Compatible upgrades MB/Graphics?

January 8, 2009 at 09:39:28
Specs: XP SP3, Dual core 2.4/2gb
I have a PC with the following specifications, which I am taking out of "mothballs" (it's also a very long time since I played around inside a box, so I'm hoping for some more knowledgeable input!)

MB: A7NX8-VM Micro ATX MB + Geforce 4 VGA (SMA)
Onboard graphics: 128mb Geforce4 (shared-mem onboard A7N8X-VM)
RAM: 256MB PC2700 DDR-Memory (333mhz)
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2400+ CPU 266mhz)

I have the following components available from a couple of other defunct systems, and I was wondering if I could use them to upgrade this one?

RAM: 512mb (2x256mb) PC2700 DDR-memory (333mhz)

This was from an Intel based system, but presumably that doesn't matter and I can just swap them for the 256 stick?

The alternative is

RAM: 1024mb (2x512mb) PC3200 DDR-Memory (400mhz)

However, the MB manual says PC3200 is only supported using an add-on VGA card so I'm, assuming this is a non-starter

I also have a GeForce 6600 (128mb DDR-FX 6600-TV Out-DVI-PCI-E), and I was wondering if that could be fitted to override the onboard graphics?

The MB has AGP 8X support, and the card is designed for PCI Express (but has AGP 8X support). However, the MB manual also mentions "only supporting 1.5V AGP 8X/4X mode graphics cards for 3D graphical applications", and I haven't been able to cross-reference this against anything on the card's specs so I'm not sure if it's important or not.

This is a back-up system I'll be using mainly for basic music editing, and will probably run what I need with the specs it has. However, if I can use these upgrades without running the risk of hosing my system, I'd like to do so.

Advice/comment/opinion as always most welcome!

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January 8, 2009 at 09:55:23
Your board has an AGP slot so if you wanna use discrete graphics rather than the onboard, you'll have to get an AGP card. A PCI-e video card obviously won't fit in an AGP slot.

As for the RAM, install the 2 x 512MB PC3200, then change the memory setting in the BIOS to run it at 266MHz to match the CPU FSB.

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January 8, 2009 at 13:28:36

Thanks! Just as well I checked - I think I need to go back to "school" and take the A1 I keep thinking about!


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