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Is it worth upgrading my mobo?

By zazazoom
Oct 15, 2006
  1. Hey all, I want to do a small upgrade...basically change my mobo from a p4s533-E to a P4P800SE
    just cuz i have an AIW x800XT with X8 AGP and my mobo only runs x4 max :p
    http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Asustek_MB_ASUS_P4P800SE_865PE_ICH5_RET~r-1~CLT-INTR~RFR-www.google.ca

    probably difficult to find one :) but i wanna try..

    my processor is a northword 2.4 p4
    1gig ocz RAM
    antec true power 2.2 550W
    p4s533-e
    diamondmax 250 hdd
    x800xt AIW
    Audigy SB live

    i only do this if i can get the mobo for cheap...i'm sure my video card is being bottlenecked!
    just wanna be sure i won't have any problems switching my mobo from the p4s533-e to the P4P800SE :p
     
  2. zazazoom

    zazazoom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 124

  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    You could try ebay!!!!
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Your video card is being bottlenecked by ur CPU mainly, not by the slot speed. AGP 4x vs 8x has almost no effect on frame rates. Change to a Pentium D or to an AMD Athlon/Sempron and u will see the difference.
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    If you still want to change your mobo, avoid SiS chipsets at all costs. For Intel CPU's, stick with Intel chipsets. For socket 478, the I865PE is a good choice, and if you can, enable dual channel mode.
     
  6. zazazoom

    zazazoom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 124

    I865PE what brand is that?
    how much do you think i would be spending for all that? just for the sake of keeping my agp :p

    man i think i might as well just save up for a whole new rig and invest 2grand on it or somethin!
     
  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Its a gigabyte p4 board. If you want to stay with amd 32bit then the abit nf7-s mobo is the best on the market i recon!!!!
     
  8. zazazoom

    zazazoom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 124

  9. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    To use that board you will NEED a new processor and probably ram too!!!
     
  10. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    That is the Intel 865PE chipset used on many 478 mobos. The Asus P4P800SE would be fine if you can find one. The Asus P4P800 Deluxe is better and uses it too. The Asus P4C800 Deluxe is real good and uses the Intel 875 chipset. I think all of these are now out of production. You may find one somewhere, sure on ebay.
     
  11. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    I you want to do a major upgrade, the thing to do is to find the processor that you want first, then find a mobo that supports it!!!!!
     
     
  12. zazazoom

    zazazoom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 124

    that board is the one wolfram was recommending >_<
    Damn..I just want to savour my X800XT with whats left of the best AGP boards around >_< soo hard to find!

    btw: thanks for your responses ppl!
     
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Actually, I wasn't recommending a specific board :haha:

    I was just recommending the Intel 865PE chipset. The better thing, would be to get another mobo, with a newer socket. Socket 939 would be the best, and economical choice.
     
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