Originally Posted by A Legend of Sorts
Originally Posted by Ben the OCer
I'm not sure what your budget is but if your getting a totally new motherboard you might as well move to a more modern socket. For example you could get an Asrock H61 ITX LGA1155 mobo
+ Celeron G1610
(Ivy Bridge) for a little over $100. Then just throw in some cheap DDR3 ram and you have a pretty cheap upgrade and move away from the dead end LGA775 socket. You could also try going second hand either on OCN marketplace or eBay and get even lower prices. For example I have a spare Celeron G540 (Sandy Bridge) and I'm sure I could find some DDR3 RAM lying around, I'm not trying to sell you stuff but that's just an example (but if your interested your welcome to PM me). Just a thought but I'm not sure if that kind of upgrade is a viable option. I'm just not a fan of throwing money at a dead socket and old hardware.
TBH I don't have much money like <$75 I found this though on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Executive-Mini-ITX-Graphics-1333MHz/dp/B001BN17ZM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1375150693&sr=1-1&keywords=Intel
Would those intel graphics with my CPU be good enough for 720p and 1080p video playback?
Well that Intel Q45 motherboard uses the GMA4500 IGP. According to a forum post it can handle 1080P (source
) but I can't say from first hand experience. This is only one source so take it for what it is.
What is wrong with the Zotac board that you need to switch? Is it overheating or causing instability issues? The Zotac board has a full x16 PCI-E slot but the Intel only has a x1 slot. So if you did want to upgrade the video card it would be possible (by cutting the plastic at the back of the slot or using a riser adapter and cutting that), but it would be hard and bandwidth limited.