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Asus vs. Intel Motherboards?

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Hi all,
This is my first attempt at putting together a system so please excuse my ignorance. I have been thinking of using an Asus P4T motherboard and an INTEL? PENTIUM? IV PGA478 CPU at 1.5 G. These will cost me approx. $350 US

Today I stopped by my computer store to pick up my new case and saw a bundle consisting of an Intel P4 PGA423 D850GBC mobo with an Intel P4 PGA423 1.5 ghz for $270.00.

In your opinion, which is the best combination to get? I don't want to cheap out for the sake of cheaping out, but I do want to get as much bang for my buck as possible.

Any expert opinions would be appreciated.  
Thx in advance


PS Some folks are also telling me to get a
1.4ghz Athlon and DDR motherboard (cheaper and faster than a P4 at 1.5ghz.)

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I prefer the AMD/DDR combinations to the P4/RDRAM designs.  RDRAM is overpriced and it significantly underperforms the DDR motherboards.

RDRAM is evil....it has a higher memory bandwidth compared to DDR RAM, but the people behind the technology are bastards.

Any reason particular why you want a P4?  Athlon platforms perform equal to, if not better, and are also cheaper.


No particular reason kannabis. I am getting your comments from a number of folks.

PC133     8Bytes          133mHz         1.064GB/sec
PC800     2Bytes          800mHz         1.6 GB/sec
PC2100    8Bytes          266mHz         2.128GB/sec
Quite conversely to what Kannabis said, the band width of SDRAM is four times that of RDRAM.
In any event, PC2100 wins the memory race. I prefer AMD but the P4 does offer some advantage when software is optimized for it, but I haven't seen any yet...and both VIA and Intel offer mainboards that allow the P4 to utilize DDR...makes it a little more interesting...as for comparison of  the Athlon/266 vs. P4RDRAM...a 1.4 Athlon will slightly out perform a 1.7P4. The 1.8 and 2.0 are faster but all equivalent or faster P4s are much more expensive. Read more at:

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