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December 16, 2006 4:03:33 AM

I have a Intel pent 4 516 82915G/GV/910GL
My motherboard now is a ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC MODEL GOLDFISH3 1.xx
CHIPSET INTEL i915p/i915g REV B1
SOUTHBRIDGE INTEL 82801FB (ICH6)
SENSOR SMSC 7701


BIOS
BRAND AMERICAN MEGATRENDS INC
VERSION 3.20



I HAVE A PCI GRAPHIC CARD AND I HAVE 2 EXTRA SLOTS(?) AND I WANT TO GET A BETTER GRAPHIC CARD BUT PEOPLE SAY I MIGHT AS WELL BUY A NEW MOTHERBOARD BUT I WANT IT TO BE COMPATIBALE WITH MY SYSTEM AND IF I CANT BUY A MOTHERBOARD I WANT TO BUY A NEW SUPED UP TOWER.

ANY SUGGESTIONS?
I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.
THANK YOU
a b V Motherboard
December 16, 2006 4:40:58 PM

Your processor will work in a more modern motherboard, but you will also need to switch out the DDR memory for DDR2. Also, depending on the brand of computer you are upgrading, the power supply and/or case will need to be changed. There is also the issue of video: If you get a 965G motherboard it will come with (marginal quality) graphics. Otherwise you will also need a PCI-E (not just a PCI) videocard.
So...why is it that you want a new motherboard?
Maybe a souped up new system makes more sense.
December 16, 2006 5:23:30 PM

To be more specific, do you currently have a PCI or a PCI express graphics card? Also, is your chipset a 915p, 915g, or 915GV? Please download and run CPU-Z, which can be found at the following address, and get back to us with what is says under the mainboard tab.

http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpu-z-138.zip
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December 16, 2006 6:02:07 PM

I have a regular pci with 3 slots. people tell me they suck.
My chipset is a intel i915p/i915g
December 16, 2006 6:04:57 PM

i have 525mb ddr2 memory. i cant get pcie card cause mine only takes pci card. it has 3 slots but i dont know if i can buy 3 cards and put them in???? I bought Scarface the game and i cant play it
December 16, 2006 6:34:52 PM

If your chipset really is a 915p/915G, then you should have a PCI express x16 slot on the motherboard. Is this the information that cpu-z told you? You've confirmed the lack of PCI express slot by open the computer and looking? Are you currently using the integrated graphics, or a PCI graphics card (if so, which one)?
December 16, 2006 7:32:13 PM

i havent opened the case. the system info says this
General Info:
Date and Time: December 16, 2006 4:23 PM
Processor Architecture: Intel
Processor Type: x586 - Pentium with MMX Support
Operating System: WINDOWS NT 5.1 Service Pack: 2600
Memory: 503 MB
Free Hard Disk Space: 1050092 KB Free on C
CDROM located on drive: EF
Screen Resolution: 1024x768
Color Palette Supports: (32 bit)True Colors
Audio: YES
MPEG: YES
DVD: YES

Comments:
None
Memory Info:
MemoryLoad: 68 percent
Total Physical: 503 MB
Available Physical: 158 MB
Available that can be stored in paging file: 1228 MB
Available in paging file: 631 MB
Virtual: 2047 MB
Free Virtual: 2020 MB

Comments:
None
Graphics Info:
Screen Resolution: 1024x768
Color Code: 32 Bits Per Pixel
Color Palette Supports: (32 bit)True Colors
Display Control Interface (DCI): YES
Display Adapter: VGA version 16416

Driver Name: DDRAW.DLL
Driver Name: DDHELP.EXE

Direct Draw Info:
Description: Microsoft DirectDraw
Provider Name: Microsoft Corporation
Version: 5.03.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Driver Name: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DDRAW.DLL
Driver Date: August 04, 2004, 07:00 AM
VidMemTotal: 97517568
VidMemFree: 89792512
dwRGBBitCount: 32
lPitch: 4096
dwRBitMask: 0x00ff0000
dwGBitMask: 0x0000ff00
dwBBitMask: 0x000000ff
MinOverlayStretch: 32
NumFourCCCodes: 12
YUY2*
YVYU
UYVY*
VYUY
IMC4
IMC3
IMC2
IMC1
I420
IYUV
YV12*
YVU9

Caps:
BLT
BLTFOURCC
BLTSTRETCH
OVERLAY
OVERLAYCANTCLIP
OVERLAYFOURCC
OVERLAYSTRETCH
COLORKEY
OVERLAYSHRINKY
OVERLAYSHRINKX
BLTSHRINKY
BLTSHRINKX

Comments:
-DirectX Driver has not been certified by Microsoft
MPEG Info:
Description: DirectShow MCI Driver
Provider Name: Microsoft Corporation
Version: 6.05.2600.2180
Driver Name: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\mciqtz32.dll
Driver Date: August 04, 2004, 07:00 AM

Comments:
None


DVD Info:
Description: IVIVIDEO LOGID.27810
Provider Name: InterVideo Inc.
Version: 5.0.11.767
Driver Name: C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\IVIVIDEO.ax
Driver Date: March 18, 2005, 12:40 AM

Description: MPEG Video and Audio Decoder
Provider Name: MainConcept AG
Version: 1, 0, 0, 63
Driver Name: C:\Program Files\Common Files\muvee Technologies\MainConcept\mcdsmpeg.ax
Driver Date: June 04, 2004, 03:36 AM

Comments:
None


Audio Info:
Wave Device: Realtek HD Audio rear output version 0x0000050a
Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
Product ID: 0x0064
Formats:
11.025 kHz, mono, 8-bit supported
11.025 kHz, mono, 16-bit supported
11.025 kHz, stereo, 8-bit supported
11.025 kHz, stereo, 16-bit supported
22.05 kHz, mono, 8-bit supported
22.05 kHz, mono, 16-bit supported
22.05 kHz, stereo, 8-bit supported
22.05 kHz, stereo, 16-bit supported
44.1 kHz, mono, 8-bit supported
44.1 kHz, mono, 16-bit supported
44.1 kHz, stereo, 8-bit supported
44.1 kHz, stereo, 16-bit supported
Volume Control supported

Comments:
None


it says on my display adapter i have vga is that the graphic card?
a b V Motherboard
December 16, 2006 8:12:47 PM

Quote:
...it says on my display adapter i have vga is that the graphic card?

Well, yes if it's a card, no if it's integrated.
I would guess that you have a microATX motherboard with integrated graphics and no PCI-E slots. There were lots of 915 boards like that out there for system builders trying to meet a low price point.
What does it say on the outside of the case? Any brand name?
December 16, 2006 8:21:58 PM

i have a hp pavillion a1113w desktop pc. i bought it new. my motherboard is ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC MODEL GOLDFISH3
IT IS A 128MB INTEGRATED
December 16, 2006 10:02:46 PM

Looks like you do have a i915G chipset, but HP was kind enough to screw you over anyway.

Look at that those solder spots where the PCIe slot is supposed to be. How nice. :roll:

Judging from your posts, I'm going to take a guess and say that you're probably not familiar with building computers, much less modifying OEM cases to accommodate aftermarket motherboards (while the mobo itself is mATX, the front panel wiring will likely have to be modified to support a new mobo, and lets not mention that you're Windows XP will no longer work). My suggestion to you is to purchase a PCI graphics card, as it will be much easier, cheaper and you'll be happier in the end. Besides, a PCI video card will hold its price for quite a while, as new cards hardly ever come out for PCI, so if/when you buy a new computer, so should be able to get a large amount of the original purchase price back when you sell your PCI card on Ebay.

Here's a couple suggestions:

geforce 6200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

ATI x1300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
December 16, 2006 11:30:14 PM

i have 240 pin ddr2 sdram dual channel and 4 ports? what do u suggest?
December 17, 2006 12:00:39 AM

Nothing. You have enough ram. You need to buy one of these two video cards if you want to play that game.
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December 17, 2006 8:40:38 AM

If you want a better gaming card, wait a little while longer for vista and directx 10. The 8800 is the only choice I know of right now, and you still pay dearly for it. There are lots of good boards for your 516 cpu. I would pick one that's core2 duo ready, such as the gigabyte p965-ds3. If you want a decent video card, get a decent 500-600w power supply to go with it. Expect it to cost at least $75. Anything less may be a lightweight, cheap unit. I had one fail in just 4 days.
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