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Hi all,

I have a P3 Celeron 1.3GHz CPU (100MHz FSB) with 256K L2 and the "tb1" stepping (see here) which will generally guarantee a 33% o/c with little or no extra voltage. I also have some PC133 RAM (2x128MB) to use and various other bits of hardware.

What I really need is a decent socket 370 motherboard that will accept a P3 Celeron 1.3GHz CPU and has some good o/c'ing features.

I would ideally like stepless frequency control (although I doubt that existed for P3) or frequency control with quite small steps (perhaps 3-5MHz or so) and that will go up to 140MHz-150MHz FSB. Also, some CPU voltage control would be good and if possible some voltage control for the RAM as well as frequency control for RAM.

I know, you're probably thinking, why the heck am I bothering with P3 at all? Well, as I already mentioned, I have most of the bits I need to set-up a P3 o/c'ing/folding rig and I'm sure that the 1.3GHz Celly at 1.73GHz or even (with luck and extra voltage) 1.92GHz I would be able to make some worthwhile contribution to the o/c.net folding team. Also, my finances of late are somewhat limited and I am having to sell my 2nd and 3rd rigs to bring some cash in, so I thought I would use what I have (plus a new board) to make a half decent P3 rig for folding etc.

I'm not looking to spend any more than £30.00 ($52.00 USD) at the very most and will consider eBay (UK) and any other source really .

Thanks a lot for your help .

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I couldn't find much information about the 370 pin motherboards but here is one review that I found. Apparently ( according to the review) is a pretty good motherboard.
I've never had experience so I guess you'll just have to rely on others reviews.
http://www.itreviews.co.uk/hardware/h55.htm
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I couldn't find much information about the 370 pin motherboards but here is one review that I found. Apparently ( according to the review) is a pretty good motherboard.
I've never had experience so I guess you'll just have to rely on others reviews.
http://www.itreviews.co.uk/hardware/h55.htm
Thanks for replying. The motherboard looks ok, but it seems to be a little out of my price range.

I have been looking at Gigabyte MBs as a skt.370 option as I have had some very success with them for P4s. I'll post what I have when I have something.

In the meantime, any more recommendations would be appreciated, thanks!

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It is hard to find a decent new motherboard for the P3 series since the only ones that are around are the all-in-one products.

I would post in the "Wanted" section as you can quite often find what is a jewel for you and a "part in a box" for another Keep in mind that your Celeron 1.3GHz is a "Tualatin" and needs a special Tualatin motherboard or a converter to use with a standard P3 board.

The only Celeron's with 256KB of cache were the Tualatin.

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It is hard to find a decent new motherboard for the P3 series since the only ones that are around are the all-in-one products.

I would post in the "Wanted" section as you can quite often find what is a jewel for you and a "part in a box" for another Keep in mind that your Celeron 1.3GHz is a "Tualatin" and needs a special Tualatin motherboard or a converter to use with a standard P3 board.

The only Celeron's with 256KB of cache were the Tualatin.

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Thanks for the advice. I wasn't sure if the chip was a Tualatin or not, but if the only P3 Celerons with 256K L2 were Tualatins, then I guess it must be. That is pretty good in a way as it will have the pre-fetch logic non-Tualatin P3 Cellys lack and if I can get it to 1.7GHz-1.9GHz stable it should be pretty good for folding and should out-perform some of the earlier P4 CPU's.

I have had a look at some Gigabyte boards (see below) and hope to pick one up (or a similar non-Gigabyte board) second (or third etc) user for a few GBP.

GA-6IEM GA-6IWMT GA-6VEM GA-6VEML GA-6VTXE GA-6VTXE-A

Out of the boards I have linked to, are there any that stand out as potentially good overclocking boards?

If anybody has any recommendations or suggestions, they would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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I have to say you have a good selection of boards there to be very honest so well done..I really would reccomend a gigabyte board as they are very stable and are great overclockers..also have you tried Ebay..There are bound to be some 370 socket motherboards on there.

This may help mate: http://search.ebay.co.uk/socket-370-...sPageNameZWLRS
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I have to say you have a good selection of boards there to be very honest so well done..I really would reccomend a gigabyte board as they are very stable and are great overclockers..also have you tried Ebay..There are bound to be some 370 socket motherboards on there.
The board that stands out most to me as the best of the ones I have linked to is the GA-6VTXE-A. It seems to have all the necessaries to get a half decent o/c out of the P3 1.3GHz Celly and also seems reasonably well equipped in general, for the era it was built in .

Still, finding a good board on the Gigabyte web site may well prove to be much easier than finding the same board to buy from a UK retailer...

I'll have a little hunt around the web ( including eBay UK ) and see if I can get one, but in the mean time, I am still open to suggestions if anybody is willing to share them .

Thanks!

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This doesnt Specify what speed Cpu this board can take but the Model Number maybe of some use to you mate.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GIGABYTE-GA-6V...QQcmdZViewItem
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there's a couple DFIs on newegg.com. I own a p3 1.2ghz talutin myself and tried both mobos. I geuss niether OC that great, but they do relitively easily.

the one that has no AGP slot OCs better is mATX and has USB 2.0. The one w/ agp 2x/4x i managed a safe/stable oc of 1.32 from 1.2. also got a 9600xt and 768mb (512x1, 128x2) pc133. it runs pretty fast and runs all games of yester-year and some/quite a few of modern/semi-modern games.

OBTW both mobos have limited options on ocing but oc OK...
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This doesnt Specify what speed Cpu this board can take but the Model Number maybe of some use to you mate.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GIGABYTE-GA-6V...QQcmdZViewItem
Thanks man. I looked at every gigabyte board on eBay UK and the only one that supports my CPU is this one and if you look at the spec for it here, it doesn't look like is has FSB freqency control that would be all that suitable for overclocking... It's also a bit out of my price range...

Thanks for your help so far though ( REP for you! ) but I don't think eBay is going to help me much today... I will have to keep looking I guess.

I had a look around the web for the GA-6VTXE-A but so far haven't been able to find a supplier that hasn't discontinued it, or has it (permanently I would guess) out of stock... I would imagine that the only way I will get this board is though eBay, or possibly though o/c.net, I don't think any retailers sell this motherboard any more .

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there's a couple DFIs on newegg.com. I own a p3 1.2ghz talutin myself and tried both mobos. I geuss niether OC that great, but they do relitively easily.

the one that has no AGP slot OCs better is mATX and has USB 2.0. The one w/ agp 2x/4x i managed a safe/stable oc of 1.32 from 1.2. also got a 9600xt and 768mb (512x1, 128x2) pc133. it runs pretty fast and runs all games of yester-year and some/quite a few of modern/semi-modern games.

OBTW both mobos have limited options on ocing but oc OK...
Thanks for the suggestion, but sadly newegg isn't really an option for me as I live in the UK . It's handy to know which P3 boards are still available though .

Any more suggestions, especially as to where I could get a GA-6VTXE-A, are most welcome!

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