My ATI Radeon 9800 pro card died on me the other day. Now I need to replace my card and I feel it would be a good decision to purchase a new motherboard so I can get into the PCIE market.
Unfortunately, my processor is a 3.0 ghz P4 Northwood Core with a 478 socket type. I have had little success in locating a good board which offers PCIE capabilities and supports this socket type.
Does anyone here have any knowledge of a suitable board? I don't have the money to upgrade my processor too, so I might be stuck purchasing an AGP card. Any recomendations would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. What chipsets are currently considered to be highly desireable? Thanks again.
I have a MSI 915GM and it's only for a Pentium M (Dothan) CPU. You cannot plug a standard Pentium 4 socket 478 CPU into that motherboard. I don't think there is any chipset out there that can take a P4 and has PCI-E support in it.
I'd recommend replacing your AGP card this time as it really is the most cost effective solution.
NVIDIA came out with a 7800GS AGP board recently if you want to spend that bit extra on a really fast gaming card, which are comparable to their PCI-E equivalents. I think some of the 6800GS AGP cards with 512MB GDDR3 RAM, may be the best bang for buck.
I live in the U.S. and I game a lot. I play World of Warcraft primarily, which probably doesn't require the highest of high end cards. I think going with an AGP seems like the best solution until I build a completely new system in a year or so. I've been looking at the 6700GS cards, I will also check out the x800. I think the 7800GS will probably be out of my price range.
I would like to thank everyone for contributing to this thread. The advice has been tremendously helpful.
nope that MB is for the mobil cpu's there are 3 asus boards and 1 albatron that support 478 and pcie
if you go up to the second bar hit search type in p4 478 pcie , you'll find the model numbers.
The only one you'll find in the usa is a asus p4rd1. but oos at zzf. everything else is $200-$300 on ebay.