Motherboard on my existing desktop (>3yrs old) need an immediate replacement, so I need one with the undermentioned support. I intend to upgrade to a gaming rig in about 6 months time.
CPU: Pentium 4 531 [SL9CB] LGA775 (3.0Ghz/1M/800/04A)
Should have support for core 2 quad.
Graphics: Onboard via D-sub port. DVI-D/HDMI not required since latest graphics cards provide them. Should have atleast 1 PCIe x16 2.0 slot to run high end graphics card.
Audio: Better if suppots 7.1-channel.
Form factor: Any
Should have good OC potential.
I have been going through Tom's articles lately and have isolated ASRock's G41M-LE from May '09 600$ gaming PC and found it at a surprisingly low price at local market. But it lacks solid capacitors and I am not sure the PCIe x16 is 2.0 compliant.
Shall I go for it or is there any better option? How is the performance difference between version 2.0 and 1.1?
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ASRock's site mentions about processor 531, though it does not detail in the model no. I think it will support. And the PCIe is not v2.0. This makes the pricing so low.
Anyhow, I am going for it. Though i am not sure how the latest PCIe 2.0 cards will perform in it.