Which motherboards for a Pentium D Presler 65nm?
Hi, What motherboards are compatible with Pentium D 945 Presler 65nm, please? I'm trying to do a cheap upgrade from a Cuba MS! 7300 board which can only cope with 2Gb max Thanks
Then here you go: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ASRock-ASR-G31M-S-MOBO
I honestly don't see the point in upgrading to a new board to keep a quite frankly old and slow CPU. If you had a C2D It'd be different.
If you have £150 max then have a look at Scan, I'm in the UK and live down the road from them. They're not the cheapest, but they have excellent customer service.
I've specced some up for you here, comes to £144.50 without delivery but inc VAT:
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V 28 day installation damage insurance with Scansure available on this product £49.90
AMD Athlon II X2 250, Regor Core, S AM3, 3.0GHz, 512KB x 2 Cache, FSB/HT 2000MHz, 65W, Retail £50.82
Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2, AMD 760G, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1066/1333, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, MATX, VGA £44.03
For your budget of £150 that give you maximum upgrade potential if you consider upgrading next year aswell. Plus there would be not point you wasting money on DDR2 either as you'll only end up junking that on next upgrade.
And don't think I am an AMD fanboi, or that I think 775 is dead. I am far from that! I currently have a Pentium Dual Core myself and I made the mistake too of staying on 775.....
I had planned to get a Phenom II x4 based rig from, perhaps, Yoyotech next year so the AMD route was always the longer term goal.
I've ordered the following from Scan and pushed my budget a little:
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, DHX, 1.6V
Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2, AMD 760G, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1066/1333, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, MATX, VGA
AMD Athlon II X3 445, Rana, Triple Core, S AM3, 3.1GHz, 1.5MB Total Cache, HT 2000MHz, 95W
Not sure about whether to stick to the stock cooler or not though...
Thanks again for the advice icraig.
Stock cooling will be fine if your case airflow is good enough.
If you do want an aftermarket cooler, a good budget solution is the Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2, also from Scan priced at £16. I can recommend it, as it keeps my OC'd 775 E6700 at 4GHz cool enough and it supports 775/AM3 etc.