First post, by tanasen
Ι 've found locally two boards: the Asrock 775i65G R2.0 and the Asrock 4CoreDual-VSTA. I'm thinking of merging two of my systems into one. The dedicated WinXP PC consists of a P4 3.0GHz HT, a Fujitsu D1675 board, 2x1GB DDR-400, SB X-Fi Platinum, XFX HD4650 512MB AGP, which performs ok but struggles a lot in cpu intensive titles and obviously the P4 chokes the HD4650's performance. The other system runs Win7 and WinXP and consists of a Q6700, a Fujitsu G31T-M2 board, 2x2GB DDR2-800, SB Audigy SE, GTX750 2GB which is an excellent all rounder but nothing special. I want to build a fast AGP system and maybe purchase an HD3850 in the near future. I also want to run a modern OS as secondary for convenience and maybe try some DX10 games. Also with these boards I could experiment with Win98 using an older gpu like the FX5900XT which I have in my possesion...
I was thinking of getting the 775i65G and put a Pentium E5800 in there and along with my HD4650 (for now), a couple ssd's and 2x1GB DDR-400 this would make a pretty fast (and cool) system for WinXP and it should still be usable for a more modern OS like Win7/8.1. But today I found the 4CoreDual-VSTA and after doing a little bit of reading in the vogons threads I think I'm better off with this one. This board should work with the Q6700 (downclocked though? so maybe the most suitable processor would still be the E5800? ) and with more than 2 GB of DDR2 RAM (it has a limit of 3.3GB?) but only with the correct modded BIOS, which I'm not sure which one it is. So what do you guys think? To me the 775i65G seems like a low risk choice but the VSTA is probably the most versatile board but maybe a PITA to find the correct configuration.
PC1😜 III-S 1.4GHz, GA-6VTXE, 512MB SDRAM, Albatron FX5900XTV 128MB, SB Live! 5.1
PC2😜 III 800MHz, MS-6178, 256MB SDRAM, 3DFX Voodoo3 2000 PCI, Creative CT4810
PC3😜 MMX 200MHz, SY-5EAS5, 128MB SDRAM, Diamond Monster 3D, Diamond Viper V330, ESS 1868F