New Motherboard, Old Parts

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
I just had a Gigabyte GA-8IGX motherboard go bad, and so I want to replace it and replace as little else as possible. My old motherboard uses the Intel 845G chipset. I have a Northwood P4 2.4GHz Socket 478 CPU running on it. It has 1 GB of 184-pin PC2700 installed. It has a 400/533 MHz FSB.

I am considering replacing it with a Via PM8M-V motherboard. This new board has a Socket 478 connector with an 800/533 MHz FSB. It calls for 184-pin PC 3200 DDR.  

My question is whether the new board should work with all my old hardware, or if there are some issues I need to be aware of. Specifically, will I be able to use my old CPU and RAM? Will I need to reinstall Windows to get it to work due to a new chipset? If so, would there be any way around that?

Thanks for the help.
Question by:Arbanak
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    The PM8M-V motherboard actually supports FSB 400/533/800 Mhz so no problems there.

    As for the memory, your old board supported DDR200/266 SDRAM and the new board you are looking at supports DDR333/400 SDRAM.  Both of these are 2.5v 168pin although after reading the compatability report on the PM8M-V motherboard, MSI state that it is compatable with some PC2100 DDR RAM (DDR-266) and also PC2700 DDR RAM (DDR-333) Check here for a full list of Memory Modules supported:

    Where windows is concerned it is possible that with a bit of hard work you can use the same instalation, sometimes it is a smooth run, but on occations you might be better off reinstalling.

    Hope this answers your questions.
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    >>   Will I need to reinstall Windows to get it to work due to a new chipset   << you can try this :      move XP to other mobo;nl;314070                       "     "     "    "      "    

    but if possible, backup your data and do a fresh install

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