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Which mobo for my old P4 1.7Ghz?

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November 2, 2004 1:49:37 PM

Hello,
I build a computer last year with a Intel Pentium 4, 1700 MHz, 400 FSB, Intel Socket 478. My mobo was a Soyo P4VSA, with a VIA VT8753 Apollo P4X266 chipset.

I want to upgrade to a mobo which is capable of overclocking and was looking at ASUS mobo's. What specs for the mobo should I be looking at. Will it be okay to get a mobo which is supporting Intel P4(HT) and has 800/533/400 FSB even though my current processor is not HT and has a FSb of only 400?

I am looking at two with the following specs -
ASUS "P4S800" SiS648FX Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU
Supported CPU: Intel Pentium 4(HT)/Celeron Processors
Chipset: SiS 648FX + SiS 963L
FSB: 800/533/400MHz
RAM: 3x DIMM support DDR400/333/266/200 Max 3GB(2x DIMM for DDR400/333 only)
IDE: 2x UltraDMA 133 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 8X, 5x PCI, 1 x Wi-Fi
Ports: 2xPS2,1xCOM,1xLPT,SPDIF Out,6xUSB2.0(Rear 4),1xLAN,Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: AD1980 6-Channel Codec
Onboard LAN: 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Form Factor: ATX

ASUS "P4P800 SE" i865PE Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU
Supported CPU: Intel PentiumĀ® 4/Celeron Processors(HT, Prescott Ready)
Chipset: Intel 865PE + ICH5R
FSB: 800/533/400MHz
RAM: 4x DIMM for Dual-Channel DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB(Hyper-Path)
IDE: 2x ATA 100 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 8X/4X, 5x PCI, 1x ASUS Wi-Fi
Ports: 2xPS/2, 1xLPT, 1xCOM, RCA SPDIF Out, 8xUSB2.0(Rear 4), 1xLAN, Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: ADI AD1985 6-Channel Audio
Onboard LAN: Marvell 88E8001 Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard SATA/RAID: 2 x Serial ATA by ICH5R, RAID 0/1
Form Factor: ATX

Which one would you recommend?

Thank you for your responce!!


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by rao on 11/02/04 11:06 AM.</EM></FONT></P>

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November 2, 2004 6:21:10 PM

Out of those 2 I would DEFINATLY go with the P4P800 SE. Stay away from SiS chipsets if you want any performance or ocing ability. SiS is just a cheap chipset for office computers. Check the cpu compatability list to make sure ur proc will work on it, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't but it is kind of old so support for it may have been phased out.

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November 2, 2004 10:41:25 PM

The SiS648 is not a great overclocker so I wouldnt bother with it. If I were you I would get an Abit IS7, apparently they are the best price/performance socket478 boards.
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November 2, 2004 11:51:23 PM

If you can get the Abit board, I'd go with Jammy. Abit has a good solid platform there. Getting dual channel ram will give you a 10%+ boost.
November 3, 2004 1:20:43 PM

Thanks guys.. I will look into getting an Abit board. When I was looking at newegg, came across a bunch of Abit IS7 boards, but most of them support Northwood processors. And I know my CPU is not a Northwood processor.

Thanks again.
November 3, 2004 1:42:27 PM

Is your prosessor socket 478? Because if it is the older 428 then you might as well upgrade you entire system.
November 3, 2004 1:48:09 PM

The processor is a socket 478.
November 3, 2004 3:37:49 PM

What do you guys think of the Abit BD7-RAID 2.8GHz P4 478 ATX Motherboard w/Sound?
November 3, 2004 6:51:27 PM

To be honest m8 I really dont think upgrading to that board is gonna give you a whole lot of a performance boost. The willamete core P4's dont overclock to well (2.4Ghz I think will be the absolute max you will get if you are lucky) + the willamete core only has 256KB of L2 which really cripples its performance.

If I were you I would get an abit IS7 and then try and pick up a cheap 2.4 or 2.6c of ebay. You will prob be able to overlock them to 3Ghz on air no probs.
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