which MB does she want?

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_list.asp?class=mb&cpu=1#Intel1366

It'd be nice if audio was on board ... video too if possible.

She has 2 gigs of 3200 RAM, that's not gonna work with anything though, right?


Audio is onboard my NEO2 board.

Video, she will probably have to buy a PCI-express video card unless her old one had one.

New ram will be needed.

BroncoBuff
05-07-2009, 07:47 PM
muchas gracias ..... Dual Core it is!

Los Broncos
05-08-2009, 12:34 AM
How many megs of cache does the dual core have?

Ratboy
05-08-2009, 12:58 AM
Have her get an x58 board and then tell her to buy a Core i7 cpu.

She will be happy, broke, but happy.

Ratboy
05-08-2009, 01:02 AM
Buff, does she already have a CPU? If so, just match it up.

Most mobo's will have onboard audio. As for video, I didn't even think they made those anymore.

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=P35_Neo-F&class=mb - Mixed reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209 - RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130297 - VC

watermock
05-08-2009, 01:15 AM
I figued out awhile back that puters are disposable.

My only regret is I only got 1 gb of ram with this 1.

Core 2 is so nice.

It's funny, I spent 1800 dollars on a 200 pentium with a 2gbHD and 8 mb of ram.

BroncoBuff
05-08-2009, 11:16 AM
Buff, does she already have a CPU? If so, just match it up.
No, she's gonna get the MB with the CPU in mind, if you follow that ... why do you recommend the MB with "mixed reviews"?


Most mobo's will have onboard audio. As for video, I didn't even think they made those anymore.
Yeah, thanks.

Is 1066 bus speed worth the money, or is 800 gonna do it?

She's not a gamer.

BroncoBuff
05-08-2009, 11:20 AM
What's the difference between

Intel socket 775 and 1366?

Ratboy
05-08-2009, 11:48 AM
What's the difference between

Intel socket 775 and 1366?

1366 will end up being more expensive in the long run. They are for the Core I7 chipset, which start out at like $275 on new egg.

Socket 775 will give you a wide range of CPU's to choose from, instead of the 3-4 Core I7's.

She will be happy with a Socket 775 Mobo.

You can build a cheap machine for daily use. Most of the parts will cost less than $100 each.