Best motherboard for an ATI Radeon 9800 XT

Howdy, i was just gifted an ATI Radeon 9800 XT. im looking to build a computer around it, i was wondering what a good mobo might be? im considering the Asus P4S8X-X, which is socket 478 and i was wondering what a good socket 478 processor is.
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  1. To be honest it probably isn't worth it unless you already have most components. The fastest CPU is a 3.06GHz P4: http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ASUS/P4S8X-X.html
  2. okay, thanks. but you dont think its worth it? would it be smarter in the long run to just get a better card, like SLi?
  3. isn't that card over 6 years old?
  4. haha is it really? that sounds outdated to me
  5. At this age, nothing. AGP is dead. Sell it, and build a new system. Even my lowly 9500GT is faster than the 9800XT.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphics-card,2544-7.html
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    okay, thanks. but you dont think its worth it? would it be smarter in the long run to just get a better card, like SLi?

    Any decent $50 GPU is much faster than that very old AGP card. SLI is not a card: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Link_Interface ATI have similar technology named Crossfire: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATI_CrossFire
  7. okay, i get it, i had a feeling AGP is outdated. Maybe thats why it was a free card haha.

    Well im on a somewhat of a budget, how does this setup sound:

    Mobo: Intel ATX MSI P55-GD65

    Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100286L Radeon HD 4860

    CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield

    RAM: G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB)
  8. What are you going to use the computer for and what is your budget?

    You can get a real nice gaming computer by choosing a cheaper cpu and putting more cash into the video card.
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    okay, i get it, i had a feeling AGP is outdated. Maybe thats why it was a free card haha.

    Well im on a somewhat of a budget, how does this setup sound:

    Mobo: Intel ATX MSI P55-GD65

    Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100286L Radeon HD 4860

    CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield

    RAM: G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB)

    You can't use an i7-920 on a P55 motherboard. Like cobot said, what will you use the computer for and what's your budget? You're now going from a real crappy to a high-end build, but careful component selection is required (motherboard, CPU, PSU, GPU, memory, etc.)
  10. Gaming would be the main use of this build. As for the budget I think about $1,000.
  11. Also, I decided to check out an AMD-based setup and this is what I got.

    I'd say i have a $1,000 budget for these parts, any suggestions?

    Mobo: ASUS ATX 4A79XTD EVO 790X

    Graphics: XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

    Hard Drive: Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB

    PSU: Thermaltake W0319RU 850W ATX
  12. You realize that you CPU selection represents a significant performance drop over an Intel i7-920? Why don't you create a new post asking for a good gamer system for $1,000 or less? For that amount of money, you can build a better balanced system. Do you already have a case, an optical drive, the OS and everything else required to complete your build? If so, provide a complete list of what you have.
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