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Leroy
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Since: 7.2.02

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I have a machine that's about 6 years old that runs Ubuntu. It's mostly a print and file server, but I'd like to start using for some other things. It's just so bloody slow that it's almost useless for anything else. I have used it for some audio production - but again, it took about 45 minutes to pump out a 1-hour stereo WAV file - way longer than my laptop.

The current processor is an AMD Athlon XP1600+ (1.05GHz) with a 500MB of RAM. I'm looking to upgrade the motherboard and the CPU (and any necessary peripherals). I'd prefer to spend no more than $400 ($300 ideally) for everything I need to upgrade, as there's no guarantee it will be too much more than a server.

Anyway, I looked around NewEgg and TigerDirect, but I kind of threw up my hands. I'm really not sure what would be a good replacement.

If possible, I'd like a motherboard that supports an IEEE 1394 interface. I have a Firewire PCI card that's never worked.

For what it's worth, I've replaced the hard drive, and the power supply. And I am not interested in buying a new machine - even if that would be "easier" in the long run. All important stuff is backed up on a USB drive, so reinstalling the OS isn't an issue.

Anyway, any help will be most appreciated.

Edit: Would something like this be a good purchase?

(edited by Leroy on 23.7.07 2218)


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Since: 14.1.02
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A few quick questions Mr. Leroy;


- What kind of memory do you have, and will it be compatible with the new board?

- There is no onboard video. Do you have a spare video card (which is compatible with the board)?

- Processing power.....how much do you need? I ask because you can find Celeron D procs for a VERY decent price....and unlike the old Celerons they are actually quite nice. If you're doing audio post-production you can get by with the Celeron D (at least I have been).



I ask these questions because if your six year old parts aren't compatible....and if you're looking at doing complex and intensive things.....then you're in for a lot more than just the proc and the motherboard.


The board you picked out is decent. From what I can see;

PRO'S:
- No onboard video (no chance of conflicts).
- Firewire port built in.
- Lots of yummy SATA connections.
- As PS2 connections.
- A nice assortment of PCI slots.
- 8 gigs of max memory


CONS:

- No onboard video (in case something happens to you video card....plus video cards cost money).
- One IDE slot. A lot of hardware still use IDE....especially optical drives.
- Only one 16x PCI slot.

UNKNOWN:

- Does the board support raid?


If the following is true than I reccomend the board in question (or a simlar board);

- Your memory is compatible.
- You have a spare video card.
- You do not need to overclock or run SLI/Crossfire (either now or in the future).


Hope this helps....



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
    Originally posted by El Nastio
    A few quick questions Mr. Leroy;


    - What kind of memory do you have, and will it be compatible with the new board?


Probably not. I am assuming the answer is "No".


    Originally posted by El Nastio
    There is no onboard video. Do you have a spare video card (which is compatible with the board)?


No on board video. I use a video card, which I had to replace when I was running XP on this machine. I'm assuming this video card will still work. (I don't have the specs handy, but I can get them).


    Originally posted by El Nastio
    Processing power.....how much do you need? I ask because you can find Celeron D procs for a VERY decent price....and unlike the old Celerons they are actually quite nice. If you're doing audio post-production you can get by with the Celeron D (at least I have been).


I don't need a TON of processor power. But I'd like for this to be a significant upgrade.


    Originally posted by El Nastio
    I ask these questions because if your six year old parts aren't compatible....and if you're looking at doing complex and intensive things.....then you're in for a lot more than just the proc and the motherboard.


Really, my goal is to simply upgrade the functionality of the current machine (mostly server applications), while making it less painful to use for audio and other things.

    Originally posted by El Nastio
    The board you picked out is decent. From what I can see;

    PRO'S:
    - No onboard video (no chance of conflicts).
    - Firewire port built in.
    - Lots of yummy SATA connections.
    - As PS2 connections.
    - A nice assortment of PCI slots.
    - 8 gigs of max memory


    CONS:

    - No onboard video (in case something happens to you video card....plus video cards cost money).
    - One IDE slot. A lot of hardware still use IDE....especially optical drives.
    - Only one 16x PCI slot.

    UNKNOWN:

    - Does the board support raid?


    If the following is true than I reccomend the board in question (or a simlar board);

    - Your memory is compatible.
    - You have a spare video card.
    - You do not need to overclock or run SLI/Crossfire (either now or in the future).


    Hope this helps....


This does help. Even if the memory isn't compatible, I think it'll still be within the price range in which I was hoping to keept this little project.

Thank you so much.




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Since: 2.2.04
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The board there looks fine for what you're talking about. But I'm still not a fan of the Celeron line, and since you're well below your price range I would consider spending the extra for at least a Pentium D if not a Core 2 Duo. You can pick up the latter for around $120, and the former for $60.

Other thing to pay attention to is your power supply connection. That motherboard has the now standard 24 pin connection, but they still sell power supplies with the older 20 pin. You can get an adapter, just something to be aware of so you don't start the install and then realize you need something else.

DDR2 memory can be had for relatively cheap these days so you should be easily able to fit it all in under you price max.
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Since: 14.1.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.22
    Originally posted by wmatistic
    The board there looks fine for what you're talking about. But I'm still not a fan of the Celeron line, and since you're well below your price range I would consider spending the extra for at least a Pentium D if not a Core 2 Duo.


I wasn't either, but I took the gamble that two crappy processors put togetehr would form a decent one....and I was right =)

Of course if you (Leroy) CAN afford it, get the Core Duo because it really is a nice proc.



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