well i got this deal few months ago , cpu is fine that mobo in my op is the worst ecs has made, and i like ecs alot. You lose alot on the agp/pcie using agp. I was using a bfg 6800oc (mind you alot of newer vga's are not supported) and on 3d06 i dropped 400 points! going from a ecs kv2. I am not sure with pcie because never had a chance to test.
ps: last week down here they had 3800x2 with a ecs kn1sli for $299.the best part is you can buy it know mees with it and within 15days if a better deals comes out you can return it. I did upgrades/downgrades for 2 months , benchmarking and messing around
I know that VIA chipsets aren't the best, but they seem to hold their own.
Here is my current rig that I'm looking to possibly upgrade:
MSI K8Neo Platinum MB
AMD Socket 754 2800+
Antec True Control 2.0 550 watt PSU
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
1.5 GB Crucial
I'd move the memory and graphics over, as this ECS board is AGP and PCI-e. WIth the hope to upgrade them both during the summer.
Thanks in advance!
the AGP slot, on this board is simply a PCI (not PCI-e) slot modded to add AGP compatibility with only certain video card. I don't know how the 9800 will perform.. probably at the same speed of a Radeon 7000 PCI.. or maybe a tad better... If it even manage to work.
The only real solution for AGP and PCI-e is the Asrock dual sata2. It has a real PCI-e chipset and a real AGP (no mutant things and the ECS and VIA) and will work good with your card.
I have this board, I bought it to test the performance and stability.. and end up keeping it in my computer because it perform great, stable and quiet...
So, if you want to go 939 and keep your 9800, get the asrock if your not ready to upgrade to full PCI-e board. This board will allow to switch later.
But don't waste any money on that mutant board.. You'll better wait for better deal when you'll be ready to do the update.