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i want to by a motherboard??????????

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what should i look for
when i am bying a motherboard?
can you explain me what is
(x2)AGP,PCI,ISA ...?
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For a start, what processor where you considering using? This is a prime factor in motherboard selection.
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The final decision is yours in terms of what MB to buy.  Judging from your questions about expansion and video slots, you should choose one that gives you built in video and audio.  There are many to choose from and the majority of them are quite good.  The combination boards are nice because you don’t have to worry about expansion slots for your soundboard or the AGP socket for your video board because it’s built in.  Reliability on most are high but as a security blanket, always pay with a credit card that offers free extended warranty on purchases.  If you have 1-year factory warranty, a credit card warranty will extend it to one additional year.  You also want to buy from a source that will offer you good, responsive tech support in case you get into a technical snag.

Here are a few suggestions to help you with your shopping:

Here’s a site you can check out for a wide selection.  Their prices are good too.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/TigerSystems/pccomponents.asp

This site shows Pine MB’s.  They’re good boards.  Of course there are many others as well.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/TigerSystems/motherboards.asp

(x2)AGP, PCI, ISA...?

X2AGP is a high performance graphics card socket.  It’s quite common on most new MB’s today.  Don’t be without it.  PCI and ISA are expansion slots for plug in adapter cards.  ISA is old and many newer MB’s may not have them anymore, no loss to you.  PCI is common.

As far as processors, you can pay extra money for Pent II, Pent III, but Celeron give a big bang for you dollar and it’s much cheaper.  The only downside is lack of caching memory which means it’s a little slower when it comes to games and programs like CAD that do major number crunching.  The AMD K6 is also very popular and fast.  It’s good for games and it a lot less expensive than PII or PII’s.  Check this site’s K6-2. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/TigerSystems/motherboards.asp
It’s a good value.  It’ll handle up to 500 MHZ for K6-2.  There’s another MB that’ll handle up to 300 MHZ for $20 less.

The choice is yours.
If your still not too comfortable with a do it yourself system, I'd strongly suggest letting a professional build it for you.  That way it's warranted and you've got someone to get your hands on when things don't work.  And trust me, that day will come.
Good luck.
Hank
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