I've made this kind of upgrade too. But not from AMD.
I have 7800GS and i don't want to change to PCI-E. So in that time i don't have much choices. I bought Asus P5P800SE and Pentium 4 D 930 3 GHz. This mobo still has AGP slot. They run very well though.
But i don't think this mobo will run with Conroe. Its highest FSB is 800MHz while conroe is 1066Mhz.
thanks for the info mate, and yeah i'd seen the Asrock 775 Dual-VSTA but havnt seen many good reviews about its agp solution. but as long as games run smooth and i get the processing power i need, then mabey this will have to do :wink:
Actually the Asrock Dual VSTA runs AGP faster then it runs PCI-x just read the Anandtech articles. It supports Core 2 and DDR plus DDR-2 its just not feature-packed as a core 2 mainboard with I965 or 975 boards. The VIA chipset isnt designed for core 2 it can run it though.
if you doubt about Asrock, you really got a very limited choices. You won't be able to "play" with conroe but you can "play" with Pentium D. Let's say Asus P5P800SE plus Pentium D 960 3.6 GHz.
My Asus P5P800SE plus Pentium D 930 3 GHz plus XFX 7800GS Extreme Edition can scored 14.625 in 3DMark03. FEAR in 1280x1024, SoftShadows enabled, 2x AA, 8x AF, EAX enabled can play without hiccups same as in Half Life 2.