I just want a good straightforward board that will teach me the ways of computes, but not school me at it............
After doing tons of homework on building a computer for the first time I have a few things set-the case, vga, psu, optical drives etc. however, the ram cpu and motherboard decisions have been giving me tons of trouble and like Kerry I keep flip flopping damnit! I want an x2 cpu so am either going to get the 3800+ and OC it (but am totally terrified of doing that since even if I do a mild OC I will have to mess with voltages and ram and fsb crap which despite hours of reading I still don't fully get) or the 4200 which I will leave at stock.
I like the Lanparty boards because everyone says they are reliable and generally can just do a lot, and there is great tech help for em on forums like street. BUT Are they really user friendly boards?? I read these are not 'plug and play' boards, which I interpret as spending hours and hours trying to get my floppy disk read, or my cpu recognized, or ram to its proper settings....something I don't have the knowledge to set right much less tweak.
I like the Lanparty UT Ultra-D, would you recomend that to a noob building a computer for the first time? Or honestly would you recomend another board that is easier to use, like say the epox 9npa+ or some asus a8n board?
I think I might want to try and OC a 3800+ to a 4200+ spec (200mhz more) would a noob be able to pull that off with basic corsair low latency ram (2-3-3-6 timings, model Twinx2048-3200c2pt) and a bit more research? Since I think lower latency ram is better than higher timings but faster ram...at that point it gets really confusing for me and complicated.
I just want a mobo that I will understand, and might allow me to do some minor OCing. Is the Ultra D the board for me?