View Full Version : Motherboard recommendations for P4 3.0Ghz 800Mhz FSB

May 25, 2003, 06:57 PM
Well, I have decided that it's time to replace my aging 1.4Ghz AMD Athlon system, and build the best PC rig I can. I am going the P4 3.0Ghz 800Mhz FSB route over the AMD Athlon XP 3200+ route, as (1) I can get the P4 cheaper, and (2) the P4 is faster in the benchmarks I've seen.
I will be getting the latest nVidia GeForce FX 5900 (http://nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=fx_5900) just as soon as it comes out, and 1GB of DDR3200 RAM.
Now I am looking for any motherboard recommendations. At the moment I am looking at the Intel 875P chipset (http://www.intel.com/design/chipsets/875P/index.htm?iid=ipp_browse+chpsts_875pdsk&), on the Gigabyte GA-8KNXP (http://www.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/Products/Products_GA-8KNXP.htm) board.
Anyone have any ideas on anything better, or can give me their opinion on the kit I have selected so far?

Thanks ya'll!

edit: More on what I want to do and the components I will be using - http://www.thejatrix.myby.co.uk/mysystem.html

May 25, 2003, 07:06 PM
I would go with the Gigabyte. I just built a P4 2.66GHz with 533FSB, Gigabyte GA-SQ800 (I think) motherboard. It kicks ass.

I only got the Radeon 9500 Pro though.


They have awesome prices, and 2-day free shippping on just about everything.

May 25, 2003, 07:17 PM
Thanks MacAztec, as I said, Gigabyte was my choice so far, they have always been good to me in the past.

I live in the UK, so I wont be buying from googlegear.com, most of my parts will come from dabs.com - a huge online UK store with great prices and service.

BTW, I'm going for this case - http://www.thermaltake.com/products/xaser3/v1000dblue.htm - 7 x ultra silent fans (gonna need it to keep the 3.0Ghz P4 and GF FX cool, have you seen the heatsink on the FX? It takes up 2 slot because of the size of it!), adjustable fan speed, LCD display of the current system temperature, and a total of 12 drive bays!

May 25, 2003, 07:42 PM
Here is a link that might help you with the quiet stuff http://www.silentpcreview.com/index.php

Anyway, the last new pc I owned/built was a PII 233MMX, back in 1999. It is still my main machine (other than my work-provided laptop). It has a 4.5 G HD, 128 MB RAM, and W95 as an operating system. So I really can't give much input other than the above link. :p

May 25, 2003, 08:05 PM
Gigabyte owns Intel Chipset.

The system is nice.

May 25, 2003, 09:13 PM
edesign--out of curiosity, how much are you looking to spend on this? that's a nice-looking case, by the way.

May 26, 2003, 09:37 AM
Originally posted by Shadowfax
edesign--out of curiosity, how much are you looking to spend on this? that's a nice-looking case, by the way.
Here's a break down of the cost of each component. Most stuff I'll be buying new, but I will re-use my current optical drives as I feel they do not need to be replaced.
Since the GF FX 5900 isn't actually out here yet, I have estimated the price to be @ 350 (around the same as the Radeon 9800).

May 26, 2003, 09:39 AM
One more thing...as you may have noticed from the picture in my last post, I am going with a 120GB SATA drive, does anyone have SATA? Do you really notice a difference?

May 26, 2003, 10:09 AM
well, i d buy an p4 2.4 with fsb 800, everything is the same as with the 3.0 ghz one....
everything you have to do, is changing the multiplier ration. and your prozessor is much faster.
( just a hint :D )

May 27, 2003, 04:36 PM
Yea I agree with ^ about the 2.4C ghz p4, its alot cheaper and u can overclock it. Also, nVidia cheated on the benchmarks for the 5900, it's really crappy. Get a 256 mb Radeon 9800. Also, I would go with western digital drives. I also think you should get the DFI LAN Party MoBo. And last but not least, thermaltake is a good company for everything except for HSF's. You should get a Vantec Aeroflow, much quieter...