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I am looking at upgrading my cpu and motherboard and was wondering what would be a good one to buy, and if I should be looking at one that had sound and video on board or not.
 
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Look into getting new memory as well if your new board will not support your old memory. Heard a lot of good things about Abit boards. I would stay away from anything with embedded audio, video or NIC. If they are onboard you are screwed if they go bad and cannot disable them. Add on cards will go bad as well, but you can just pop in a new one.
 
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Yeah... onboard audio and video is usually the bear minimun quality, so it isn't worth it to get a board with them on. Also, mobos with onboard video usually don't (I don't think) come with an AGP slot. I think those are better to use with vid cards.
 
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Not true! You should be able to disable any hardware device on your motherboard. And about 95% of them should come with an AGP slot.

I’m not a big fan of motherboards with embedded audio, video or NICs. But this one board blew my mind. It was an Asus, cant remember the model #, but it came with audio and video. P3 700MHz, 128MB Ram, 10GB HD, WinME. Ran it side by side with another new system, with an Asus board without the embedded audio or video. P3 1GHz, 256MB ECC, 40GB HD, SoundBlaster Live, ATI all-in-wonder and WinME. Believe it or not the 700MHz PC booted 1 sec slower.
Good Luck
 
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