Solved What's the best that Geforce6100sm-m v1 mobo is capable of?

November 10, 2015 at 03:24:18
Specs: Windows 10, AMD Athlon 64x2 / 4gb RAM
Hi everyone.

Now I know the most obvious answer is 'your motherboard is ancient get a new one'. But bear with me!

I have recently inherited lots of old computer parts and now I'm retired I'd like to teach myself how to 'upgrade' various components of a motherboard. As this is an older one and not really worth anything I figured it would be a good place to start.

My questions are:

1. I have two spare processors. Both are AMD Athlon 64 x2, one is 5000+ 2600mhz and one is 6000+ 3100mhz. Is it safe to say the second one is a better performer (at least in theory)?

2. I could potentially put RAM of 8gb in the motherboard. The specification on the mobo's website doesn't make much sense to me because on one hand it says the maximum is 4gb but on the other it says 64 bit installations of Windows have no such limit. you think it will take 8gb or not?

3. I have a spare Radeon 7790 GPU which is clearly way better than the on-board graphics. There's a PCI Express slot that it would fit into. Question is - would it be able to take it? There's a 400w power supply if that helps.

Sorry for the stupid questions but I hope you'll appreciate that I'm a novice with this stuff and what seems obvious to some is less obvious to me at the moment.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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November 10, 2015 at 15:11:31
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Here's my answers:

1. Yes, the 6000+ should perform better than the 5000+; it also requires more power...89W vs 65W.

2. The max RAM your board can handle is 16GB (2 x 8GB). Generally speaking, if you're running a 32-bit operating system, it's pointless to install more than 4GB because anything in access of 4GB will not be used. 64-bit operating systems have RAM limitations too but the limits are much MUCH higher. For example, the limit for Win10 Home x64 is 128GB...the limit for higher end versions of Win10 x64 is 2TB! For optimal performance, RAM should be installed in matched pairs so as to activate dual channel mode.

3. The HD 7970 is a gaming card requiring a 6-pin PCIe power plug & consuming up to 150W under full load. If you only have a 400W PSU, it had better be a darn good one. And you should be aware that the PCIe x16 slot on your board only runs in x8 mode.

Here's your board info:

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November 11, 2015 at 03:18:36
Thanks, riider. That's a really helpful post and I'm very appreciative of your time.

All the best.

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