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Ok i replaced my even older motherboard with an intel dp45sg it was $45 on newegg, and it seemed like a way to keep this machine functional. It did help. My GPU runs at pcie 2.0 (it "worked" on pcie 1.0 in that it ran but was about 40% slower), and Ilve got twice the memory which is faster.
My processor is STILL bottlenecking my GPU though, bioshock infinity pegs the processor at 100% pretty much throughout the game. I need at least a mild overclock.

core2 Q9550
intel dp45sg (reconditioned)
4 x 2gb ram 8-8-8-24@1333
lots of cooling. (34c idle)
460gtx 1gb (currently bottlenecked) :/

I got the bios up to 1.83, but couldn't get any of the betas to load. (it is reportedly nearly impossible due to flagrantly stupid bugs)

The version of intel overclock software reportedly doesn't work with this board even though it is supposed to (stupid bugs again) which leaves bios overclocking

People have claimed overclocks on this board of 3.6ghz, and i got it that high on my bloodiron p35 years ago when I originally bought the thing, so I know it's possible, I just have absolutely no idea how they are doing it.

Increasing the clock multiplier doesn't stick, its currently at 8x333. I can change the number, but it won't stay, and changing the fsb to 400 appears to work, but the behavior seems to be ignored, and the chip stays at 2.83 ghz

Am I doing something wrong? did I just buy a terrible board (yes, I know i did) I;d dearly love to keep this machine going for another year or 2 until 2nd gen haswell comes out or we all have to switch to AMD to make our game s work.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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