Finding the right motherboard

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mike090, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. mike090 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    i want to build my own computer, I already know what I need, but i don't what motherboard I should buy..
    If anyone could help I would be appreciated

    I want a motherboard that has:
    support up to 4 gigs of RAM
    4 SATA connectors to connect 4 hard drives
    ability to add 2 CD/DVD drives


    Thanks!
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Try a site that cares about PC's. You can't build a Mac.

    jW
     
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    most motherboards have those things, the most important thing is that if its compatabile with the type of RAM your using? DDR2, DDR3?

    What socket is your processor? L775? AMD?

    SATA (more than 2 years old) or ESATA (new) connections for those hard drives?

    CD/DVD drives use SATA connections.
     
  4. mike090 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's DDR2 memory, from my iMac, because i changed it so i'm taking advantage of the 1 giga I took.
    The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo and aout the hard drives, I own 2 that are SATA so I rather use SATA the ESATA...

    I saw this case http://www.xoxide.com/clearacatxca.html and i'm thinking about buying it.. Will i be able to connect as many hard drives and 5.25" drives as the case supports?

    Thanks.

    PS-I'm going to build a windows PC, and the sell it!
     
  5. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    No, most motherboards dont take more than 6 SATA ports, which means a max of 6 devices, and the best one i could find for you is here

    http://www.dabs.com/productview.asp...de=1&NavigationKey=11143,4294951907,405070000

    Its going to cost you quite a lot ($300) but you should try shopping around

    You need an ATX motherboard, which supports DDR2 RAM, Processor Socket 775 and 6-8 SATA ports, which are quite hard to find.
     
  6. mike090 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok... And one that can support 4 SATA ports, how much will it cost me?

    Thanks for the help
     
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  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Won't work - it has gma3000 video (unless you want to add video card).

    Best bet is to search the osx86 hcl and stick with Asus or Gigabyte mobos.
     
  9. mike090 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You should visit the insanelymac.com forums. That's the place to be for what you want to do.
     

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