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tb3
12-18-05, 06:12 PM
I have a P4 3.2 Northwood @ 3.51 in an ASUS P4C800-E, 2 Gig DDR 400 memory (2x1GB), 6800GT AGP, Audigy 2 PCI. I'd like to upgrade to a 7800 GTX; one at first, maybe SLI later if that is even possible.

Is there any PCI Express motherboard which can accept my processor and memory? Can I put my PCI Audigy 2 in a PCI express mobo?

thanks.

Roadhog
12-18-05, 06:22 PM
no
yes
yes

superklye
12-18-05, 07:33 PM
no
yes
yes
There were only two questions...

Starscream
12-19-05, 01:42 AM
This Asrock motherboard is socket 478 and has 1 pci express x16 slot:
http://www.asrockamerica.com/Products/P4Dual915gl.htm

I'm using one in my main computer at work and I have a Northwood 2.66 running at 3ghz in it. The only bad thing about the board is that it does NOT have cpu voltage adjustment.

Knot3D
12-19-05, 04:08 AM
How about selling the whole thing and move to at least X2 4400 ?

crainger
12-19-05, 04:28 AM
Well in the short term the Asrock would be cheaper, but in the long run, it would be better to buy a SLI motherboard, CPU and video card (maybe a GT and a 3800 with or without X2 due to added cost). That way for SLI you just buy a second GT.

madmartyau
12-19-05, 04:30 AM
I had the same dilemma as you and decided to just bite the bullet and upgrade everything.(See Sig.)
Running with an X2 is so much better than HyperThreading.
And of course being an AMD it is great for gaming, although the 3.4E Prescott didn't really hold me back there anyway.

technoid
12-19-05, 09:30 AM
You can look for this motherboard if you want to run 1 CD/DVD and 1 Harddrive since there's only 1 IDE port on it. Or if you have SATA harddrives then you're golden.

http://www.albatron.com.tw/images/product/it/mb/picture/big/PX915P4C_Pro.jpg

It was on newegg.com but it wasn't there when I just looked.

(xmassign)

tb3
12-19-05, 06:56 PM
Do you think it's really worth it to play Oblivion? I only get about 30 FPS in Quake IV @ 1600x1200 with 2x AA / 4x AnIso or something. I get about 45 FPS in Battlefield 2 @1600x1200 with settings backed just a touch off of max. It's really frustrating, because no CPU is all that much faster than my PC, and my card is just barely bad enough to suck.

Sigh. It's tough to shell out $2 grand for "a touch more."

technoid
12-19-05, 09:07 PM
Do you think it's really worth it to play Oblivion? I only get about 30 FPS in Quake IV @ 1600x1200 with 2x AA / 4x AnIso or something. I get about 45 FPS in Battlefield 2 @1600x1200 with settings backed just a touch off of max. It's really frustrating, because no CPU is all that much faster than my PC, and my card is just barely bad enough to suck.

Sigh. It's tough to shell out $2 grand for "a touch more."
That's the deal, and the way it is for me too. I have a P4 Northwood 3.4 GIG, 2 GIG of RAM, and a EVGA 6800GT and it's really tough to spend 2 Grand to get the full upgrade I want. The only card that really makes me want to upgrade is the one you can't buy, the GTX 512. Now that card gives me what I want in a single card, no SLI for me. The 512 will run FEAR and COD2 with the goodies turned on and still get great frame rates. The smart thing to do is wait till February and get the next generation nvidia card that's suppose to come out then. But if I find an EVGA GTX 512 I'm not sure I can wait. I've waited a long time and I really want to upgrade now. Even though Feburary is only a short time away :)