Socket 478 Motherboard?
Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:33 AM
Posted 10 November 2006 - 02:17 PM
Another problem you have is that the 2.0G cpu is only a 400 FSB processor, so you need to find a 400/533 bus motherboard. This limits you when trying to buy a 3.2 processor as most of them were 800 fsb cpu's. A look at newegg and tiger direct has no 533 buss cpu's except the 2.8 prescott, the higher range cpu's are all 800 fsb so you may need to either discard the 2.0 processor and go with a 800 fsb cpu or go with the 2.0 and not upgrade later to a higher cpu. I have not seen any MB's that will run all three 400, 533, and 800 fsb's.
If you really like listening to music you will not run the AC97 on-board sound hardware. I do have some computers here with AC97, and even the slightly newer realtek on-board sound. These chipsets cannot compete with the Creative Sound blaster series sound cards. I really don't like listening to music on on-board sound computers. Perhaps i notice the difference because i have both on running computers. Its a great way to sell sound cards when you can let them hear the difference between good sounds and crappy ones like the AC97.
Of the 10 socket 478 motherboards on the newegg website, only 3 have SATA ports. The rest have only pata IDE ports for HD's and cdrom drives.
So where does this leave you?
Eighty percent of the cost of a computer is for the rest of the hardware needed to be able to use the computer. The Motherboard and CPU areat most only 25% of the cost of a new computer. Do not waste you time witholder hardware but insteal look for a intel 775 socket MB and a processor that can do what you need without being Obsolete as soon as you build it.
As cheap as possible my choice would be to start with this combo.
and with this CPU.
Your still spending around $250 for the MB/cpu and my only other choice would be to go with a Core 2 Duo kit.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 08:31 PM
Posted 11 November 2006 - 09:30 AM
Posted 11 November 2006 - 05:27 PM
The only one I could find is on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.co.u...tem220046143799 but this goes with all the fun and risks of buying on eBay - no warranties, guarantees, etc.
Posted 11 November 2006 - 07:43 PM
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