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Lord of the View

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Hello. Could you please recommend a motherboard with a LGA775 Socket, 945g chipset, and will support these features. I need a new motherboard because my new CPU is not compatible with my current motherboard. I do not want to replace any of my hardware. So it needs 4 ram slots, two PCIx 16 slots. I have attached my Everest report, if that helps.

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What processor have you bought?

According to Abit, your board supports up to a 3.8Ghz P4.
http://www2.abit.com...AA8XE/index.php

Also according to your log, there has been at least one BIOS update for that board, which may help it recognise whatever your new processor is.
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he bought a core 2 duo and his current board doesn;t support it, My suggestion is to either go for a newer asus board or a The Gigabyte D3 board. The Gigabyte D3 will match all your specs up there except it only has one x16 slot.
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I bought a Pentium D 3.4 Dual Core. It is a 945G chipset, but my current board is a 925XE.
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The best board out there right now is in my opinion the Gigabyte D3 or get a newer asus board. My p5ld2 is good and it is compatible with the entire pentium D series.
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What about this board?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121291
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I would buy a 965 board. most wont cost that much extra, and you have the Core2Duo\Quadro upgrade option in the future
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The problem is that I already have the 945G CPU.
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you can use any Intel 775 socket with a 965 or 975 board. Whether it be a Pentium 4, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo, and if you get the right revision board a Core 2 Extreme or Core 2 Quadro.
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have a look here at these intel boards, then match that chipset with a gigabyte asus or the brand you are after.
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This has never really been explained to me. Chipsets. How much do they effect which CPU you can use? Can one of those 965 or 975 boards work with a 945G?

Edited by Lord of the View, 18 January 2007 - 06:10 AM.

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945, 965 and 975 are the motherboard chipsets. By looking at that link you can start to understand things. Look around for the type of motherboard you need, like size (ATX, BTX, EATX etc) the type of chipset like 945, 965 that will match your socket, when you have narrowed down to a few, choose from options like 5.1, 7.1 channel sound, PCI-e or AGP and so on untill you find the board you want. Go to Gigabyte or Asus etc. website and match up the board to one of their products.
Look at the 965LT board then compare it to a 965S3 from gigabyte. Both cost about the same.

Edited by sarahw, 18 January 2007 - 06:24 AM.

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I am not 100% on this but from what I understand the restriction of a cpu does not really come from the north/southbridge chipset and rather from the voltage restrictions of the socket dictated by the motherboard. I would definatel not recommend the board you were looking at it, however I would recommend looking at the 965 chipset boards, specifically a Gigabyte or DFI or Asus board as they come with great features. Also your pentium D is a 945 i believe that does not confine it to the 945 g chipset, thats just its intel identified ie. 920,930,940 and so on.
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I believe he's confusing socket type (LGA 775) with chipset (945,965,etc). Your CPU is socket type LGA 775, it is not chipset specific. The socket type refers to the CPU and the mobo, they have to match. There are various chipsets (mobos) that support the same socket type. However, just because the socket type matches, doesn't necessarily mean that the mobo supports your CPU. It can be confusing, but if you read the description of the motherboards you are looking at, it will tell you specifically what type of CPU that the mobo supports.

You NEED a board that supports the Pentium D series, but you (as others pointed out) should WANT a board that supports C2D for future upgrade possibilities. If you're not concerned with extreme overclocking or SLI, then you should consider looking at this board:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128017

Good luck.

Edited by kidnova, 18 January 2007 - 01:02 PM.

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