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By mdl3 ·
My queation is concerning MB's and Processors.
which is the best way to tell how fast processor a MB would support?
can it be tell by just looking at it? or do I need the original docummentation/online documentation?.
What do I have focus on whentrying to buy a combo (MB and Processor)what do i have to look for?
I also want to inquire about processor's soket on MB,
is there a web site where I could get a list of sokets all the different processors there is,
you know Celeron = soket 370 AMD Duron = ?????
PIII = ?????
Athalon = ?????
please be as detailed as possible!
Thanks!

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by TheChas In reply to Mother Boards & Processor ...

Your question is more involved than we can answer in the limited space of this forum.

Check out the information at the links that soulrider gave you.
There are also helpful articles, papers and guides at Intel's and AMD's web sites.

For any given motherboard, the best information on supported processors will be found at the mfgs. web site.

As to a MB/CPU combo. With the pace of processor developement, look for the maximum performance that will fit your budget at this time. Don't worry about future upgrades, within 2 years, their will be no new processors that will work on your MB.
If performance is your goal, aviod on-board video, sound, and modems.
Get the fastest front side buss speed you can afford. Choose a MB that uses DDR RAM. And try to get one with Ultra ATA133 support.

On a functional basis, there are only 4 options for the CPU socket for a new MB.
Socket 370 Pentium III and Celoron
Socket 433 and 478 Pentium 4
Socket A all AMD Athlon, Duron and XP

Out of date Intel sockets include Socket 5 (Pentium), Socket 7 (Pentium MMX), Slot 1 (P II, III and Celeron
For AMD you have Super Socket 7 (K5, K6) and Slot A (Athlon)
Unless you are trying to build up a low cost system, and get a great deal, avoid the obsolete sockets.

Different MBs have different ranges of processor speeds that they support.

To compare prices, check out www.pricewatch.com

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by csmith In reply to Mother Boards & Processor ...

The focus of this question is incorrect.
With your level of experience, do not buy a motherboard that does not come with the manual.
After you have assembled a few systems, and solved the related problems you will encounter, then you can hit the used market where, frequently, the manual is missing.
By then, you will also have a feel for how much power you need for the application that is to be run on that PC.
Unfortunately some experience is still necessary in the PC field. It is still harder than buying a refrigerator, although the manufacturers would like you to think otherwise.
Regards, Chris

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by drdmc In reply to Mother Boards & Processor ...

Read "Build your own pc" by David Risley at pcmech.com

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