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New Mobo for Wilamette

Dr. Kramer

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#1
So I have a P4 1.7 256k/400MHz that is running on a Dell 4300 Stock PC133 board right now. I want to upgrade the mobo and RAM to utilize the 400MHz FSB, but I am unsure of how to determine mobos can use Wilamette P4s. Most say IntelP4 or specify as being able to use Prescott. Any good suggestions? I know Asus and abits are pretty good.

I'm asking here b/c I havne't got lots of time now as I am studying LOTS for Boards....so thanks for any assistance...

DK
 
#2
Go to the Intel website and check their compatibility list. The MB manufacturers have compatibilty lists too. You will have to search for them. They are usually well hidden, especially the older ones.

Look through these reviews. They will list MB that were tested with the Willamette core.

www.tomshardware.com search artiles for willamette
 
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Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
#3
Look out for your ram also. P4's of that era went with RAMBUS which is not cheap. Even now it is still pricey. If you want to go cheaper get a board that takes P4 & non RAMBUS memory. If you want the most out of the P4 go RAMBUS.
 
#5
WARNING! I missed the Dell part. Make sure you can install your Dell copy of Windows on a new (non-Dell branded MB). Some check the bios to make sure it's going onto a Dell. Liscensing issue with MS.
 

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
#6
Make sure of your chipset too. My old 1.5 williamette was 850. As Chastity mentioned it would probably be cheaper & better to go with something else.
 

Dr. Kramer

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#7
LeeJend said:
WARNING! I missed the Dell part. Make sure you can install your Dell copy of Windows on a new (non-Dell branded MB). Some check the bios to make sure it's going onto a Dell. Liscensing issue with MS.
No worries, I actually am running XP Pro on this system that I bought separatly

Hipster Doofus said:
Make sure of your chipset too. My old 1.5 williamette was 850. As Chastity mentioned it would probably be cheaper & better to go with something else.
Yeah, mine is a 845.

I've thought about buying a new mobo and proc, but seeing as I've survived on this computer (which has PC133) for coming on 4 years with no real problems, I figure, why not just upgrade the mobo / RAM and save some money?
The only problem is it's a pain in the ars trying to find these old mobo's from asus / abit!

DK
 

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#8
Look for places in your area that deal with surplus computer stuff. You'll be suprised as to the abundance of parts out there. Find the MoBo you like from them, they can be had very very cheap. Then it's just downloading all the drivers for the particular MoBo you fine.
 

Dr. Kramer

Who's Yo' Doctor?
#9
So I've been lookin around, and i can't seem to find a mobo in the 845 line that also utilizes AGP8x. This is key for me as I recently bought a 9800 Pro. any one know of any 845 Willamette mobos that support 8x?

Side note - would I be able to see a noticable difference btw the 8x and 4x?

DK
 
#10
I'll look around for an 845 w/AGP 8x.

It won't make a performance difference though. The CPU doesn't have the FSB speed to utilize anything over 4x.

No luck, they all say AGP 4X. It may be a chipset limitation.
 
#12
http://www.overclockers.com/articles686/

The board seems to be "limited" for an ASUS board. i.e. May require some tweaking to some of the things you will want to as you upgrade. See page 2 about clock multiplier limitations. I have a Chaintek like that and it is a nuisance causing me to under clock my RAM.

A review of sis 648 boards, 4 Manufacturers to choose from.
http://www.explosivelabs.com/reviews/sis648/

And for the thrifty shopper:
http://www.pricewatch.com/default.aspx?p=http://www.pricewatch.com/prc.aspx?i=2&a=5463
 
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