Alright, I can get an Abit LG-95Z motherboard for $25 from a guy on my local Craigslist. Says he upgraded to a new motherboard and was using it up until a few days ago. I have a Socket 478 Pentium 4 3 GHz, AGP Video card and DDR memory. I was thinking that motherboard would make a good transition board for me to go from Socket 478 to LGA775, AGP to PCI Express and DDR to DDR2 so I can go Core 2 Duo and ultimately buy a nice $150+ mobo. Will that mobo support any Core 2 Duos or could I make it? I'm thinking I'll just get it but wanted some opinions as to whether or not this is a crap/cheapo board that is no good.
Based on what I've found..the ABIT LG-95Z doesn't even have a PCI-Express x16 slot. Only PCI-Express x1. Which no video card will fit into. And it won't support Core 2 Duos, only Pentium D's. I would try to find a differen't motherboard..
It uses a decent enough chipset but it's one of their (really) cheap boards. Only has 2 RAM slots, PCI-E 1x and because it's an older chipset it won't support the latest Core 2 Duos so you'll be stuck with the slower and more expensive ones.
You need for C2D, DDR2 and PCI-E video card. Here is a nice mobo: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P31-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Alright, well thanks for saving me from making a stupid purchase! I know plenty of good mobos on Newegg I was just hoping to find one super cheap that I could use as a transition board.
I recommend this one if your looking for a cheaper board:
Its only $75 after mail in rebate, it uses the new P35 chipset, and has support for Quad Cores.
It's not bad, but that's not what I call cheap. I'm looking to spend $50 or less and that would only be possible buying it used so I guess I'll just wait until I have more money to buy what I really want.
Well, i didn't say it was cheap, just that its a cheaper one out of the better boards. ;)
For $50, your probably not going to get a great board. You could get one if you like, but you would probably end up kicking yourself in the ass later.
Just save up a bit till you can afford a decent one.