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Old 12-25-2007, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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heyas, currently i have a foxconn 915 motherboard. now, i love the motherboard, it works for me, but i am not able to use any of the core 2 duos. now i was thinking about buying a new mobo (got some money for christmas) and was wondering what would you guys suggest?

wait awhile before i buy a new mobo (new technologies might be coming out and such)

buy a new one (intel, core 2 duo or otherwise)

buy a new one (amd)

im currently running:

pentium 4 3.0 ghz (ive had this since april of 2005)

2 gigs ram (was going to pick up another gig with a gift card i have to best buy)

nvidia geforce 8600 gts


the only reason im considering getting a new mobo is because i feel that a core 2 duo might run faster, but i guess im not feeling too much choppiness with a pentium 4, i mainly play armed assault, various mmorpg, and the occasional source game, i really only have trouble with armed assault once **** starts goin on.

anyways, thanks for any advice you may give

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Old 12-25-2007, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Need Advice for new Motherboard

you might just want to consider getting a new card, cause that 8600 gts isn't a very powerful card. you could probably get a new card and save yourself the hassle of completely new components.
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hehe 8600GTS for a pentium 4? more than enough. Even a new Celeron 420 should run faster than a Pentium 4. if you upgrade the motherboard, ur gonna have to buy a new CPU as well. make sure thats in ur budget as well.
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ip35-e and p35-ds3l are great budget boards
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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well, ive pretty much decided that im going to get another stick of ram and then see how my computer runs, before i get a new mobo, so i currently have a


Foxconn 915A01-P-8EKRS2 LGA 775 Intel 915P ATX Intel Motherboard

you can find some specs here:

Foxconn 915A01-P-8EKRS Mainboard Based on Intel 915P


will it support a ddr2 800 stick of ram?

specifically this one:

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - Retail


a guy said that some mobos wont read it so i wanted to be sure.


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well it says this not really sure what it means tho
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yeah, but will the ddr2-800 work?
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yeah, but will the ddr2-800 work?
4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 400/533 non-ECC memory

the 2gigsyou already have should run XP just fine. if you're unsatisfied with your current rig it'd be better to save that cash to put it towards a new one.
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nvm, just decided to buy a good 1 gig stick of 533

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you're not going to see a big difference going from 2-3gb of RAM on XP... Vista, yes

i still think you'd be better off saving the money for a new build
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