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#1 13 years ago

Okay, I'm looking to upgrade to a PCI-e MB and video card. The Mother board needs to be Pentium 4 3ghz compatible, with D-Ram. Are their any bundles out there? I currently have a Nvidia Ge-Force FX 5500 128mb. How much is the average price of a PCI-e MB?




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#2 13 years ago

Two questions: Is that a Socket 478 or LGA775 Pentium 4? And do you need DDR or DDR2 Ram? If you don't know or are not sure, download CPU-Z and tell us what it says under CPU>Package, and Memory>Type.




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#3 13 years ago

Processor is mPGA-478 and the memory is DDR-SDRAM




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#4 13 years ago

Ok that helps quite a bit, how much are you looking to spend on the mobo/video card together, as a rough estimate?




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#5 13 years ago

Well I have no idea about prices. would 500 or less get me something decent?




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#6 13 years ago

Heres a Socket 478 mobo that is compatable with your Pentium 4 and has PCI-Express: Albatron PX915P4C Pro $92.00 $500 should get you something very good if thats what your willing to spend.




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#7 13 years ago

Okay, thanks alot, now I know what to look for. is SLI just a waste of money at this time? Edit: DDR-SDRAM is DDR1 right?




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#8 13 years ago

SLI is alright, on the games that support it. But you have to buy two video cards instead of one, doubling the cost. But for $500 or less your not gonna get SLI unless you use 6600GT's. which in that case a single 6800GT is a better buy. For buying parts i recommend Newegg if you live in the US. Not sure what places are good for europe ect.. though.




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#9 13 years ago

Okay, just wondering. Is it smart to even upgrade to PCIe right now? I was thinking that all the nicer video cards support it but then I saw this. and It's AGP 8x. and it's supposed to be a pretty good card right?




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#10 13 years ago

That is a NICE card, one of ATI's best. in fact, thats the exact same thing i just bough not long ago. If your going with something like that, just stick with AGP and use the saved money to upgrade you processer or something.




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