Need help...my motherboard is choking my whole system right now and I need an upgrade. I want really good over-clocking capablity(current one sucks) and excellent gaming performance.
Most of all, I want a board that will last longer than 2 years this time; one I can grow into as prices come down on other components and room to expand as new gaming platforms require.
Please look below at my specs and tell me which board will move me in the right direction without causing me to change all of my other hardware components....
-ASRock 775Dual-VSTA LGA 775 VIA PT880 PRO ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66 Ghz (Overclocked to 2.97 Ghz)
- Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory 4-4-4-12 Low Latency
- Leadtek WinFast PX7900GS TDH 256MB GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card(Max 8800GTX)
-HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 HDT722525DLAT80 (0A31611) 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive (SATA 3.0 Max Hard Drive)
-M-AUDIO Revolution 5.1 5.1 Channels PCI Interface High-Definition Sound Card
-Sony Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s
-Rosewill RE502-SLV 500W ATX12V v2.03 Aluminum Power Supply
-APEVIA X-CRUISER-AL Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-CHIMEI CMV 937A Silver-Black 19" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor(Digital Max)
- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Which one would you recommend since the motherboard is a x16 PCIe slot but only works at x4 performance? I would not be able to use vs 2.0 PCIe without an even larger bottleneck of the board, correct? I was looking at 8800 cards
No, some 8800s won't work in that board since it doesn't have a PCIe2.0 profile. But apparently 8800GTXs do, if that's what you're looking to get. I went down this road to find out my 8800 GTX worked in my son's computer but the 8800GT 256 I bought him didn't.
Just pick a nice P45 board and you won't go wrong.