Selecting Motherboard


Junior Member
Dec 7, 2013

I want to change my old motherboard which worked very well for years.
i want to keep intel P4 3.0Gz processor(though it heats up quite lot).

i am going to add a nvidia graphics card. may be gt 610 or 630 (~100+ cuda)

Use of PC:
normal gaming


reason to upgrade:
upgrading RAM and adding graphics card

Please suggest me ANY motherboard for P4!!!

Intel Processor - P4

Intel(R) Processor Identification Utility
Version: 4.75.20130916
Time Stamp: 2013/12/07 04:58:12
Operating System: 6.1-7100-
Number of processors in system: 1
Current processor: #1
Active cores per processor: 1
Disabled cores per processor: 0
Processor Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00E GHz
Type: 0
Family: F
Model: 3
Stepping: 4
Revision: 17
Maximum CPUID Level: 5
L1 Trace Cache: 12 Kµops
L1 Data Cache: 16 KB
L2 Cache: 1 MB
Packaging: FC-PGA2
Platform Compatibility Guide: 04A
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) Technology: No
MMX(TM): Yes
Intel(R) SSE: Yes
Intel(R) SSE2: Yes
Intel(R) SSE3: Yes
Intel(R) SSE4: No
Intel(R) AES-NI: No
Intel(R) AVX: No
Enhanced Halt State: No
Execute Disable Bit: No
Intel(R) Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel(R) 64 Architecture: No
Intel(R) Virtualization Technology: No
Intel(R) VT-x with Extended Page Tables: No
Expected Processor Frequency: 3.0 GHz
Reported Processor Frequency: 3.0 GHz
Expected System Bus Frequency: 800 MHz
Reported System Bus Frequency: 800 MHz

Motherboard MSI MS-6743

• Supports Intel® P4 Northwood/Prescott/P4 Extreme Edition processors.(PCB v1.1 only)
• FSB 400(Northwood only)/533/800MHz
• Supports up 3.2GHz and higher speed
Memory Speed/CPU FSB Support Matrix

• Intel® 865G Chipset
- Supports 800/533/400MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus.
- Integrated graphic controller.
- Supports PC2100/PC2700 /PC3200 memory.
- Supports AGP 8X/4X at 0.8V (AGP 3.0) or 4X at 1.5V (not support 3.3V) interface.

• Intel® ICH5 Chipset
- AC'97 2.3 interface
- 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
- 2 channel Ultra ATA/100 Bus Master IDE controller
- SMBus 2.0 support
- 2 serial ATA Host Controllers
- Integrated LAN controller

• Support 100(Northwood only)/133/200MHz
• Support 400(Northwood only)/533/800MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus.

Main Memory

• Supports two 64-bit wide DDR data channels.
• Available bandwidth up to 3.2GB/s(DDR 400) for single-channel
mode and 6.4GB/s(DDR 400) for dual-channel mode.
• Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 2.5 Volt DDR DRAM.
• Supports up to 4GB memory size without ECC.


• One AGP slot supports 8x/4x at 0.8V (AGP 3.0) or 4x at 1.5V (3.3V is not supported).
• Three PCI 2.2 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots.
- Supports 3.3v/5v PCI bus Interface.
• One CNR slot

On-Board IDE

• Dual Ultra DMA 66/100 IDE controllers integrated in ICH5
- Supports PIO, Bus Master operation modes.
- Can connect up to four Ultra ATA drives.

• Serial ATA/150 controller integrated in ICH5
- Up to 150MB/sec transfer speeds.
- Can connect up to two Serial ATA drives.


• AC'97 link controller integrated in ICH5
• 6 channels software audio codec C-Media 9739A
- Compliance with AC97 v2.2 Spec.
- Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement.
- Can support SPDIF Out via 3-pin SPDIF bracket only.


• Intel 82562EZ
- Integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY in one chip
- Supports 10Mb/s and 100Mb/s auto-negotiation operation
- Compliant with PCI v2.2, and LAN on Motherboard (LOM) standard

On-Board Peripherals
On-Board Peripherals include:
- 1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
- 1 serial port and 1 VGA port
- 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode
- 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (Rear x 4 / Front x 4)
- 1 Line-In/Line-Out/Mic
- 1 RJ45 connector (Optional)
- 2 1394 ports (Rear x 1 / Front x 1) (Optional)

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and
expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your
motherboard specifications.

• 24.5 cm(L) x 24.5 cm(W) Micro-ATX Form Factor
• 6 mounting holes.
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Elite Member
Sep 1, 2002
The problem is that any board for that Northwood chip is only going to support AGP, and you are going to have a hard time finding an AGP video card (the ones you listed are pci-e), and well as the RAM (first gen DDR is quite pricey). Not to mention the difficulty in finding a good, used board that is worth the money.

If you are really wanting to upgrade, your best bet would probably be to start a thread in General hardware about a new machine. Tell us how much money you have to work with, and see what they can do for you.

Make sure to tell us what country you are in as well.


Junior Member
Dec 7, 2013
Thanks for reply :)

I have planned for below configuration:

Intel P4 3.0Gz (using my same old processor)

New Motherboard (going to buy new one)
Gigabyte GA-G41MT-S2PT Motherboard OR
Gigabyte GA-G41M Motherboard OR
... as per suggestion on forum

GC (Planned to buy)
ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition 2 GB

Memory (Planned to buy)
4G DDR3 for new Motherboard.

I want New motherboard which can support new GC, Memory.. also my old P4 processor?

can above configuration be possible to built? (i know it will have some pull down computing power due to P4 processor)
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Diamond Member
May 6, 2012
Welcome to the forums.

I'd have agree with ketchup79. Even the absolute cheapest CPUs today (Celeron G460/G465/G470) are going to be minimum twice the performance of any Northwood P4.


New Motherboard (going to buy new one)
Gigabyte GA-G41MT-S2PT Motherboard OR
Gigabyte GA-G41M Motherboard OR
... as per suggestion on forum

Those will not work as your CPU is socket 478. Those boards use socket 775.
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Elite Member
Sep 1, 2002
It's been a few years ogl, but the CPU support page in the first board lists the 530, but not your chip, the 3.0E. They are both Prescotts, but I wouldn't necessarily take that to mean they are both supported.

Just don't want to see you wasting your money.

How much do you have to work with?


Junior Member
Dec 7, 2013
ok so i have to get new processor too !!

Thanks for making me decide
:awe: ketchup79, Insert_Nickname

i will find some configuration which will be good for medium gamers.