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Should I get a new MoBo?

By skatea23
Jan 9, 2005
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  1. Hello! :wave:
    I'm currently running a 2 year old computer. I'm beginning to realize just how cheap my MoBo (MS-6577) is. I think my processor (P4 2.53 GHz) is "fine" and my nVidia GeForce 440 MX 128 MB does "alright." (Also I just OC'd the graphics card from 250 MHz / 300 MHz to 310 MHz / 460 MHz so it works even better). And I've got 512 MB PC2100 RAM.

    So here's where I need advice...
    I basically want to increase the performance without totally upgrading my system. Should I:

    1) Get more PC2100 RAM
    2) Get a better graphics card
    3) Get a better MoBo that can support better RAM and then get better RAM.


    Oh and in general can one use PC2100 and say PC3200 on the same board at once (assuming both are supported)? I'd hate to just toss my 512 MB stick.
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    I would replace the board. That leaves you open for better upgrades down the road. There is a good chance that with a new board you can run your PC2100 memory at 2700 and you can probably OC your processor. Also some of the MX440's were 8x. If yours is it will give you better performance in a board with 8x AGP.
  3. skatea23

    skatea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool... thanks for the advice. I never thought about overclocking the RAM. My GeForce is actually a 4X since, my current board doesn't have 8X. But at least I could then upgrade the graphics card later.

    Anyone have any advice as to any nice socket478 boards? :grinthumb
  4. Son of Sam

    Son of Sam TS Rookie Posts: 62

    ill answer this one before zephead does. he loves this board. the Intel D865PERL. all i know is he wont shut up about it. im sure he'll be glad to give you the specs. or check out intel site
  5. skatea23

    skatea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool... looks great, might not fit though, I'll have to power down and check out my case. Maybe zephead knows if you can use PC2100 and PC3200 together on it?

    :( alas... my case cannot accomodate the Intel D865PERL :(
    The best I could tell with all my components in, is the board is 9.6" x 9.6"
    The board is described as uATX but I don't know what that means. Would mATX work?

    Any other MoBo ideas?
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9



    Definitely 2, get a better graphics card.

    Take a look at where your card usually ranks: http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031229/vga-charts-03.html#unreal_tournament_2003
  7. skatea23

    skatea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wow - guess my card does suck. And here I thought it was pretty good. Of course their settings are lower than mine and they make no mention of the amount of memory on the card they used.

    However, after I did some quick looking, are there even any graphics cards worth investing in that work with a 4X AGP slot?
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Yes, most AGP 8x cards should work in AGP 4x slots just fine.
  9. skatea23

    skatea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks! I also found this little note on another forum.

  10. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Don't mix different speed RAM.
    If a 2100 and a 3200 are on the same mobo (provided they are both supported in the first place), both will only work at 2100 speed.
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