I am thinking of upgrading my Asus A7V333 motherboard as this only supports AGP 4X whereas my graphics card, a Sapphire Radeon 9700, is 8X compaible.
I believe that a reformat and reinstall is recomended following such an upgrade but just how vital is this because I don't really want to go throgh the motions of reinstalling everything on my machine.
I think Highly recommended is the best phrase. If you don't you may have unusual and dfficult to pinpoint problems.
I would question the wisdom of putting in a new motherboard if the sole reason is to get 8x AGP instead of 4x. I just cannot imagine the performance gain would be worth it. I'm willing to be proven wrong if you have some good benchmarks that say otherwise, using the processor and RAM (or very similar), to that which you have now.
The Sack, would it not be possible to just install the drivers for the different chipset, assuming the PC would boot following the upgrade
You make a good point about performance gain, DieSee. I don't have any evidence to support this but just assumed that there would be a noticible improvment.
The other thing is that I am thining of building a PC for my son and was considering using my existing motherboard, processor and RAM for this purpose.
The other compoenents I currenly have are an AMD XP2000+ and 512MB of PC2700 RAM and yet I still suffer some slow down when playing some games, althugh this may be the result of something else. This never used to be a problem and I am now running games at a lower resolution becaus I have a TFT monitor. I did reformat my drive a couple of months ago and now use NTFS as opposed to FAT32 so I don't know if this is the cause. I have the latest drivers for my graphics card.
forgot to mention. Look out for use of single/double sided memory. If I use double sided memory in banks 1 and 2 then bank three should not be used. If it is, then banks 2 and 3 will only read one side.
Not sure if it is the same as the AK77 you have chosen.
Regards Brian j
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