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Best MoBo for Intel 3.2E CPU?

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I purchased an Intel 3.2E P4 800MHz 1MB L2 CAC CPU for my P4B board as an upgrade based on an article in PC World, but despite my DIP switch adjustments to max the board's capacity it will not work.  I suspect the 800 MHz bus speed is the trouble.  In any case, I'm looking for a newer board to match the new CPU.  Articles on the net date back a few years, so I'm looking for advise on the best currently available board that will run the newer chip.  I recently upgraded the graphics board as well (works fine) to an AGP type.  I'd like to keep that component.  I'm aware that new DDR memory will have to be purchased.  I'm not looking for a screamer, just faster than my 1.8 MHz box.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
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Unless I'm mistaken, you have a Socket 478 CPU (P4B motherboard is Socket 478).  Link that Punky provided is for Socket 775 CPUs.

Essentially you have a Socket 478 CPU in a Socket 775 world.  There are very few Socket 478 motherboards still being manufactured and all I'm aware of are uATX form factor with VIA chipsets.  Biostar has a nice board that will work if uATX is acceptable.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138262

Otherwise, search e-Bay for Intel 865P or 875P chipset motherboards.  The Intel D865PERL would be a nice fit if one is available.
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Woop! my bad. Thanks Willcomp for correction.
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I am not sure about the uATX clause as to its implications for me.  What else would I need to do to make such a board "acceptable"? Thanks, in advance, for your help!
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uATX (micro ATX) is smaller version of ATX usually with 2 or 3 PCI slots and integrated graphics.  Some have AGP or PCI-E video card slots for a separate video card.  One I linked to has an AGP slot.  They will mount in a standard ATX case as well as a smaller uATX case.
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Thanks for your help.  I'll check out the Biostar board.  I'm a little unhappy about the limited PCI board capability, so I might try to find a 865P or 875P chipset motherboard somewhere.
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Ultimately, I found a compatible board in the Wiredzone.com site that is a full ATX board with 5 PCI slots, 478 socket, and other nice features.  Thanks to willcomp and Punky for responding to my query.
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You're welcome.
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