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I have another thread out there that asks how to work with my current Dell motherboard, however I also would like advice as to which motherboard to get as I will be purchasing one shortly.

- I would like the motherboard to have at least DDR2 533 standard, preferably DDR2 667
- RAM capacity at least 4GB, preferably more
- P4, dual core, hyperthreading compatible
- LGA775 socket type that will support the new Conroe processor (IMPORTANT!)
- ATI Crossfire compatible, preferably with the 16x PCI-E lanes enabled in crossfire mode, but 8x will be good enough (default for crossfire mode); not sure this even exists for crossfire yet like it does for nvidia
- Lots of overclocking capabilities for the RAM and processor

I have some options in mind already, but I would like to see what you all suggest. I can't think of any other requirements now but I will let you know if I do.

Also, since each motherboard can have different rear ports, the one that comes with my Aspire X-Navigator case will probably not fit every motherboard I purchase, so I also would like to know if motherboards come with those back panels that fit them, or if I have to purchase them separately. I have included a picture of what I am talking about. If you can buy them specifically for motherboards, I have no clue where so I would appreciate a link!
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Well one of the best motherboards on the market, and one of my personal favorites is of course the p5wd2 E-Premium on newegg for $219.99 and no motherboards on the market right now support conroe, but this one is rumored to support it with a bios flash, and is a killer oc board, AND supports crossfire, wow it fits you perfectly except that it goes with ddr2-800 ram:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131589

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DDR2 533 was a minimum requirement so that I had more motherboard choices, hence DDR2 800 is absolutely no problem. I read somewhere, however, that intel doesn't recognize RAM speeds beyond 800 MHz, or something like that... Is there any merit to that statement?
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P5WD2 E-Premium

with a small BIOS update, it will support Next Gen CPU's, plus it will allow for upgrades in the future.

EDIT: Ram speed is not so much as FSB, windows has nothing to do with "seeing" speeds, it shows them, the faster the better, and that kind of thing would be limited by stability anyway...
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P5WD2 E-Premium

with a small BIOS update, it will support Next Gen CPU's, plus it will allow for upgrades in the future.
That makes me happy to hear, but what is the source of the information?

Also, anyone know how I can find out what my current P4 Prescott socket type is? The Dell site doesn't tell you squat, and I can't find it in the hardware manager so I either missed it or have to do something else. Any help is much appreciated!
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post #6 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by stargate125645
That makes me happy to hear, but what is the source of the information?

Any information on current boards supporting Conroe is rumor only. It is likely that the P5WD2-E-Premium will be able to support Conroe with a BIOS update, but it is NOT confirmed by any source.

You are gambling if you buy that board now and hope it will run Conroe. It is the best board on the market now in my opinion, but my opinion is to wait for Conroe to be released and for the compatibility to be assured, or wait for a 985 board which was designed alongside the Conroe and will be released with the Conroes.


As for finding out info on your current CPU, download and run CPU-z and it will tell you everything you need to know.
post #7 of 26
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OK, my current processor is socket type 478. Is it certain that the Conroe will be the LGA775 socket type?
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post #8 of 26
Yes, the 478 socket is no longer being supported. Well, they are still making chips for it, but they are not designing NEW chips for that socket.

Is that clear as mud?

Basically, you will not see another NEW chip on the 478.

LGA775 and DDR2 are the standard now.....
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Yes, so that means Conroe will be LGA775, yes?
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yeup it will be socketT-775 aka lga775
    
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