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My pc is running a Intel D915GLVG motherboard (775 socket) which has onboard graphics, I need to up grade graphics badly for gaming (CCS).. now my problem is this, the D915GLVG has not got either a AGP or a PCI-Express socket (making upgrading graphics impossible as far as i know). My question is this, if i put in a new motherboard and graphics card with my current HDD and other hardware in it will it boot from my current OS with all my current settings/installations intact or are things not that simple, would i have to re load windows ect and carry out an effective re-build?

if this is possible what problems am i likely to encounter?

Thanks for your time, and i apologise for any inaccuracies in my description my knowlage of computer hardware is very new and lacking to say the least so relatively easy to understand instruction would be appreciated.

T-dub! :whistling: :blink:

Edited by T-dub, 11 June 2006 - 05:21 PM.

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Download and install Everest Home Edition

Run the programme, click + next to computer then + next to motherboard, click motherboard, look for expansion slots, PCI is OK to upgrade to
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Is this the information you were suggesting i turn up..
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do you man i can get a graphics card to fit in to a regular PCI socket?

if so can you point me towards one.

i would still like know if what i initially suggested is possible as im likely to want to upgrade further in the future (born fiddler) and i think as a half decent motherboard would be a good base for this, if i can get one in there now without causing too much disturbance.

Edited by T-dub, 11 June 2006 - 05:35 PM.

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ATI Radeon 9200

System Requirements
Intel® Pentium® 4/III/II/Celeron™, AMD® K6/Duron™/Athlon®/Athlon XP® or compatible with AGP 2X (3.3V), 4X (1.5V), 8X (0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (2X/4X/8X) or PCI bus.
64MB of system memory
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
DVD playback requires DVD drive

It shows a PCI-E slot?
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ATI Radeon 9200

System Requirements
Intel® Pentium® 4/III/II/Celeron™, AMD® K6/Duron™/Athlon®/Athlon XP® or compatible with AGP 2X (3.3V), 4X (1.5V), 8X (0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (2X/4X/8X) or PCI bus.
64MB of system memory
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
DVD playback requires DVD drive


I think that is a yes, so thanks Keith for your help


It shows a PCI-E slot?


Its highly likely that my lacking knowlage is hindering my forward progress in this, yes it does show a PCI-E x1 socket, but a have yet to see a graphics card which fits one, as far as i know all or most of the graphics cards which use PCI-E use PCI-E Architecture x16??
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:whistling: check with the PC shop you will get the Radeon from

Nvidia may also have a PCI card
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I hope X1 means there is one on the board


having looked at my mother board and its stats on the intel website, i think it does not..

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Edited by T-dub, 11 June 2006 - 06:05 PM.

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Yes, I noticed the way it is show in Everest, usually they have whatever x1 or x3, then I saw it specifically had 1 PCI-E, sorry
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i understand.. thank you very much for you help :whistling:
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