Hi, I'm fairly new to computing and bought 'this',(my first pc since my 48k Spectrum),around 6 months ago!...I think i got ripped off,its supposed to be an Athlon1800xp but ive just realised that its actually a 1200 thats been overclocked to 1500...i think!,but thats another story,... Anyway,I want to upgrade the processor,ram & graphics card(nvidia g-force mx440), but how do i find out what is compatible with my motherboard,etc...its a 'VIA KT4V MS-6712(v1.X) ATX Mainboard',I know the 'ram' is easy to sort out but what about the rest? I fancy something around 2.4Ghz and a 'creative labs 256 3d blaster 5 FX5600' card. Ive tried lookin on the 'net' for some advice, but 'no-joy'and my hours of work make it difficult to get to any of the pc shops. Any help would be much appreciated,:confused: Cheers! :)
hmmm....can u find that mobo's website for me? if its a old mobo, it wont run the new cpu's. almost all soundcards and video cards work wit any mobo....but the vid card needs a certain AGP slot speed. again, if u can find the mobo's website, i can find more of this out.
That motherboard will accept an AMD Athalon processor at speeds up to the 2800+ Model, and it includes an 8X AGP port, so it'll support just about any video card.... In conclusion, yes, your upgrade WILL work...that's a burn about the clock speed being wrong, though... Just in case you haven't googled it yet, here's a copy of the specs: Specifications: CPU: Support Socket A (Socket 462) for AMD Athlon / Athlon XP / Duron processor. Support 600MHz up to 2600+ MHz processor and higher. Chipset: VIA KT400 chipset (552 BGA): SB 200/266MHz; AGP 8X and PCI advanced high performance memory controller. VIA VT8235 chipset (376 BGA): High Bandwidth V-link Client controller; Integrated aster Ethernet LPC; Integrated Hardware Sound Blaster/Direct Sound AC97 audio; Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode PCI EIDE controller; Integrated USB 2.0 Host Controller; ACPI. FSB: 200/266/333 MHz clocks are supported. Main Memory: Supports up to four memory banks using three 184-pin DDR SDRAMs. Supports up to 3GB memory size. Support 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM. Supports DDR200/266/333/400 memory. Slots: One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) slot: AGP specification compliant; Supports AGP 2.0 4x/8x. Six 32-bit PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface). On-Board IDE: An IDE controller on the VT8235 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes. Can connect up to 4 IDE devices. Audio: Chip integrated (6-channel S/W audio): Direct Sound AC97 Audio; 6-channel analog output. On-Board Peripherals: 1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes. 2 serial ports (COM A + COM B). 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode. 1 IrDA connector for SIR/ASKIR/HPSIR. 1 audio port. 1 D-Bracket2 pinheader. 1 Bluetooth pinheader. On-Board 10/100 ethernet. VIA 6103 phy. BIOS: The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically. The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications. Dimension: 30.4 cm(L) x 21 cm(W) ATX Form Factor. Mounting: 6 mounting holes.
Cheers!, Any recommendations on the processor,am i right in thinking theres different sort's,ie..Celeron,Duron,etc...Whats the difference and which should I go for? Also,will I need to consider upgrading other parts like heatsinks or fans,or do these sort of things generally come with the upgrades?...I know...I'm not too clued up yet! Thanks again for the help!! :smokin:
once again....tom does his hardware magic! :) thats a nice mob u got there too
GullarmCheers!, Any recommendations on the processor,am i right in thinking theres different sort's,ie..Celeron,Duron,etc...Whats the difference and which should I go for? Also,will I need to consider upgrading other parts like heatsinks or fans,or do these sort of things generally come with the upgrades?...I know...I'm not too clued up yet! Thanks again for the help!! :smokin:
Well, for someone with your....shall we say...technical expertise...do yo think you should be doing it yourself at all? Well, as I said, that board will only take an AMD Athalon processor up to the 2800+ Model. An intel processor is COMPLETELY different and youldn't work/fit in that particular MOBO. The motherboard's fine, just get an Athalon 2800+ that you can slap in...see if it comes with a new heatsink/fan....
Hmmm,you've got a point there...I fitted my own Graphics card and RAM when i first got my pc without too much trouble though,everything just sort of 'slotted in',Im assuming its pretty much the same thing with the cpu etc,but it may not be a bad idea to seek some help...I dont want to bite off more than i can chew!! Mucho' appreciate the help, Cheers! I'll let you know if it all goes 'pop-fizzle'!! lol:naughty:
lol.....thats what i hate....not everything works with everything!
Uh mofo....as long as it's made for the X86 architecture, almost anything CAN work with anything....given that you're not foolish enough to screw it up (But everyone get's ONE freebie...)
If your going to buy a video card DO NOT buy a Geforce MX card, no matter what anyone says, believe me. I have been ripped off by the MX brand 2 times, once on Geforce 2 MX and next on Geforce 4 MX, yea it's a bit cheaper but the performance comparing to an authentic Geforce 4 Ti model is cut severely. Believe me don't waste your money on a MX brand, When i bought my new Geforce 4 Ti4200 i noticed a HUGE performance gain, I was so happy to finally have a respectable cards, also not that DEUS EX 2 and most newer games WILL NOT support MX cards because of their lack of abilities. they should rename the Geforce cards to Geforce 4 SLOW(MX) and Geforce 4 FAST (Ti). and by the way your motherboard only supports AMD chips. so slap a XP 2800+ OR better yet a 2400+ (2400+ have recently dropped in price and you can grab it for like 75$ US) it runs at 2GHZ and its a nice chip.