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    Smile need advice:Mainboard upgrade

    Hi there guys.

    Just had a couple of Q's i wanted to ask aye.

    Basically i've got a old MK40VN motherboard : specs are SHUTTLE COMPUTER MK40VN
    SHUTTLE MK40VN KM400, 333FSB, SOCKET A, 2PCI, AGP8X, CNR 2DDR333 DIMM, AUDIO, VIDEO, LAN, UDMA 133, USB2.0 MICRO ATX,

    which fits my 2800+ Athlon CPU and gf2 mx/mx400 gcard and was wondering what i would need to change gcard into a radeon x300SE 128mb gcard. Because my cool friend just gave the radeon for free!. (pretti kool) and just don't know what motherboard requirements i would need to fit this radeon.

    Hope its not too much trouble guys!

    cheers

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    unfortunately i don't think there are any socket a motherboards with pci-express. you'd have to upgrade your cpu as well

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    really!? OMg thats sad that means my upgrades would cost more than my gcard?

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    afraid so. you'd be looking at apending at least £70 for a new cpu/motherboard upgrade, for which you could buy a half decent agp graphics card that would fit your current system

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    The most advanced chipset to be used on Socket A was nForce 2, so considering that PCI-E was only introduced to AMD platforms with nForce 4 then it shows just how much the platforms and CPU technology has progressed. Having said that if you were to upgrade to a newer motherboard and CPU it would also give you much better perforance too as well as allowing you to use your freebie graphics card
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    yeah, you guys r right, indeed better performance but i dun need it since i got some games and they're working fine atm but yeah, if i upgrade to my radeon would i need a new motherboard for the PCIE and derefore a cpu or Cpu's work with either technology.

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    Unfortunately the mobo you'd need to support PCIEx would not support your Socket A CPU. So, it's not that Socket A won't work with PCIEx, just that there's no mobo (at least that I've heard of) that has both Socket A and PCIEx. I'd guess that this is because there's no chipset that supports SocketA (ala. nForce2) which also supports PCIEx (ala. nForce4)
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    dam, well thanx a lot ajones, philipbain and chazt for da replies, appreciate it aye, guess i'll just keep this gcard for the near future, mite come in handy sometime

    cheers guys

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