My motherboard is failing so I need a new one. Obviously I will not be able to use my memory (SDRAM) so I will also need new RAM. I have been advised that I should get a new PSU as well to ensure stability (one guy said that the +12V rail must have be >=20A).
I have not made a major computer purchase in a few years so I am no longer current on who makes what. I need some advice on what to get. I need to know which manufacturer to go with and what model if possible. And what’s with all this “chipset” stuff?
I would like to use my current CPU until I can afford to get a new one, this means that I am looking for a socket 478 motherboard. Is the 478 limiting? Is it obsolete? Can I get away with it for a few more years? Of course price is an object, especially since I need to get RAM (not many options here right?) and a PSU, but mobos aren’t too badâ€”right?
I’ll list the features I need, the ones I’d prefer and like, and the ones I’m guessing I’ll have to take (unless there’s a better soln).
IDE 133 (as many connectors as possible)
USB 2.0 (as many ports as possible)
DDR 400 (PC3200)
RAID (as many connectors as possible)
Onboard POST LED
BIOS PwrOn pwd (must type password on keyboard to power system on)
4+ PCI slots
4+ RAM slots (4GB+ supported)
Onboard sound 5.1/7.1 (any particular kind is better?)
Onboard NIC (any particular kind is better?)
SATA (as many connectors as possible)
FireWire (as many ports as possible)
Does anyone know what motherboard would fit these best? What manufacturer should I go with? There are so bloody many these days, each with numerous models. I’ve heard good and bad things about some of them which certainly helps.
I need to order it ASAP so I would really appreciate ANY advice you can give me.
Thanks a lot.