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March 21, 2006 10:58:15 AM

I have an P4-2.8/400/1.75v processor (small-square/not rectangle). What would be the best mobo for gaming? This would be in a new case/pwr supply=ETC. (maybe overclocked some) THX everyone, MPX

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March 21, 2006 11:34:04 AM

There are numerous 865 and 875 chipset boards still available with integrated sound, LAN, RAID controller, SATA, USB, although you may have to check carefully for compatibility with the 400 MHz FSB series of processors, as some mainboards only support 533/800 MHz processors...

Although a 2.8Ghz unit, the 2.8/400 models will be handicapped by their 400 Mhz bus speeds, and easily outframed by 2.4/533 and 2.4/800 models

With that in mind, I'd recommend instead attempting to acquire both a much faster A64/3200+ and NF4 based PCI-e mainboard for about $250, rather than building a rig around/investing in an older AGP mainboard for what is a rather slowish $75 processor by today's gaming standards....
March 21, 2006 7:19:33 PM

Ahhhhh.....Makes sense. The rig as it is will make a good hand me down to the kids then. (I did wonder about the slow FSB speed.)

THX Again, MPX
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March 21, 2006 10:27:51 PM

"The rig as it is will make a good hand me down to the kids then."

Also good for surfing, e-mail, office work, tax returns, and the occasional game of Quake3, a true classic! :-)
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