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PCIE board for a socket 478 chip?

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April 19, 2006 5:54:46 AM

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.
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April 19, 2006 6:49:26 AM

It'll work with ddr
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April 19, 2006 7:47:34 AM

Does that MB support his CPU, also no 800FSB

Supports Intel Pentium M Dothan/Celeron M Dothan processors in 478-pin package
Up to 2 MB L2 cache for Pentium M Dothan and up to 1MB L2 cache for Celeron M Dothan

Note: On Intel Pentium-M/Celeron-M Dothan CPU, with a choice of 478pins and 479pins P-M CPU socket, MSI designed 478pins P-M CPU socket on this board.

Support 400/533MHz FSB
April 19, 2006 8:05:12 AM

What motherboard do you have now?

That's still a good CPU, just need to find a good graphics card to use for another year. A X850pro / XT would be a good choice.
April 19, 2006 9:13:45 AM

I'm currently using an ASUS P4P800-SE motherboard. I'm wondering if just buying an AGP card might be my best bet at this time. Thanks for the reponses everyone.
April 19, 2006 10:18:06 AM

How much do you have to spend and which country are you in?
Play much in the way of gaming?

Newegg has X800 cards around $150-180. Better choice.
or X1600pro around the $120-170. Cheaper choice, but still OK.

I would try and get by with what suits you better and wait for later in the year when Conroe or AM2 is out and sorted.
April 19, 2006 11:21:44 AM

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.
April 19, 2006 8:08:05 PM

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.
April 19, 2006 9:47:12 PM

The X800XL would be a nice choice. $180.00 is a good price for that card.
April 19, 2006 10:27:49 PM

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.
April 23, 2006 7:17:45 PM

I have basically the same problem as Conundrum.

I've seen those Albatron boards on sites, but i haven't been able to find them anywhere to buy.

Also, ICBlu, do you know where I could buy that board? Because on Newegg and Tigerdirect I haven't found anything