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Mainboard recommendation for P4, Northwood CPU

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January 23, 2006 11:19:49 PM

I currently have the following CPU as reported by cpuz:

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Name Intel Pentium 4
Code name Northwood
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz
Family/Model/Stepping F29
Extended Family/Model 0/0
Brand ID 9
Package mPGA-478
Core Stepping D1
Technology 0.13µ
Instructions Sets MMX, SSE, SSE2
Features
Clock Speed 3398.3 MHz
Clock multiplier x17.0
Front Side Bus Frequency 199.9 MHz
Bus Speed 799.6 MHz
Stock frequency 3400 MHz
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My current mainboard does not support PCI-E slots which I need so I can upgrade to an nVidia based 7800-GTX based graphics card.

I would like recommedations on a mainboard for which I can insert this CPU .

Also, I found an article on Microsoft's site on how to upgrade my Windows for use with a new motherboard. Has anyone done that? Is it fairly painless? I intend to backup important files before I do anything, but I was wondering if it an fairly painless procedure. I have worked inside my PC before and have built one from parts, but I'm no expert and haven't upgraded just a mainboard before.

Any pointers would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Chris
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January 24, 2006 5:37:13 AM

The asus p4gd1 is the board you need, but nobody stocks it. I suggest a cpu upgrade. Your 3.4c should command a good price on ebay. I traded my 2.8c for a monitor, and use the athlon 64 3200.
January 24, 2006 2:40:16 PM

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I suggest a cpu upgrade.


Given my current cpu specs above, can you suggest a CPU mobo combo? I'm behind on how CPU's are rated these days. I know that Intel have gone away from rating them by their clock speed (e. g. 3.4GHz) and now use a numbering system.

Would this CPU (found at NewEgg.com) be as fast as my current setup?

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Intel Pentium D 830 800MHz FSB LGA 775 Dual Core, - Retail
* 3.0GHz
* 90 nm Smithfield
* 2 x 1MB L2 Cache
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Is the 775 socket the best choice these days? I wish to stay with Intel and am not looking to go to a 64 bit processor.

Thanks again for your help.
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January 24, 2006 6:39:43 PM

Dual core 820 will work, but beware of the heat issues. I get my combo deals at Fry's electronics, where the motherboard is almost free on their best deals. If you use your pc mostly for gaming, I would go for a single core amd cpu. My 754 is so cool that the heatsink fan runs at 0 rpm most of the time. My 939 runs at about 1500. Amd dual cores cost more, but are clearly a better cpu, whether you run a 32 bit or 64 bit windows operating system. The boards for amd dual core are cheaper than most Intel chipset boards. The nforce4 boards (chaintech) start at only $54.95 at newegg. For a single core amd, the 3700 San Diego processor is a great choice at about $220 with heatsink. I retired my 2.8c because of heat and stability issues with my ram. That same ddram runs fine with my amd setup and all 4 dimm slots filled at 200 fsb (400 speed).
January 27, 2006 2:49:47 AM

Can you suggest a specific AMD/mobo combo? o1die recommended a single core AMD for gaming. Would a dual core be detrimental?

I would like to get the fastest chip I can confortable afford ($300 - $400).

Thanks again
January 27, 2006 3:13:09 AM

What about this combo:

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard - $249

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - $233

or

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - $164

Are either of these chips faster than my current one?
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January 27, 2006 6:03:32 AM

The San Diego 3700 will be faster than the 3.4c. It's a good bang for the buck choice. I also suggest you select a board that's recommended for your current memory by searching the manufacturer's website before ordering.
January 27, 2006 2:31:50 PM

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The San Diego 3700 will be faster than the 3.4c. It's a good bang for the buck choice.


Thanks for that.

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I also suggest you select a board that's recommended for your current memory by searching the manufacturer's website before ordering.


I intend to put my existing mobo/cpu/ram in a new case for someone else so whatever mobo I end up getting, I will buy more RAM just for it.

Thanks again.
January 27, 2006 10:30:50 PM

Prescott is a good core and i recomend it to anyone i have a P4 640 in mine no problems if you do get a single core go for the 600 series or the 601 series.
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