Originally Posted by Taeric
The high end 478 boards are going for a real premium these days. You might be better off selling the mobile CPU and getting the desktop equivalent. They're more expensive since they're the top of the line 533 MHz FSB 478s, but you can probably get one for a fair amount less than the 3.06 mobile and high end mobo combined.
Thanks for the post, advice and info! However, here's the deal. I bought a P4 3.06Ghz on eBay for $105.00. After getting it home and installing it in 3 different motherboards, I found out from the sSpec number that it is/was a "mobile" cpu. Mutiplier is locked at 12 and voltage is locked between 1.2 and 1.3v. In a way the seller mis-lead on their auction, but they did list the sSpec number of SL77P. Only after some investigation did I find out that it was/is a mobile cpu.
So now the dilemma. I'm looking on eBay for a used DFI Lan Party or Asus P4C800 to use with this cpu. Most of these used M/B seem to be going for about $40.00 to $60.00 bucks. I'll then need some high FSB PC4000 DDR ($158.00 - the most expensive item). I have one last 160Gb SATA HDD to give up and an ATI 850pro Video card. I need a case ($60.00 or less), cd/rom ($50.00 or less) and operating system ($79.00). About $512.00 total... I think.
Based on some articles and reviews here at overclock and elsewhere, I'll be able to overclock the fsb to 250+ (stably) and get the full effect from the cpu. I've seen where some folks have gotten about 3.6Ghz out of this cpu on air cooling. That would equate to about a 300 fsb! I think that's really pushing the motherboard, but it is possible, I guess. The added advantage is low heat. Since it's only a folding rig, the overclock doesn't worry me, but costs above $500.00 in total due... If my wife really knew what I was up too... she'd kill me! I've gone OCD on folding. All to your credit, I might add. he,he,he...
I'm just trying to cut my losses and also add another folding rig, for my push on October 1st thru the 31st to the 100,000 points mark and above..... If I can't make a go of it, then the 7 rigs I have will have to do!
I also have my eye on some "other" options, but nothing concrete...
Thanks again, :-)