Onboard video chipset: Nvidia GTX285 compatability

By Peasant79
Dec 24, 2010
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  1. If a motherboard has an onboard video chipset, can you still install a graphics card into the PCI Express slot and use it? For example, if one were to purchase a motherboard with an ATI onboard video chipset, would it still be compatible with an Nvidia GTX 285?

    I think I need a new motherboard for under $100. I built my computer over 2 years ago and the motherboard had an Nvidia nForce 780i SLI chipset, but I can't seem to find any motherboard on newegg.com(where I generally shop for computer parts) that has this chipset.

    Any recommendations on a good, cheap mother board that can support 4 gig DDR2 RAM, Socket LGA 775, Intel Q9450 processor, and an Nvidia GTX 285 graphics card?
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,256   +110

    Yes.
    Why do you need a new motherboard, your setup is pretty old.
  3. Peasant79

    Peasant79 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I think I may have fried my mother board. Its either that or the CPU. I posted a description of my problem here:

    I posted a description of my problem in the Windows BSOD, Freezing, Restarting Help forum. I'd provide the link but unfortunately I can't because I am not a level 5 or higher here yet.

    I'm not getting any BIOS beeps whatsoever.

    So I can use a Nvidia Graphics card with an ATI board?
    Is there any physical way to tell if a motherboard or CPU is destroyed? I've looked both over and they look fine to me.

    My setup is old but I can't afford to upgrade. I have to cheaply make do with what I have and add whatever component is faulty.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,256   +110

    Yes, like I said.
    Easiest way is to test it IMO. If you can, borrow a friends, though that's sort of a hassle for them.


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