Please don't hurt. I'm not actually a newbie, just someone who doesn't have enough scratch to build his own box yet.
I went over to www.motherboards.org to try out their motherboard selector. I ran into a slight problem. I've heard of Socket A, Slot 1, Socket 370, ad infinitum, but I really haven't seen any place that says what chip goes with which set of holes. And then MB.ORG lists a ton more. In addition to the above, they have Slot 2, Slot 1 Socket 8, Slot A, Sockets 3, 370, 423, 5, 7, 8, GXm, and Media GXa. So, what's what, and who's who?
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by KEP55 on 05/29/01 05:00 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
LOL dont' worry we won't hurt ya, but we can answer your question.
Slot A: inital port used by AMD for first T-Birds
Socket A: New AMD processor T-birds and Durons
Slot 1: PII and some PIII processors(no longer in production)
Socket 370: Celeron and PIII
Socket 423: PIV
The others your won't run into unless you are building an older system.
Like he said. But he did not mention the older sockets:
Socket 8-Pentium Pro (the earliest version of the PII)
Socket 7-Pentium MMX, AMD K6, K6-2, Cyrix MII/686
Socket 5-Pentium (non-MMX), AMD K5, Cyrix early PR series
Socket 4-Early Pentium (60 and 66MHz)
Socket 3-486, AMD 5x86 PR75-133
Also, the Slot A was used mostly with the early Athlon with off-die cache.