Seeking Motherboard suggestion for P4 1.6GHz CPU

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    A friend would like to build a newer PC, and is thinking about going with a P4 1.6GHz CPU, and would like to know if there's a good stable motherboard for this CPU, and the latest in "inexpensive" high speed RAM (faster than PC133).
     
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    I've read and heard very good things about the Asus P4S333. It supports up to 2.4 GHz + and up to PC2700 DDR Ram. Also has 400 MHz FSB. It's the one Im going to get next month!
     
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    Patrick, one of the most popular combos nowadays on computing forums are the Intel P4 1.6A (the A denotes it is a Northwood, with 512k L2 cache), and the Asus P4B266 (Intel DDR chipset).

    The combo is very solid, and worth the money whether you want to overclock or not.

    The P4 1.6A goes for around $150, and the motherboard for around $120.

    BTW, an interesting piece of info: virtually ALL P4 1.6A are overclocking to 2.13GHz. All it involves is going into the motherboard BIOS, changing the front side bus to 133MHz (which keeps all your components in spec), and wam bam thank you ma'am. No joke (I'd be happy to provide links if you'd like proof).
     
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    Wow...so I won't need to get that new 2.2 then huh? Cheaper that way...way cheaper!

    BTW, where can u get this combo at that price?
     
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    www.newegg.com has the 1.6A for around $150 IIRC and the P4B266-C for under 120 before shipping. I've bought quite a bit of stuff from this company and they are first rate. For checking prices, you can also use www.pricewatch.com but I usually stick with Newegg if their price is close to the cheapest available. If you want to OC, you will need to buy some good RAM. Corsair and Crucial/Micron are two RAM makers that seem to get a lot of good reviews from users.
     
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    Masood,

    Could you provide a link?

    Thanks.
     
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    I'm prepping for a rig to do DVDR in the not to distant future...which depends on when the actual DVDRWs roll out in a more affordable price. My question is would a P4 1.6 o'ced to 2.13 be comparable to an actual 2.2? I have heard that people with DVDRWs with already a 1.7 or 1.8 still crawling when doing recordings.
     
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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I believe I have enough info to make an informed recommendation for my friend.

    Keep the suggestions coming if y'all want to talk more on this topic, I'm sure some of us are on the Upgrade Prowl.
     
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    So Patrick,

    What did you decide (if you don't mind me asking)?
     
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    I wound up suggesting:
    Asus P4S333 MB - SiS 645 chipset, 3 DIMMs (3 usable for PC1600/PC2100, 2 usable for PC2700 RAM), not as stable for overclocking.
    Intel P IV 1.6A (easily overclockable to 2.1GHz)
    Crucial PC2100 512MB RAM
    The older Asus P4B266 offered older Intel 845 chipset, only 2 DIMM slots, better overclocking stability.
    Since overclocking was not an objective (this is for a guy who values stability over speed), we went with the newer MB.
    Hmmm....With $450, I could be running at 2.1GHz as well. [​IMG]
     
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    I just purchased the P4 1.6A and an Asus P4TE mobo. I'll be building my new machine this weekend. [​IMG]
    Masood - Will you please post the link on overclocking the P4 1.6A to 2.13.
     
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    I know its too late for a change, but just wanted to chime in that the P4 over AMD advantage really materializes with the PC800 RDRAM boards/memory combo. And, PC2100 prices are almost as much as RDRAM nowadays anyway. That's what I've built the last 2 PCs with (for my SO and my father) and the cost wasn't much more over the DDRAM boards.
     
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