Upgrading: Need advice on P4, Mboard and Ram

I am upgrading from a Slot 1 p3 650 with 256 PC100 Sdram, I am leaning towards Intel’s chipsets because they have been very durable to me in the past and I plan on using the Pentium 5 technology when it arrives. I need advice on what is a solid durable Mother Board, that has the ability to run the P5’s when they arrive and can also use up 3GB of the DDR ram. I have looked on pricewatch.com and I have found several different companies, but I cannot decide or decifer a good board from a bad board, Please help me decide on what type of processor, I know I want atleast a 1.7ghz and atleast 512mb of ram, but I am not sure what combo to use, here is an example of a motherbaord processor combo, is this one any good:
ECSP4VXAD ,Socket 478,400MHzFSB,1AGP4X/5 PCISlots,ATA/DDRRAM ,AUDIO/LAN, with cpu - Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz W/ Fan Heatsink - ATX W/5 PCISlots

This is listed at $281, not a bad price actually, but I have the feeling that this Mboard is really generic.

I guess the main question I am asking is:

Can anyone suggest a specific Motherboard with P5 capabilities and a specific 1.7ghz processor and a specific type of ram to go with it.

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  1. here are some choicesfrom asus
    <A HREF="http://www.asus.com/products/Motherboard/index.html" target="_new">http://www.asus.com/products/Motherboard/index.html</A>
    here are some choices from gigabyte
    <A HREF="http://www.giga-byte.com/" target="_new">http://www.giga-byte.com/</A>
    here shuttles site<A HREF="http://www.spacewalker.com/english/product.htm" target="_new">http://www.spacewalker.com/english/product.htm</A>

    here is a good web site to add to your fav
    <A HREF="http://www.motherboards.org/" target="_new">http://www.motherboards.org/</A>
  2. Asus P4T-E is a good one, Abit TH7-II RAID another.

    Your choice would really depend on cost or personal preference, both are as good.

    BTW P5 was supposed to be the classic Pentium - they called it so because it was the first processor that had a <i>name</i>, and it was a fifth generation preocessor, after the 486. Dunno why intel started counting backwards and brought the P-II, then P-III then P4! Maybe P5 was just the codename (actually it was P54C, P55C etc) of the Pentium.

    As for the Pentium-5, nothing is known, all intel roadmaps show better P4s or just Itaniums.

    And probabely these better P4s will hit ~4 GHz or more someday and hopefully enjoy sitting in a mPGA478.


    <font color=red>No system is fool-proof. Fools are Ingenious!</font color=red>
  3. NO, the P54C came after the P5. The P5 was the early version Pentium 60/ Pentium 66, they were huge, used 5v, and ran VERY HOT. Whenever I come across one I remove the huge heatsinks to add to my collection.

    Back to you Tom...
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