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June 27, 2007 2:43:09 PM

Hey I have a computer which is about 3 years old that I'm looking at replacing the mothboard on. The computer works fine except the motherboard hasn't got any AGP or PCI express slots, so believe it or not the best graphics I can get come from an old voodoo PCI card!

Time to upgrade the motherboard but I've never bought one before and have no idea which one I need that will still be compatible with my cpu, memory and PSU.

Only information I have for you is its a Intel 4 3.20 GHz I had a quick look at the motherboard but couldn't find any names or anything?

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June 27, 2007 4:22:32 PM

There's 2 types of Pentium 4, socket 478 and LGA775

if you have the former then you'll need something like this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which will allow you to use your cpu and memory and give you a PCIe slot, but won't be upgradeable

if you're lucky and have and LGA775 P4, then you can buy something like;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

to allow you to use current CPU and memory, but will also allow you to upgrade to a core2 at some point (though only with DDR400 memory)

Is your PC a pre-made of some description - if so can you give us make and model at all?

I can't find any motherboards that support your processor that would also support DDR2 memory, someone else might be able to help - this would keep your costs down right now, but allow you the maximum upgrade path.
June 27, 2007 11:41:23 PM

I'm guessing the graphics are onboard and that's where the AGP slot went. Use CPU-Z to determine what motherboard you've got so we can identify a suitable replacement. Download it (http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpu-z-140.zip), unzip it, run it. You don't have to install it at all and there's no configuring. It'll take a few seconds to run and has tabs for all your main system components.
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June 28, 2007 12:57:08 PM

Great program that nice one

Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz
Package Socket 775 LGA
Mainboard Vendor MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
Mainboard Model MS-7036
BIOS Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
BIOS Version 6.00 PG
BIOS Date 05/09/2005
Northbridge Intel i915P/i915G rev. 0E
Southbridge Intel 82801FB (ICH6) rev. 05
Memory Type DDR
Memory Size 512 MBytes
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June 28, 2007 1:40:05 PM

Is this a HP, Dell or something like that?
June 29, 2007 1:32:41 AM

The important things are DDR (not DDR2), LGA775 and microATX.

The motherboard andybird suggested http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128051 seems like it would do the job to me but I'm very much an AMD man so I don't really know what's around with Intel. Maybe someone more knowledgeable with Intel chipsets will have some insight but otherwise the one mentioned will do the job.

If you're going to spend $100 on a graphics card it would pay have 1GB memory and if you're going to buy more memory you might consider going to DDR2 with a motherboard that lets you reuse your CPU. For instance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135051 lets you keep your CPU, upgrade to DDR2 and have a PCIe graphics card. The money that you save on DDR2 vs DDR and PCIe vs AGP might be the difference between chucking out your old RAM and getting 1GB DDR2. Plus it gives you better upgrade paths since the RAM and video you buy aren't end of the line.

Am I wrong anyone?
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