Pentium D 930 Help!
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!
P31 chipset, $60
P45 board, $50 after mail-in-rebate. It seems to have bad reviews, but what can you expect for $50? It's also a better chipset than the P31.
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.
The ASUS P45 chipsets typically have a very long list
of compatible Intel CPUs, e.g. P5Q Premium:
The P5Q SE is a bit less expensive and it too
supports the D 930:
If you browse the ASUS website, look for the
link to "CPU Support" or "CPU Support List"
for any given motherboard.
The P45 chipset is very mature and very stable,
and you'll be able to upgrade that motherboard
down the road with any of a very large number
of more current Intel CPUs e.g. C2D, C2Q, etc.
Sometimes a newer Intel CPU can be run on an
older ASUS P45 chipset, by simply flashing
the latest BIOS.
The LGA775 socket has been fabulously successful
for Intel, and consequently there are a very large
number of compatible CPUs and motherboards to choose from.
> I doubt you'll get far overclocking that chip,
> unless you have a nice aftermarket cooler.
The problem is not so much the CPU as it is Intel's stock HSF.
Here's a very cost-effective solution:
We've retrofitted several "PresHots" with this LGA775 bolt-thru-kit
and every one is running cool and quiet now e.g. we overclocked
an Intel Pentium 540 from 3.2 to 3.6 GHz with no ill effects.
Here's some background reading on the problem with "push pins":