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LGA775 Pentium D Crossfire board?

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I'm looking to throw together a cheap intel build. I haven't owned intel since mt 1.13ghz Pentium 3..... Im looking to get a cheap Pentium D and I just need a motherboard now. I'd really like to get an ASUS board, but all the ones I look at seem to have an nvidia chipset. I have 2 4770s lying around that I want to use. Can anyone recommend a older LGA775 board with 2 PCI-e slots that will take a Pentium D?

I'm guessing I'm going to need a Intel chipset board to get crossfire?
post #2 of 16
The SLI hack notwithstanding, you pretty much a nVidia chipset for SLI on an Intel chipset on the LGA 775 boards, as by default, they only do Crossfire. I'm not sure if the reverse is true to where nVidia chipsets can't do Crossfire though. Honestly, unless you are after the SLI capabilities, I'd recommend an Intel chipset anyway.

That being said, I'd skip the Pentium D. It is not going to let both of those cards run that well. You should be looking at a Core 2 of some sort.
post #3 of 16
The short answer is that you are right, you'll need an Intel Chipset to get crossfire.

If you get your rep up, you could post in the For Sale/Trade/Wanted section to see if anyone has something cheap they could throw your way.
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Look for an X38 or X48 board.
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The X38 and X48 chipset boards will allow the full bandwidth to be used for both GPUs, but keep in mind that this isn't needed, so another board that does 8x and 8x instead will still all but work the same (especially with a Pentium D bottlenecking them), such as a good P35 or P45 chipset board.
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That's a good deal. And if you buy more than one you even get a discount
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there isn't any thing wrong with using a Pentium d as place holder.
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The SLI hack notwithstanding, you pretty much a nVidia chipset for SLI on an Intel chipset on the LGA 775 boards, as by default, they only do Crossfire. I'm not sure if the reverse is true to where nVidia chipsets can't do Crossfire though. Honestly, unless you are after the SLI capabilities, I'd recommend an Intel chipset anyway.

That being said, I'd skip the Pentium D. It is not going to let both of those cards run that well. You should be looking at a Core 2 of some sort.
I would like to get a Core2duo but honestly, they go way up. I'm just tinkering with intel currently. Most of the boards I've seen though support Core2duos and pentium D, so if it turns out I like the performance I might spend a little more. As it stands now I can get a Pentium D for about 15 dollars.
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My P45R2000-wifi from Asrock does crossfire and SLI.
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