So the computer gods once again decided to smite me. The Abit motherboard I had which was built around the nVidia 590SLi chipset kicked the bucket the other day. Well, ok, so the network ports were all that kicked the bucket. The rest of the board continued to function ok, but since I spend most of my time on the internet that just wasn't going to work. With only one PCI slot occupied by my sound card it wasn't possible to install a PCI network card. And I wasn't going to deal with a flaky motherboard any longer. The first port died 2 months after I bought it. The second port took over and was working fine until it suddenly just turned crappy the other night.

Off to shopping I went. I cruised over to and began looking through their vast selection. Vast except for the noticeable lack of anything between the $120 and $285 price range. Since I didn't want to go backwards on the board, and I didn't see much point in buying a board that was overloaded with crap I don't need ( My god, they include wi-fi on board now?!?! ) I ended up over at instead. I was still unable to find an adequate socket AM2 board other than those that supported the quad-core Phenom. So yeah. You guessed it. I decided to make the move now rather than wait for things to settle. Out with the old, in with the new: Phenom 9600 Black edition, MSI K9A2 Platinum board. I was able to carry the RAM over since I apparently bought DDR2 1066 the last time around. Go me.

I must say, I'm quite impressed. The new board went in slick as snot. After some brief BIOS tweaks, I popped in my XP SP2 CD and booted up. A mere 6 minutes later, including all prompting and reboots, I was at the desktop. Simply amazing. Not one single issue to report during the process. That has to be about the smoothest, fastest motherboard/cpu swap I've ever done. Once the system was booted the drivers for the board installed without a hitch. That's more than I can say for the nVidia drivers on the old board. So now all that remains is to reinstall all my junk and I'll be off and running.

The only real problem I can see is that I'm using an nVidia graphics card and this board is using the AMD 790FX chipset which was built by ATI. So the board only supports ATI Crossfire. No nVidia SLi in my future. But then, is that really such a bad thing when I've got no intentions of using more than one GPU anyway? Over all, even though all I've got on there is the OS and some data, things are noticeably faster. It defies logic, but it's there.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jan 23, 2008 12:38 pm by Samson in: | 2 comment(s) [Closed]
Gratz on the upgraded motherboard and the bonus speed bump. :)

"Resistance is futile." - The Borg.


"Oh .. my .. god" - Some random person from a disaster film.

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