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Old 10-16-2004, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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P4 478 or 775?

OK so I've been debating building a new system with a Pentium 4 chip. I've been looking at socket 478 chips, but I see at newegg they are selling the new 775's cheaper! So other thenless mobo choices is there any reason to go 478 over the newer 775?
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Old 10-16-2004, 10:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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- 775 motherboards generally have PCI Express slots, giving you less choice in videocards right now (but what about two years from now?).
- 775 mobos pretty much *need* SATA harddisks.
- 775 coolers are LOUD as hell, and there's not many replacement options around yet. (compared to the silent options for 478)

If I were to buy a new P4 right now, I'd be hard pressed to buy the 775, mainly because of the cooler; I want a silent system. OTOH, one cannot help but wonder about the PCI Express v.s. AGP videocards - what will AGP do in two years time? Will it go the way of PCI (low-end only), and if so, how soon?
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Old 10-17-2004, 06:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well you could solve that problem with something like a water cooling solution..I say just add up the comparative total cost and decide
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Old 10-17-2004, 06:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd go with Socket 478 until a year from now.

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Old 10-17-2004, 06:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'm thinking I'd go with Socket 478. Now I just need to talk myself into spending the money!
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Old 10-17-2004, 09:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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well, come wednesday i'll have a p4 550 (socket t) intel 915p board and boxed xp pro for the sweet sweet price of 270 canadian... god bless intel retail edge.
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