thanks -- but cpu-z and those type of programs work fine only if your computer is running and not in pieces.
I have the model number now how do I research what it's chip-set ? etc. is.
Good point and well made.
Googleing the model number will usually lead you to a spec sheet from a review or retailer which will tell you the chip sets.
If it's a somewhat new part, search the model number at Newegg.