Motherboard replacement in an m8400f hp computer

By Tazman526
Jul 19, 2009
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  1. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    My new graphics card dosent support my mobo, I figure bc, I went through three of the same cards and it didnt work
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    That's ok, but why SLI? SLI provides diminishing returns, and is heavily driver-dependent. Some games don't support SLI very well at all.
  3. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    well, as of now, I dont care about SLI cause im not gonna run more than one card at a time, I just want a good gaming mobo that will support it
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    So you do want an SLI mobo then?

    Also, are you going to be OCing?
  5. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Like I said, Im only going to be running one card, so I really dont need SLI, and, OCing?
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    OCing = Overclocking

    If you want a non-SLI board with a little overclocking headroom, then a micro-ATX board like the GA-MA74GM-S2 or the ASUS M3A76-CM is perfect for you. It also supports your CPU as well as the new Phenom II CPUs, in case you feel the need to upgrade in the future.
  7. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Yea, I would want to overclock a little bit, but I dont want to OC the crap out of the mobo, and at times could I make it so it could or couldnt be overclocked?

    BTW, I cant tell, Does it have PCI 2.0 express slots?
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Yep, they both do. PCI-E 2.0 is a moot point though, since PCI-E cards are backwards compatible with PCI-E 2.0 slots, and vice versa. Also, there is no advantage to using a PCI-E 2.0 slot over a regular PCI-E slot.

    Both mobos will allow a light OC BTW, maybe just the amount you are thinking of.
  9. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    I think I might get one of those, the problem is choosing which one to get..., anyways thanks for the help
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I recommend the Gigabyte motherboard. I have usually found them to be much more trouble-free compared to ASUS mobos. Build quality is the same for both though.
  11. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    ok, thanks a ton, Ill write here if my problem is resolved but can that GB mobo run on a quad core processor cause thats what I have
  12. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Looks cool, but I'd recommend the Antec Nine Hundred instead for its better cooling system and build quality.
     
  14. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    I checked on newegg.com, it seems to be a pit pricy for a computer case, 109.00
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Oops, I meant the Three Hundred. Sorry!
  16. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    ha its cool, i looked at it, and one review says its length is a bit shallow and some parts of it are cheap
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    One review is nothing to judge it by. And the vast majority of reviews on it are good, so I don't see any reason not to buy it. Antec usually makes decent products, so I'd recommend it.

    And from what I can see, it's the same size as any other mid-tower case.

    Still, if you want alternatives, I recommend this and this case.
  18. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    hmm... but what do you think of alien ware cases, i mean they are built for gaming and serious upgrades
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Not really. It's marketing, pure and simple. And AFAIK, Alienware do not sell cases. They only sell overpriced PCs.
  20. Tazman526

    Tazman526 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    haha, but some of there stuff is really up to date, not that I would buy one in this economy...
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