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jondecker76

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Motherboard recomendations/advice
« on: August 06, 2008, 02:52:16 pm »
I've decided to get a new motherboard, as my M2NPV-VM has been giving me fits with network drops, raid crashes, lockups, etc. I have spend a lot of time looking through the wiki and I also wanted to get experiences and opinions on some of the boards I'm looking at - as well as suggestions of other boards.

To keep things as cheap as possible, the folowing criteria is what I'm aiming for:
-As much as possible on-board both to keep cost down and keep expansion slots free (onboard video, audio,lan,etc)
-I would like 6 SATA ports. In the past, 4 ports has limited my on-board software RAID to about 2GB as Raid5. I would like to grow this, as well as have a hot spare.
-Many PCI slots. I would like more than 2 PCI slots - its just so limiting
-Socket AM2 so I can re-use my BE-2400 processor
-ATX and MicroATX form factors are fine - i have plenty of room

Here are the boards I am looking at:
Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe
Pros:
  • 6 SATA Ports
  • 3 PCI slots
  • Dual on-board gigabit
  • Digital Audio Out
  • Has been reported as stable with LinuxMCE
Cons:
  • No onboard video (though this is somewhat negated by the dual gigabit lan and plenty of expansion slots)
  • Reports of ASCPI issues in the wiki (but others report not having the issues)
  • Asus product (after my M2NPV-VM experience, i'm not sure if I want another ASUS product)

Abit A-N78HD
Pros:
  • 6 SATA ports
  • Onboard Gigabit Lan
  • Onboard Geforce 8200[\li]
Cons:
  • Untested with LinuxMCE
  • 2 PCI Slots
  • Appears to have no optical audio header
  • Unsure about onboard Geforce 8200 with LMCE

Abit AN78GS
Pros:
  • 6 SATA Ports
  • 3 PCI SLots
  • Onboard Geforce 8200
  • Onboard gigabit lan

Cons:
  • Untested with LMCE
  • Unsure if it has optical audio header. I see it has a coax though...
  • Unsure about stability/performance of onboard geforce 8200 with LMCE


Also - As I've never changed out a motherboard under LMCE - will it require a full reinstall, our should the hardware changes detect automatically?

Thanks for any help tips and advice

jondecker76

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008, 11:48:04 pm »
Couldn't wait any longer. Just ordered the Asus m2N-SLI Deluxe and an NVidia 7300 256MB 128 bit graphics card to replace my failing motherboard. I'll have to do a writeup when I install it this weekend.

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2008, 11:51:17 pm »
How's the new motherboard?  I'm trying to make a decision myself.

Thanks!

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2008, 12:58:12 am »
its here and very nicely built. I'm going to wait to switch it out though - I got the old one somewhat straightened out. I think next weekend I'll have a go at swapping out the boards.

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2008, 03:41:23 pm »
ive had great succes with my m2n-sli plus board. you shouldn't have any probs.  Was gonna tell you about the m3n78-vm that's the one im gonna try out next.  Builtin HDMI, surround sound vga and dvi, only 4 sata though.  GL

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2008, 04:10:40 pm »
ive had great succes with my m2n-sli plus board. you shouldn't have any probs.  Was gonna tell you about the m3n78-vm that's the one im gonna try out next.  Builtin HDMI, surround sound vga and dvi, only 4 sata though.  GL

 
 Do a search on that board here in the forums, I have one running as an MD and I have spent a number of hours testing it in every way possible. I have replace the onboard video with an 8500gt and I replaced the nic with an Intel pcie and I have replaced the on-board sound with a x-plosion 7.1 as I could get none of the other onboard stuff to work. There maybe workarounds for the above issues but with all the changes I tried and made it is solid as an MD this way.

 Dave

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2008, 04:14:40 pm »
thanx for the heads up, guess i won't be trying that one then.   :(

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2008, 04:02:45 am »
Are we saying then the m2n-sli delux is working well for Jon, but the m2n-sli plus is a different board and caused Dave lots of problems?

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Re: Motherboard recomendations/advice
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2008, 12:09:20 pm »
Are we saying then the m2n-sli delux is working well for Jon, but the m2n-sli plus is a different board and caused Dave lots of problems?

 Colin,

 NO The M2n-SLi Deluxe is perfect and works great in my case, The board I am saying is a pain is the Asus M3N78-VM as that is what technoobie mentioned in his post as wanting too purchase.

 Dave