I am building my own computer for the first time and I dont know what motherboard I should go with. I have an Intel Pentium 4 Processor 540J LGA775. Im looking for something that isnt to expensive. I was considering the ASUS P5GDC-V DELUXE ATX Intel Motherboard. What would be the best choice? Also if you could give me some advice on good but inexpensive memory it would be a big help. Thanks.
I'm extremely impressed by ASUS's P5GDC-V motherboard. As a 915 based motherboard it comes with all of the features that you would expect from a "Deluxe" motherboard and includes the extras you don't expect.
Performance wise, this board surprised me a little bit, taking the performance crown in Quake 3 and being extremely near the top of the line including against the Intel 925 boards. I attribute this to the cool temperatures and slightly overclocked CPU by default using AI Proactive enabled (normal CPU speed during the testing was 3412MHz a 12 MHz overclock by default).
The only caveat I have in recommending this board is that this chipset doesn't support the 1066MHz FSB CPUs. You need a 925XE board for them. For the 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 Prescott's and Extreme Editions, the P5GDC-V is a good fit that doesn't cost the $300 that some of the ASUS Premium products garner. The lowest price I found was on MWAVE for $154 on this board.
Look like a good board, im not really up to dat on the 915 chipset!