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Need Some Motherboard Shopping Advice


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Sarge00

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First of all, to get things started, would someone please explain to me how to get a complete printout of the hardware specs? I'm sure there must be some freeware out there, but I'm not quite sure where to find it.

Secondly, I'm looking to escape the plague which Dell has become in the form of my current Dell Dimension 3000 (bought one and a half years ago). I recently acquired a new Intel Pentium 4 3.2E 800MHz FSB Socket 478 Processor Supporting Hyper-Threading Techonology. An unofficial link to this product can be found here (don't worry, pop-up free):

http://www.newegg.co...-116-172&depa=0

To make a long story short, Dell's Dimension 3000 motherboard is just not cutting it for me. It only has two DDR slots (limiting my total possible memory to 2GB) and, (this one is the biggest kick-in-the-junk), no AGP slot! That means, no bad-[bleep]-computer-game-rocking-out! Needless to say, it doesn't support PCI-e either. Which leaves me with a measly PCI slot to assess my video graphical needs. :-(

So anyways, I'm looking to build a new PC from the ground up, starting with the motherboard. Here is what I am looking for in a motherboard, in order of importance:

1. Compliance with my Intel Pentium 4 3.2E 800MHz FSB Socket 478 Processor Supporting Hyper-Threading Techonology.

2. AGP/PCIe support

2.a. *A ~$200 Nvidia video card will be bought in the near future to run on this motherboard, so SLI would be nice, but not necessary*

3. 4 DDR slots

4. Price not exceeding $220

5. Made in 2005, so as to keep me going for a while (in other words, providing me with enough up-to-date technology to keep me satisfied for at least 2-4 years).

Now, I don't know whether you're thinking, "Man, this guy is picky!" or "Huh, this ought to be easy", but I've got more news still for you. I've even gone to the trouble of scouring the internet for models which reasonably fit this ideal model. Here are the links to four different motherboards. **This is really where advice is being sought**

Which of these four, given my priorities, would you recommend?

Abit IC7-G (Intel 875P Canterwood)

http://www.digital-d...ard/abit-ic7-g/

Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard

http://www.pcstats.c...?articleID=1580

Asus P4C800-E Deluxe 875P Socket 478 Motherboard 800MHZ FSB SATA RAID Firewire Dual-Channel DDR400 Memory Intel Hyper-Threading Technology

http://www.novatech....html?ASU-P4C8ED

Trinity i875P

http://www.tyan.com/...inityi875p.html

Sincere thanks go out to whoever takes the time to help me out with this. Have a wonderful day/afternoon/night/morning/life!

-Sarge

P.S. If there is anyone who might suggest a good, large desktop case for this motherboard that would provide unusually well cooling (air cooling, water is a bit above my capabilities), please recommend it!
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First of all, to get things started, would someone please explain to me how to get a complete printout of the hardware specs? I'm sure there must be some freeware out there, but I'm not quite sure where to find it.



Download and install Everest

I ain't into Intel much so I will have to let others comment on the rest but this I can tell you, Abit and Asus boards are awesome so stick with those and you will be ok

Rick
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Download and install Everest

I ain't into Intel much so I will have to let others comment on the rest but this I can tell you, Abit and Asus boards are awesome so stick with those and you will be ok

Rick

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Thank you for the link and the two cents!

-Sarge
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Your welcome
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