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    Default Is this an O.K. board?

    I need a board for an LGA775 P4 CPU and have been thinking about this one. I don't have DDR2 memory yet so it limits my choices a bit (using dual DDR 400). This board has PCI-express 16 and AGP 8X and I haven't seen too many boards with both slots plus the option of both DDR2 and DDR system memory. I don't like C-media sound but maybe it just sucks on my MSI board. Anyone know if the i915P + ICH6 chipset is worthy or would you use something else for gaming? I believe the price is unbeatable with the options.


    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...135-157&depa=0

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    I find that quite interesting, didnt think the AGP and PCI-E slots could be used on the same board... Might be a "one or the other" Kinda thing not both, but I can be sure.

    Seems to be a lower end board and you probably wont get a huge amount of proformance out of it, depending on what CPU and what applications you plan on using it for, Games, Vidoe edit, and so forth.
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    No LGA775 system is good for gaming. I wouldn't use any of them for a gaming machine ever, and neither would anyone else in their right mind (that isn't being payed to, which is different). I wouldn't use that board in any case as it's not that great a board, even for LGA775.

    As for the AGP, if I remember correctly, that board actually uses what is called "AGP Express," which is basically a regular PCI (not PCI-E) slot made to fit (and work with) AGP video cards. The problem is that this actually does reduce performance for 4x and 8x cards, though PCI-E cards will perform fine.

    If you really want to get a gaming system and a PCI-E motherboard, then buy one off eBay. They're (just the ASUS SLI) available there now and will be at online retailers soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    No LGA775 system is good for gaming. I wouldn't use any of them for a gaming machine ever, and neither would anyone else in their right mind (that isn't being payed to, which is different). I wouldn't use that board in any case as it's not that great a board, even for LGA775.

    As for the AGP, if I remember correctly, that board actually uses what is called "AGP Express," which is basically a regular PCI (not PCI-E) slot made to fit (and work with) AGP video cards. The problem is that this actually does reduce performance for 4x and 8x cards, though PCI-E cards will perform fine.

    If you really want to get a gaming system and a PCI-E motherboard, then buy one off eBay. They're (just the ASUS SLI) available there now and will be at online retailers soon.

    I have a 3 GHZ LGA CPU so I need a board to go with it. What do you suggest?

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    Default Re: Is this an O.K. board?

    Depends. What is it going to be used for?

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    Default Re: Is this an O.K. board?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    Depends. What is it going to be used for?
    Mostly gaming.

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    I'd suggest you read this and base your choice off of what features you need and if you need overclockability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    I'd suggest you read this and base your choice off of what features you need and if you need overclockability.

    Thanks for the link. I don't think I'll invest $190 into that MSI board that took gold though, I like MSI for the somewhat stable overclocking to a certain point but there also spendy boards. I'm tring to keep my mainboard budget under $120 (US) new or refurbished. The ECS brand got platnium but its not the same model I chose above for a fraction of the cost of the MSI board that I'd also have to spend $$$ on DDR2 memory (Not worth it right now). I think I'll save up for the big stuff when I build my AMD system this spring, but for this new Intel system its going to have to settle for a board that supports DDR memory.

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    Default Re: Is this an O.K. board?

    This looks good for a LGA775 board using DDR.

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    Default Re: Is this an O.K. board?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    This looks good for a LGA775 board using DDR.

    Not bad! Do you think its better than the one I'm considering? If so, why?

    Heres a link to it again.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...135-157&depa=0

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