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I'm slosly going to try to upgrade my pc. I was reading a few guides and they said to first make sure the motherboard is capable of handling the upgrades. How do i see my current motherboard's limits? I'm not even sure what my current motherboard's name is. Here is some info, let me know if you need more.


SiSoftware Sandra



Host Name : HOME

User : Alex

Domain : HOME



Model : Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 1.60GHz

Speed : 1.60GHz

Performance Rating : PR1755 (estimated)

Type : Standard

L2 On-board Cache : 256kB ECC Synchronous ATC (8-way sectored, 64 byte line size)

L3 On-board Cache : 256kB ECC Burst Write-Back



Bus(es) : X-Bus AGP PCI IMB USB i2c/SMBus

MP Support : 1 CPU(s)


System BIOS : Phoenix Technologies LTD 6.00

Mainboard : TriGem Computer, Inc. Dublin

Total Memory : 255MB SDRAM


Chipset 1

Model : Trigem Computer Inc 82845MP Brookdale Host-Hub Interface Bridge (B0-step)

Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 100MHz (400MHz data rate)

Total Memory : 256MB SDRAM

Memory Bus Speed : 1x 133MHz (133MHz data rate)


Video System

Monitor/Panel : Plug and Play Monitor

Adapter : NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro

Imaging Device : Logitech QuickCam Express #4


Physical Storage Devices

Removable Drive : Floppy disk drive

Hard Disk : Maxtor 4D060H3




Logical Storage Devices

1.44MB 3.5" (A:) : N/A

Hard Disk (C:) : 57.2GB (34.1GB, 59% Free) (NTFS)





Serial/Parallel Port(s) : 2 COM / 1 LPT

USB Controller/Hub : Intel® 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2442

USB Controller/Hub : Intel® 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2444

USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub

USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub

Keyboard : Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard

Mouse : PS/2 Compatible Mouse


MultiMedia Device(s)

Device : MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device

Device : Standard Game Port

Device : SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio


Communication Device(s)

Device : Conexant SoftK56 Modem(M)


Printers and Faxes

Model : Brother HL-1440 series


Operating System(s)

Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP/2002 Home (Win32 x86) 5.01.2600 (Service Pack 2)


Network Services

Network Drivers Enabled : Yes

Adapter : ADMtek AN983 10/100 PCI Adapter


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Well it appears from the BIOS string that the mainboard is made by Trigem and the chipset is the 845MP. This most likely means that you are going to be limited to the old 400FSB CPU's, the Northwood core Celeron's and P4's which are very hard to find now I'm afraid frown


It's possible that the mainboard will support the 533FSB P4's as well, but I don't see the model number so I can't tell you which it is. Perhaps if you open the case and look inside with a flashlight to see if anything is stamped on the mainbaord.

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