|well i'm hoping this one will stun you some:|
since i kept that better cpu, the p4, for a better board, i went and got a board for it today. here it is:
-intel entry server s875wp1-e . it's huge, has an intel chipset, at least the southbridge, the north is covered by a BIG heatsink, as big as a socket a heatsink :) is this a better board than the AsRock P4i45D+ for the p4 SL88F (Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz) that skip said is a good overclocker ?
-ok besides the fact that the power connector on the mobo is longer than the normal ones, there's an additional one next to the cpu, which has 8 pins. what the hell :) i'm not touching it until u guys explain the deal. there's 6 sata connectors on this mobo, with another heatsink in betweeen them :) what is this thing ? it's got the 478 socket, it's why i picked it up, i saw the intel chipset and the rageXL onboard graphics, i figured it may be a good board. no swollen caps, etc.
About the provenience: source one is an internet cafe across the street from my house, the owner recently upgraded his systems, and a month or two ago started giving me all these components to restore/repair or just.. clean up (some worked ok). source two is my cousin who brings me 90% non-working systems to fix up from all his friends in college. source three is an old man, who 10 years ago was in tune with the times and as an IT technician was taking care of about 20% of the city's school computer labs. nowadays, retired, shop closed, he agreed to let me run my hobby by using old stuff around his dusty shop. he can't see so well anymore, but i swear he knows how to do a bios hotswap or upgrade like it's nothing.
I always say it's best to doublecheck.