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04-Feb-2009, 07:30 PM #16
You're right. I never saw that on the site before.

I just tried it and it ID'd my board, but it's a standard Intel board. I saved the link and will try it on the 1st proprietary Intel board I get in for service.

Thanks for the link.
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04-Feb-2009, 10:43 PM #17
i found the board number, under a small sticker under my video card. Its an intel DP965SB which i can't find in their motherboard listings. sorry for misleading you, i don't want to try to install a BIOS from the DP965LT because my luck my computer would explode

newegg doesn't refund processors, so im gonna fufill my long lost dream, have a custom built computer, im buying a new motherboard, case, and powersupply. anyone have any suggestions so i don't screw up like this again.
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05-Feb-2009, 07:37 AM #18
To the best of my knowledge, all "mass produced" machine manufacturers such as Dell, Gateway, HP, etc. use manufacturer proprietary motherboards. If a motherboard is manufacturer proprietary the board will not be listed on the board manufacturers site and will have a different designation as you have just determined.

I have seen numerous instances both here at TSG and other support sites where people have mistakenly believed that their proprietary board was the same as a board manufacturers standard board and have tried to update the BIOS from the board manufacturers site, rather than from the system builder site.

Intel explains how to identify boards using the BIOS string for identification which is discussed here;

http://www.intel.com/support/motherb.../CS-009015.htm

The only way to keep from making mistakes with a new build is to take the time to thoroughly research to see if a particular processor is supported by a particular board. I see it quite often here at TSG and other tech sites where people purchase a processor that is not supported by a specific board, even though the supported processor information is available at the board manufacturers site.

Part of the problem is because a board manufacturer may say in the general description of the board that for instance the board supports Core 2 Duo processors, however when you get to that manufacturers list of specific Core 2 Duo processors they find that the processor they have purchased is not on the supported processor list even though they have purchased a processor stated in the general description.
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06-Feb-2009, 09:21 PM #19
well the mobo im looking at supports the processor i bought, thank god. Now i just gotta save up the money for it. You guys seem to be geniuses, and i would love to know a few things for building my own rig. Im buying a power supply, case and mobo. But one thing i really would like to know is how to tell how fast a processor is, and what the GHz number means, as well as overclocking, and cache. I read a thing on howstuffworks about processors and how they work, but it never really explained the speed part, instead i learned all the fancy pancy stuff about them.

My processor specs:
3.16GHz
FSB 1333
L2 Cache 6mb
PCG 06
really if theres a forum thread that has this info, that'd be fine
thanks tho for the help so far, i probly still wouldn't know if you guys hadn't helped
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06-Feb-2009, 09:55 PM #20
Two things I do know just a little about:

1) Don't skimp on the power supply. Cheap power supplies, even with high wattage ratings, can imitate all sorts of spurious problems and can ruin a main board.

2) Overclocking is popular among gamers. It causes instability and data corruption. If you do any overclocking, don't store anything on the system you care about, not unless you have made an external backup. And be prepared to deal with a crashed system on a regular basis.

There will be those here who will extol the virtues of their stable, overclocked system. But remember this, processor manufacturers are in a speed war with each other and they have already clocked their processors as fast as they can without losing market share to bad reviews.
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08-Feb-2009, 02:05 PM #21
Alex,
As you originally said Win2K speaks from experience on Intel matters for sure and a 965 chipset is not going to work with a 45nm cpu, that has to be the issue. Even many 35 chipset boards will not except with a bios update.
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