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Old 11-12-2003, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm selecting between two motherboards (Asrock K7VM2 and K7VT2), almost identical except that one of them has on-board video and the other one does not.
Price being almost the same, do I run incompatibility risks by getting the board with integrated graphics if I put an AGP video card in it? l plan to eventually get the ATI AIW Radeon 7500 or 9000pro.

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Old 11-12-2003, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would strongly recommend getting seperate chips for everyhting.. mobo seperate from vid card, sound card, etc.. cause what companies tend to do is build their onboard cards in such a way that if you want to get an upgrade you would have to go through them.. I have had very bad experiences with this and my compaq..

not sure if the company your talking about would do this, but i wouldnt take the risk since its at the same price range anway.
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I agree with placebo. Compaq has had (or still have) a bad reputation for being hard to upgrade. These two mobo's will work fine with a newer radeon card, should you decide to get one
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Thank you folks for the answers.
You sure know how to make a virgin techie feel more secure
The K7Vm2 is more bang for the buck, so I'll go with that.

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Old 11-12-2003, 07:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if my opinions not too late.

if ur gonna be using ur computer for gaming which most likely probably are, dont buy a mobo with integrated graphics, buy the one without because u pay extra for that integrated graphics.

just buy one without and go buy a used video card under 20 dollars and it should last u until u get your radeon
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Old 11-12-2003, 11:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Your opinion is more than welcome.
In this case, the motherboard with the integrated graphics costs a little less than the other one. They are otherwise identical. It looks like a supply driven price in that case. I'm buying from www.newegg.com which is a reputable vendor.

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