What is the Best/Fastest GPU & CPU for this MB?

This could have been posted in the CPU or MB area, but I'm most concerned about a better GPU, so I posted here.

What is the Best/Fastest GPU & CPU for my MB?

I have the Intel Corporation D945GNT MB.

The current GPU is: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE

The current CPU is: Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz, 3066 MHz

The current HD is: Seagate 500GB 7200rpm

I want to upgrade this for my guest room. I'm currently have this one in my computer room:
http://1-4u-computer-graphics.com/Desktop-Build.htm
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  1. I'd say a Radeon 4850 is probably the best I'd put in there, anything more is going to be too limited by the CPU. It'll be a huge improvement over your current card for less than $170.
  2. Is the video card using PCI Xpress or AGP?
  3. Quote:
    Is the video card using PCI Xpress or AGP?


    PCI

    http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/nt/nt_available.htm
  4. Look at this page for supported processors

    http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d945gnt/sb/CS-026630.htm

    and you will see that the highest you can go is a Pentium D 960. If you can find it cheap go for it. Depending on what games and resolutions you're gonna play you probably won't get a benefit out of anything faster than a Radeon 3870/4670, or an nVidia 9600GSO with your current CPU. With the dual core 960 you probably won't notice any improvement with GPUs beyond a Radeon 4850, but an 8800GT may prove a good fit.

    Considering I don't see Pentium D960s for sale anymore you may have to scoure eBay for one. I don't think it's worth the Hassle, or the money, so in your case I'd just put in a Radeon 4670.
  5. Thanks for the great advice guys!
    I'll probably max it out as I like speed!
    Here is more proof I like speed & power: :sol:
    http://corvettec3.com/1977.htm

    http://1-4u-computer-graphics.com/Desktop-Build.htm
  6. Wow, that's a pretty sic rig!

    How do you like that keyboard? I've got the red one and I luv it!

    You can always keep your old cpu, maybe overclock it, and stick a 4850 in there just cuz.
  7. Iff your ugrading you can toss a new mobo in there for $50-$100
  8. RabidBunny, I like my red-lighted Saitek keyboard alot.


    I don't want to add another MB. I want to max out mine and it looks like I can improve it a lot.
    http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/d945gnt/index.htm

    So far my research shows my MB can run either the Pentium-4 3.80GHz 670
    http://processorfinder.intel.com/List.aspx?ParentRadio=All&ProcFam=483&SearchKey=

    and the Pentium-D 3.6GHz 960
    http://processorfinder.intel.com/List.aspx?ParentRadio=All&ProcFam=2112&SearchKey=

    So my question is which GPU would be the best before I run into a bottleneck and start wasting $$$

    Best GPU for this cpu: Pentium 4 3.80GHz 670

    Best GPU for this cpu: Pentium-D 3.6Ghz 960

    NOTE: I do NOT want to change MB.
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