I have been going over and over the seemingly endless possibilities over a processor+mobo configuration. I'm looking for a good motherboard for an old Pentium D 930 I have laying around that came with an HP computer. I want to unleash the Pentium D 930 on a good, CHEAP(er) mobo. What do you guys think?! Thanks ALL!
I think you would be worlds ahead to replace the mobo (and memory?) now too instead of investing in a mobo for such an old, slow CPU. I suggest you go look at the CPU charts to see how much faster todays CPUs - even the slow ones are. Note that you have to go back to the 2007 charts to even see the Pentium D still listed - then try to use on of the faster CPU's on that list to line to a more recent 2008 chart to see all he new models.
However, if you budget only allows you replace only the mobo - are you planning to use your old memory too? If so, what memory is it?
See, I've accumulated a P3 Slot processor, a P4 Socket 478, Pentium D 930 (that I wanna put in a cheap highly overclockable board and that's what this post pertains to. There are so many choices) also a Core 2 Duo that I recently upgraded into a C2Q 9300 O.C. to 3.3Ghz. My current setup is nothing fancy by far! The basic's of my setup is an ASUS P5Q O.C. to 1760MHz FSB, C2Q Q9300 O.C. to 3.3GHz as well as some minor tweaks to the RAM. Now After saying all that, which has nothing to do with my post I am merely looking to "recycle" these processors and build a CHEAP system because I know people who could use a budget build. ALL the processors come with boards but they're like, from DELL, IBM etc. and they're BIOS' won't let me OC the settings.
So that being said and getting back to the topic of the Pentium D 930 or any of the other processors I've mentioned so far. What would your choice of a budget mobo be if you wanted to put a good "D 930" back in service? This is kind of like a hobby of mine. Piecing together old technology. I'm really interested in making a system from the old "D930" and O.C'ing to the MAX! I just wanna see how far I can go with it! Thanks All!
Oh and rockyjohn, I am trying to build something around these CPU's I already have. I have no memory (that I wanna use). I'm not having much problems finding my compatible hardware I am just interested in what someone else might use.
I doubt you'll get far overclocking that chip, unless you have a nice aftermarket cooler. I have the same CPU with the stock cooler and the small clock increases I can get with it aren't even worth it.