Originally Posted by Hyoketsu
Thanks for the input, bosem. Yeah, I'm looking for p4p/c800 mobos, but I can only get them via ebay for twice the price I would pay, were they to be sold locally. I even put up an ad, asking for them in particlar, but no luck so far. It's true that I love my s478 rig, but idk... I want moar powah
well, I haven't decided yet, so it's still up in the air.
I have some cash left over from my pay, so if any of you have a decent s478 mobo to sell, I'm all ears.
That's what money does to you
In no time you'll be gaming on a Sandy Bridge rig and laughing and the peasants in the nostalgia lane
I've been there and all I can tell you is what it was like:
I wasn't into gaming back in 2008, but was starting to feel I wanted to try some stuff. I had a P4 3 Ghz, 1 GB of DDR 400 and a Geforce 7600GS.
I had actually bought an AsRock 775 DualVsta back in December 2006, but never go to use it, basically it was in it's box for more than a year. Then, in the summer of 2008 I decided I had to upgrade.
I bought a second hand Pentium Dual Core E2140 from eBay, and installed the new motherboard on a newer case I had lying around, along with the 1GB of RAM and the 7600GS. All of a sudden new possibilites opened up.
I got a good deal on a 2GB Corsair XMS2 667Mhz 4-4-4-12 Ram, and so upgraded the 1GB of ram. The Crysis Demo was suddenly running much better.
After a month or so I was looking for a new GPU. The AsRock has a VIA chipset and it didn't support many newer Nvidia cards, so my option was ATI. Of course, I wanted a PCIe card, so I could later also use it on a newer board. The Radeon HD3850 seemed like a good deal. I had decided on that card and went to the store.
But when I get there, they wer doing this AWESOME promotion: a brand new Gigabyte Geforce 8800GT 512MB, Turboforce Edition (factory overclocked) with a Zalman Cooler and Ultra Durable 2 design for less than € 100 (around € 98). The Radeon was seling for just a little less (something like € 89)
But my motherboard wasn't compatible! What do I do ? Oh, what the hell, I searched the available options in the store and bought the cheapest quality board they had: a Gigabyte P31-S3G.
But then the 400w PSU I had might not support it! What do I do. Oh well, a better 480w PSU is in order. And so I left the store with 3 items instead of one, just because the 8800GT was an irresistible deal.
With this board I could already do some overclocking. But even at 2.13 Ghz (up from 1.6), the CPU was clearly a bottleneck. So.... a month later I bought a brand-new Core 2 Duo E8400. Another month after that I replaced the 2GB (2 x 1GB) of DDR2 667 with a 4GB (2 x 2GB) Corsair XMS2 DHX 800Mhz kit. In October I also replaced the 120 GB Seagate with a 640GB WD Caviar.
Once you start upgrading you won't want to stop until you're done Edited by tpi2007 - 6/3/11 at 2:13pm