ATTN: Skt 754 Club/Crew

CRXican

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I know this isn't the motherboard form but I figured you guys could help me out. I had the Socket 754 Shuttle model SN85G4 until the mobo committed suicide.

Now I'm just looking for the best ATX Socket 754 motherboard on the market that is readily avaliable. I know the DFI is popular but I don't have an interest in overclocking. What are you guys using that you like?
 

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I have the DFI Lanparty UT and it works great overlcoked and stock :)

BTW when i saw pictures of your shuttle in the SFF Gallery I was looking into geting the same model that you have but then saw your post about it stop working and i decide to keep my Lian Li and Lanparty :cool:
 

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i have the mentioned above, and my brother has gigabyte Gak8ns also with nforce3 250 chipset.

both rock solid and have overclocking ability if u like. not as much as DFI probaly.

but both great. and CHEAP under $60 now i believe.
 

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the DFI lanparty nf3 250gb is the best socket 754 motherboard you can get.

not much could make it better. maybe better volt regulation...
 

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Yes, the Chaintech board is just as good, well, very close, and it's quite a bit cheaper.
 

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Thanks, I appreciate the input. I thought I had an Abit mobo picked out but realized it's not too easy to find now.

I'll explore the Chaintech board again as I'm pretty sure I came across it in my searching.

And to Volkswagen, my two previous Shuttles were awesome, no problem. I'm not so sure what happened but I know what ever killed the motherboard should not have happened, I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary.

I will no longer reccomend Shuttles however as their support stinks and you can't simply buy a replacement mobo. I'll just have to get used to the ATX size.

::edit::

is this the Chaintech mobo you're referring to:?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813152043
 

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the Vnf3 250, only thing i can think of that might have killed ur motherboard is not grounded? did u use all the risers? and put a screw in every hole on mobo.

my brothers first build with the gigabyte that happend from what we know, there was also a power surge, so one of the two did it.other than that maybe static elec. never happen to me yet. (knock on wood) i touch outer casing and metal to draw any static b4 touching anything.
 

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dwilson041781 said:
the Vnf3 250, only thing i can think of that might have killed ur motherboard is not grounded? did u use all the risers? and put a screw in every hole on mobo.

my brothers first build with the gigabyte that happend from what we know, there was also a power surge, so one of the two did it.other than that maybe static elec. never happen to me yet. (knock on wood) i touch outer casing and metal to draw any static b4 touching anything.
Shuttles come with the motherboard pre-installed. The machine was working great until my hard drive started having issues. I put in another hard drive and re-installed windows, worked fine and I did so without the ethernet cable plugged in. I shut down the system from the Windows desktop and plugged in the ethnernet cable as I knew I would have to do the Windows activation bit. Hit the power button, BIOS started, then for a split second some message popped up about LAN, too fast to read. The system re-booted itself after that but no more signal to the monitor. Despite switching ram, vid card, booting with hard drvie and optical drive disconnected, no more BIOS. I became more certain the mobo died when I realized it was no longer powering my MX Duo receiver. Sad story.
 

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Yashu said:
the DFI lanparty nf3 250gb is the best socket 754 motherboard you can get.

not much could make it better. maybe better volt regulation...

I disagree.


The DFI Infinity nF4x is better. nForce4 + 754 + DFI's OC'ing = <3
 

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I like my DFI nf3 250gb because of the onboard features. 4 sata ports, excellent (IMO) onboard audio, etc etc. My only complaint is the lack of a 2nd onboard ethernet port.

The only competition at the time was one of the MSI offerings. The problem at the time was an inadequate PCI lock. I picked DFI over MSI.

Robberbaron, the NF4x might be a better offering, but the OP has a shuttle with an AGP slot.

+1 for the DFI ut nf3 250gb. Its been rock solid for me.
 

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robberbaron said:
I disagree.

The DFI Infinity nF4x is better. nForce4 + 754 + DFI's OC'ing = <3

That probably is the best 754 socket board but most people going with a 754 probably aren't going pci-e also.




Another vote for the DFI UT NF3 250GB. I had it in my rig untill recently (I just sold my system) and loved it. Even if your not overclocking it's a solid board and has tons of stuff on it. A little pricey at $100 but worth it unless your on a tight budget.
 

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robberbaron said:
I disagree.


The DFI Infinity nF4x is better. nForce4 + 754 + DFI's OC'ing = <3

QFT. May as well upgrade to PCI-e while you have the chance. What video card do you have? Anything AGP less than a 6800GT isn't worth keeping.
 

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I should have mentioned the whole AGP thing. And my AGP card does happen to be a 6800GT. The only game I've played recently is BF2 and it works fine with my current hardware, not looking to upgrade to PCI-e.

Normally I'd spend on the best but I've finally convinced myself that I don't need top of the line for my uses. Hence, the 754 platform and AGP. I have the 3700+ Clawhammer, def not out of style if you ask me.
 

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if you arent going to do much overclocking the MSI neo plat. is a good one, i've had no issued out of mine(other than a bad bios from MSI), i'd be willing to sell you one, as i plan on going to pci-e
 

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pstang said:
if you arent going to do much overclocking the MSI neo plat. is a good one, i've had no issued out of mine(other than a bad bios from MSI), i'd be willing to sell you one, as i plan on going to pci-e
Thanks for the offer but I'm going the retail route this time.

I'm stuck with my dead Shuttle because I can't get the invoice from the deadbeat original owner despite asking for it weeks ago.

Do any of you know if the Zalman 7000B-AlCu will fit ok on the Chaintech? If not what do you reccomend?
 

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The DFI is the hands down choice for overclocking, but the MSI I had performed quite a bit better at stock.
 

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CRXican said:
I intend on getting a new SATA HD for this setup. I'm going to get the Chaintech mobo as I like the price and really won't OC. Will the following HD be compatable? I'm asking because I know the mobo is older and this drive is "the new hotness"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701

Thanks again

::edit::

the XP-90 should fit with this mobo too right?

The hard drive shouldn't be a problem and I haven't seen a socket 754 or 939 board that the XP-90 wouldn't fit. The XP-120 is another story. ;)

Edit: I take that back. Apparently the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra s939 motherboard has a problem with the XP-90 and the Gigabyte and Asrock backplates are different ($3 fix). Here's the link.
 

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Roberty said:
The hard drive shouldn't be a problem and I haven't seen a socket 754 or 939 board that the XP-90 wouldn't fit. The XP-120 is another story. ;)

Edit: I take that back. Apparently the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra s939 motherboard has a problem with the XP-90 and the Gigabyte and Asrock backplates are different ($3 fix). Here's the link.
Thanks, I'll go with the XP-90. I'm just worried about the older Chaintech motherboard being able to run the HD at it's full potential. What is Serial ATA II compared to just Serial ATA?

::Edit::
nevemind, looks like SATA II isn't all that great, I'm going to look for a cheaper SATA drive
 
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