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Change Mobo and Processor without format ?

Q: Change Mobo and Processor without format ?

Is it possible to change motherboard and proc without reformat ? Perhaps a repair install ? Possible with windows 7 x64 or not ? Windows 7 x64 7137 BTW.

Preferred Solution: Change Mobo and Processor without format ?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Change Mobo and Processor without format ?

Quote: Originally Posted by ghost301

Is it possible to change motherboard and proc without reformat ? Perhaps a repair install ? Possible with windows 7 x64 or not ? Windows 7 x64 7137 BTW.

Welcome to Win7Forums Ghost!

It is definately not true that you have to reinstall Windows with a MOBO/Processor change. 7 is smart enough to detect the processor and use it, the only issue might be the MOBO. 7 will more than likely load a default driver for it but you may want to load the manufacture version to make sure you can use all the features of it.

Hope This Helps

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Ok i bought a Compaq Presario SR1103WM ( $498 ) , from Wal-Mart.

Now i now find out the damn thing does not have a agp slot in it , so am wondering is it possible to put a new Motherboard into it ?.
Currently it has a 2.53gig processor in it. It has a celeron D 325 processor in it and 256k pc 2700 of ram ( sdram ).

If i can change the moither board what would be a compatible combo set ? , i know i would need to have a processor installed on the new mobo , i was looking for maybe the same processing speed or maybe a little higher if the price isnt extreme. Am prepared to spend around no more than $110 for the Mobo and processor ( already installed on the board ).

A:Presario no AGP :(, so can i change mobo processor cheaply and without complications

I thought Presarios were laptops...

Anyway, with a recent enough nmachines like that you could change just the motherboard, but you'd need to replace all the integrated peripherals on the board, e.g. graphics, sound, network if they weren't on the new board. The RAM and CPU are both recent enough to still be in the same form factor.

However, I've no concept of US prices there days so I'll leave it to some of the north american contingent to give you exact product suggestions.

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Hey guys, I am building my second system and am just wondering what mobo to get.

I don't full understand the advantages that a 64bit system will bring but I know that a dual processor will do wonders for my work flow (I have a 3D modeller who renders alot). I was just wondering if you know of a dual processor mobo which is also 64bit. That would be the best of both worlds in my opinion.

Any advice you can give would be great.

A:64 bit mobo vs dual processor mobo?

Any preferences between intel and AMD?

If you are going AMD, get a socket 939 motherboard with the nforce4 chipset, like this one for example:

Then pop a dual core, 64bit CPU in it:

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I have my files in firefox format..If i want to change the format for only my files without effecting some other files which are in same firefox format...what i need to do?

A:how to change files from firefox format to another format

The simple and obvious answer is to just change the files that you want changed and leave the others alone. But you must have something more in mind.

What is "firefox format"? To what format do you want to change? Using what tool, application or method?

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Okay i asked a question a few days ago pertaining to if my processor was fried or not...now after a little troubleshooting and actually following the directions on the manual of the M/B i see that it was shorted to the case. Could this have effected the processor and cause it not to work? I think it did or that it was damaged from the previous problems i've had. I have the M/B out of the case and on the box it came in and it'll turn on. no beeps or POST but when i hold the power button for 3 secs it goes back off.(I've had the board fixed b/c it shorted and produced a burning smell RMA'd and had it fixed/replaced). Now just to see what'd happen i took the processor out and turned on M/B and oddly it did exactly as it had with the processor in. So you can see why i think it's the processor so before I went out and bought another i'm wanting to know if anyone here could point out something else that might be the problem. (note: nothing connected to board but RAM processor..fans...and power sw,,,power LED etc...)

A:Processor or Mobo

so...can anyone help confer on if the processor is the problem?

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I just got a new motherboard and processor, and I was wondering if I would have to reformat my HD in order for them to work. The mobo is a Microstar MS-6712, and the processor is an AMD Athlon XP2000+. My old stuff was some crappy intel board with a celeron 766 (it was an emachines comp). I'm keeping my hard drive for now, until I can get a new one. My OS is WinXP.

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Your new motherboard should detect the new harddrive and set itself up accordingly. when windows boots, you will just have to install al the drivers that came with your motherboard.

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I lost a motherboard recently. I decided to use this opportunity to upgrade to a dual core processor. I've ordered both the mobo and processor, but what I'd like to know is- what's going to happen when I boot up my old hard drive (XP Media Center Ed.)?

If I remember correctly, XP will basically freak out and say "New hardware detected - you must re-validate XP" (or something to that effect).

Can anyone confirm this for me?


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I'm afraid so, but it usually only takes a telephone call.

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hi i have this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130217, and i want to get a processor for it. i think this is the list that shows what CPU's are compatible with my Mobo http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=prodcpu2&prod_no=1449&maincat_no=1, i think i wanna get a quad core, im looking for something in the 100-175 dollar range, can anyone suggest one or a few?

A:What processor should i get for my Mobo?

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In the near future I plan on replacing my P4 2.66 ghz (socket 478) with a AMD 64 3200+(socket 939). Which means I also will be replacing my mobo. Will I be able to use my current HD with XP or will I have to reinstall everything?

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Ok since my confusion and etc are still around I need to re-ignite this question here are my specs and wants:

I know all of you are trying to help me but I am confused and a bit frustrated. You know what i got hopefully if not here:

Current spec:
motherboard is a Soyo Dragon Plus Kt-333
Processor: AMD Athlong 1.67GHz Xp 2000+
Ram: two g.skill 1 gig DDR ram sets Pc-3200
Video card: Nvidia 7600 GT with 512 ram
Two IDE hard drives
PSU: True antec 430W
CD-rom: 52x speed(no burner)
Pioneer Dvd/cd rom player and burner.

What i want:
A mobo, processor and maybe ram that would let me use my current video card, hard drives and at least my Dvd/cd rom player/burner.

I do not have the money now or for at least 1 year to get a new PC, therefore wanting to do this option. So please let me know the best thing to increase the speed cause i doubt with over-clocking i could play a game like Splinter Cell double agent or Crysis or some others for a while.

If i can get this to be at least 2.4 to 3.2 GHZ great!

Now I need the best solution for this as far as the hardware goes without going to PCI-E, untill i can get afford to get a NEW PC base which will be quite some time unless i can get a job.

So please let me know with links best solutions.

A:Mobo and Processor help once more

ASRock Dual775-VSTA or their quad or whatever the latest edition of that board is. That is about your only hope. It is a budget board, but its solid, I ran it in my main machine for a while.

It will let you run an AGP card and DDR RAM still.

So you'd have to buy a new processor and that motherboard. You could keep your ram and video card. That motherboard is an intel board, so you'd want to go with a Core2Duo processor just because that is the best bang for your buck. Probably something like an E4500.

That board has the bonus of letting you run a PCIe graphics card if you want (AGP or PCIe), but you won't want to go crazy with a PCIe card in it, because its limited to 8x I believe (as opposed to 16x). That isn't a big deal for most games, but I think it would be for Crysis.

Speaking of Crysis, that is a tall order for any system out there now. Only the very very best are able to play Crysis well at max settings, and even then they can't at high resolutions. Crysis really won't run fantastic until the next generation of video cards come out.

Also don't be too concerned with Ghz, they are really only a good measure of performance between the same family of CPUs, outside of that they are relatively worthless. That 4500 I recommended is a 2.2Ghz (I think) and will blow the doors off a Pentium D (dual core) 3.0Ghz.

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I have a recent copy of windows 7 pro purchased online. if i install a new mobo, processor and graphics card will i have to reinstall or repurchase win 7?

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If you purchased a copy then you can re-use it on your upgrade, but you may have to reinstall it if you changing the motherboard - ideally you should reinstall it so it doesn't have all the drivers and configuration of the old system anyway.

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I have a dell dimension 2400 with a 2.66 Ghz P4 processor (and from my research I believe it is on a 478 socket mobo) and recently I've wanted to upgrade my video card (and in the future the HD...the dell only supports an 80 gig drive). The mobo doesn't have an agp slot and the tower only has a 200w power supply, so putting a video card in doesn't seem a very feasible option (especially only a pci card).

I've decided to buy a new case (Dell towers are not ATX) and a new mobo then use the components from my current machine to build the rest. I've never built a computer before, but I've been doing some research and I think this will work. Since I don't have alot of experience, I would like to pose the question here if this will work.

Here are some of the specs from my current machine (that I would like to put in the new machine):
-2.66 Ghz P4 processor socket 478
-640mb ram (PC 2700)
-40 gig HD (I believe it's ATA)
-Sony CD burner
-floppy disk drive

Here's the mobo I am looking at buying:
# MSI PM8M-V Socket 478 VIA P4M800 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

AGP Slots: 1x AGP 4X/8X
CPU Type: Intel Pentium 4/Celeron
DDR Standard: DDR 400 (PC 3200)
FSB: 800/533MHz
Maximum Memory Supported: 2GB
Number of DDR Slots: 2x 184pin DDR
P ATA: 2 x ATA100 up to 4 Devices
PCI Slots: 3
South Bridge: VIA VT8237
Supported CPU Technologies: Hyper-Threading Technology
# Model #: PM8M-V
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A:New mobo for my P4 processor

The problem you are going to be having is determining what in your old system is proprietary. That is ade to Dell specs and only usable on their systems and only replaceable with dell parts. Especially the power supplys and placement of lines on the 20 pin connector being non standard ATX configuration, and motherboards and their mounting holes being specific to Dell cases and not compatable with mounting holes on standard ATX mobos. Another thing is your operating system if it's on a proprietary Dell CD probably won't install on a new non Dell mobo. what I would suggest is sell the Dell and build one from scratch as you are almost going to spend enough buying new things, and for the few dollars more you could get with selling yours you could get hooked up with a nice case good power supply and a decent video card. There are plenty of forums like this one with a lot of knowledgable people that are glad to help you put it together. We all remember when we were new at this too.

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hey. I have narrowed down a problem here but i am still 5 % uncertain. Ok here is whats happening. I have an HP Pavillion Elite m9150f. Recently for some reason it starting malfunctioning. it worked fine and then was shut down. it never rebooted. it keeps restarting even before it sends a signal to the monitor. i thought the PSU was bad but that was wrong. becuase i used a PSU fromanother working PC and the smae thing happened. I then noticed when i left the 4 pin plug for the CPU off the PC stayed on. When i replaced the plugged the problem reappeared.
i took out the processor and the PC stayed on. Put back the processor the problem once again arose. Is it safe to assume that the processor is bad?

A:Processor or Mobo?

I would say yes to a bad CPU but this is very rare. Was the CPU fan/heatsink dirty? Did you apply new thermal compound after cleaning of the old compound?

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I'm rebuilding my PC and have all IDE connections. 3 hard drives, 2 DVD drives (also have a 3rd new sata DVD drive, if I could find a MoBo with IDE and Sata)

The board is dead, need some help finding a new board to support what I have and something that will last. I need speed and power. I use my PS3 for gaming, I'm not building a gaming rig.

Need a really good processor. Was looking at the Intel Core i7. Thinking it might be a bit much. Any suggestions there?

I have 3 hard drives, a 250GB, 60 and 40. Thinking I don't need to upgrade there just yet. Going to use the 250 and 40 in the new build for now.

I need memory. I have 3 sticks of 512 now, 2 of which I'm using in another PC.

I have 3 AGP video cards (older parts laying around), and 1 PCI. Going to get a new PCI-e card.

I have a 750w power supply.

I have to run a cable from router to PC, would like to go wireless there.

Also buying a wireless printer.

A:Best mobo for IDE/best processor

Need a really good processor.Click to expand...


I need memory. I have 3 sticks of 512 now, 2 of which I'm using in another PC.Click to expand...

So you have 512?

I have 3 AGP video cards (older parts laying around), and 1 PCI. Going to get a new PCI-e card.Click to expand...

So you'll need a pci-e slot? A new card isn't necessary since you're not gaming.

Whats your budget? Practically any motherboard has IDE support assuming you have a long IDE cable, which it looks like you do.

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This just makes me mad. I had one problem that I was going to solve and then I run into this crap.

I power on and I don't video or anything. I don't think that it's even functioning, because I leave a floppy in there and the light doesn't come on.

I just set it aside one day to wait for my new floppy drive to come in (because I couldn't install RAID due to a broken floppy) and the next time I plug it in, I get no video. I have a PCI card, plugged THAT in, and that didn't work. I tried the S-video as well and nothing.

So it's either one of the two. Which one of these makes this problem?


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Hi, its been over a year now and I think its time for me to upgrade again to keep up. Anyway I am trying to figure what is the best processor that I can get for under $200. Thanks

A:Looking for new processor and mobo

Well, if you are going to upgrade your motherboard as well, you should be looking at the core 2 duo cpus from intel. Is that budget for just the CPU? You have a separate budget for the motherboard as well?

For $200 on the CPU, the E6300 is a great one, or if you can squeeze a few extra bucks out, go for the E6400.

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Just wanted to know if what im buying is campitable heres the motherboard-MSI K8T NEO2-F Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard-and heres the processor-intel Pentium 4 520 Prescott 800MHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor 2.8ghz.


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well my current board does not support the 45 nm quad so i have to buy a new mobo that does,thats a list of the supported boards that will support my new processor,which should i go with?

the processor i am getting tomorrow is the q9450...

my current board is the asus p5n3e sli plus

i was thinking of getting this board


or asus told me i can get any one of these..


my budget is 276 with shipping please help as i want to order it tomorrow and do next day shipping thanks

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Holy crap that CPU is expensive.
What are you planning to do with this computer once you get it built?

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i have come to the conclusion that most my problems stem from my mobo and processor, so in turn of knowing this i have decided to upgrade both. I play games simple so im looking more towards an nforce 2 or somethin, but im not sure really what i should get, any help here would be great seein as how i dunno to much about mobos and processors. i got about 500 dollars to work w/ but least money spent on what i need the better, if there is no gettin around it then so be it :/

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Hello! I'm brand new in here. I'll get to the point real quick...
I was dumb enough to buy a sony Viao from circuit city awhile back and after upgrading most of the components, I have discovered that this computer is not meant to be upgraded.... I have posted my issue a billion times and I think it is a mobo compatability problem. Basiclly, my system runs certain games in slow mo most of the time.
Before anyone tries to help with that issue, I have tried everything and the only way to get the games to work is by pulling the system battery and rebooting...Now that doesn't work anymore.... Something is re writting cmos/bios to make the system suck.
I have contacted sony and they said that my video card and ect... are not supported so you are S.O.L. I'm tired of restoring, defraging, updating and everything else and I'm almost possitive it is a processor/board issue. The sony guy also told me that the processer is "matched" to the mobo and I cant just buy a new motherboard. This is what I know about what I have...

3.2g pentium 4 hyperthreaded, 915g express chipset, 1.5g ram (1 gig is kingston hyper X 3200 184 pin 512X 2 the other half is stock), 7800gt aopen video card. 120gig hd, 550watt ps

the ram,video, ps and some case/fan work is the only thing that I have modded.

My question is, is it possible to use the processor and just get a new board?
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A:New mobo and processor?

To start with the sony guy is full of crap. All intel pentium 4 processers will work in any motherboard that supports them (socket 775 in your case.). However the Operateing System (Windows) is matched to the motherboard and you will need a new copy of windows if you replace the board. You will also need a new case and PSU as sony uses non-standard mounting holes and brackets.

An AMD athlon 64 3200+ or higher would preform better but realistically a 3.2GHZ Pentium 4 with a good video card and ram will run any game currently out fine.

If you do get a new motherboard I would recomend a board that supports the Intel Core 2 DUO (currently the best processr) so you can upgrade in the future if you wish.

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I have a Soyo SY-K7V Dragon Plus! Motherboard with a Athlon XP 1.2GB processor running at 1.9GB. Im looking for a processor fan that will keep it cool, the one I have now is a bit loud for me... Im also looking for a case fan too, the one I have now is a bit loud for me too...

I was also thinking about upgrading the motherboard and processor to something faster and newer but not EXPENSIVE... Any suggestions on parts for the whole thing?

A:Fan, Processor, Mobo

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Hi there,

I'm looking to upgrade in the next couple of weeks and would like to hear opinions on the following combination:

Asus A8V-E DELUXE & AMD Athlon 64 3000+

Also, would it be possible to keep my current graphics and sound cards to use with this combination? I don't have much money, but I want something that can grow as I go along.

Thanks so much for your help.

A:Opinions on mobo and processor?

I would like to state that all your hardware will carry over into the new system. There's only three exceptions (Memory and graphics, and power).

Your currently running sdram and your new system will use ddr ram. As for the video card this motherboard isnt backward compatible and only runs the new pci express video cards. So if you really want this motherboard you will need to buy a pci express video card.

I would go with the next model down the A8V deluxe. This will support your tnt 2 card but, you still need to purchase some ddr ram for any board you select. Since sdram is old,outdated, and isnt compatible with today's motherboards.

What can you tell me about the power supply?
Maker, maximum Watts?

When upgrading, It's a good rule of thumb to buy a new power supply depending on the age of the psu. If its a few years old its time for a new one. Plus with the new setup your power requirements are going to increase and your current psu may not be able to handle it. With that in mind, I recommend at a minimum a 400 watt power supply.

Do you have a case that's compatible with the amd64? This is a far cry from 650mhz processor. This setup is going to run alot hotter. Your current case many not be able to cool it properly and cause overheating problems.

I hope this helps.
Good Luck

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I have a socket 939 amd athlon 3800+ 64x2 that i would like to use in GA-K8NSC mobo its on order , i was wondering if any one could tell me if this is gonna work or ill be able to boot this computer.

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NOTICE: The FSB speeds... The motherboard is 800, and the chip is "Integrated into chip" Will it still work? Will it be as fast?

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Winchester Integrated into Chip FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail



GIGABYTE GA-K8NF-9 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


A:Will this processor + mobo work together?

It will work fine. Ignore the "integrated into chip" bit.

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I have an AMD Phenom X4 9150e processor with a cheap Foxconn board (part of a pre-built computer from best buy). I just bought a new Sapphire ATI Radeon 4870 1gb DDR5 and have installed it onto the Foxconn bored no sweat. But the Foxconn bored only has one PCI Express Slot X16 1.0 and I really want a board with a PCI Express Slot X16 2.0 so that I can use all the bandwidth of my new video card (because I can only use half with a 1.0 slot).

Can someone recommend an awesome board for my processor cause not using all of my video cards potential is killing me lol....

Thanks guys you have always been a great help in the past

A:Need a better mobo for my processor, ideas?

Hey any help someone could give me would be greatly appreciated.....this is the first time Techspot hasnt got back to me almost right away....going on five days now....

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Deceased motherboard has set me on the path of a complete rebuild .So as I haven't had the excuse/justification to purchase the latest technology for the last 4 years I'm slightly struggling to match up the various components, I think I'm coming down on the side of a Phenom 11 X2 processor 550 Black edition as its review says ite good value for money. The problem is matching the correct chipset. I've seen a range of boards offering 770 chipsets and 790 chipsets as well as DDR2 and DDR3 RAM. Can anyone tell me the difference between the 770 and 790 chipset series? And is DDR3 worth the extra investment?
Ive got a decent if old graphics card NVidia 7900GT already so don't need integrated graphics
Thanks for any pointers

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Hey guys,
simple one today, I am planning a budget PC build and I wanted to know if this processor


Will work with this mobo




A:Will this Processor work with this mobo?

Yes, both are capable of 800 fsb. Those are decent choices for a budget build.

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I have ASUS M4A78LTM_LE, but it has started to give problems now. I wanted to buy a new MoBo for my AMD Phenom II x4 965BE processor and i selected MSI 970A-G46. But after reading few reviews some said that this MoBo bottlenecks processors having wattage more than 95W and my processor is of 125W. So is this really true? If not i'll go for this but if yes please suggest me a good and cheap MoBo. My budget is $100 (7000INR).

Thank you

A:Will this MoBo work with my processor?

I'm sure it will work with a BIOS Update you shouldn't go wrong. Anyways, why not gigabyte?

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I'm running an AMD 64 2800+ (sckt 754) and my mobo is an ASUS K8V-MX. Currently i've got two memory modules in my PC and they're both PC2700. I know my mobo should be compatible with PC3200, but i'm not sure whether my processor is.
The memory i'm getting is a complete upgrade, 2x1gb sticks corsair PC3200 DDR. i heard that DDR memory is all compatible (ie. a system designed for PC2700 333mhz will accept a PC3200 400mhz, although it may run at a slower speed).Is this true and will it work with my rig?
Thanks in advance

A:mobo/processor RAM compatibility

Yeah that motherboard is compatible with the pc3200 ram and it will run at pc3200.

So go ahead and buy the ram if you want to.

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Hi TSG community!

So i'm looking forward to upgrade my PC which is an HP pavillion small form factor and completely replace the mobo and processor and case and hoping to reuse the power supply (if its sufficient, I think its 500-600w). But before that, I'm gonna share to you guys what I am planning to do.

I have organized my upgrading into steps because I'm still a student and not really earning enough cash, just saving up. My budget for upgrading is only less than $300 (12,400pesos Philippine currency since I am living in the Philippines)

1st step: Computer case, planning to buy a case which are made by either thermaltake, coolmaster, or aerocool.

2nd step: mobo and processor, I want this to be an AMD-ATI build so i've researched a little bit and caught in between the AMD FX4100 and AMD A6-3600 processors. Between these two, which is better for gaming (i'm open to suggestions for other processors)? (FYI, I have a Radeon 4350 1gb video card (which I know is sh*t) but im also planning to upgrade later on. Probably the last step)).

Now the mobo, I'm not really familiar with the terms when I'm looking at the specsheet of mobos and I'm kinda confused on what mobo to buy. But I know that ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE are very reliable (and some are cheap) mobos. I'm gonna need help in choosing one. My budget for a mobo is probably around $150 (i know its cheap). (other brands im familiar but i do not know if they are good, ASrock, Emaxx... Read more

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Hey just got a new mobo and processor to upgrade my current computer, will my OS work if I just replace the mobo and processor or do I have to take extra steps in order for it to work?

A:Upgrading MOBO and processor....

It will if it's the same motherboard, but if it isn't you will need to reinstall the OS. You may get away with just doing a repair of the OS, but that's never a guarantee though.

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Hi, im going to be installing a new mobo and processor for my friend.
Ive only built PCs with windows 7 and i know that it automatically installs drivers needed for the hardware.

I was just wondering if it works the same with XP?

If not how would i go about doing it?

A:New mobo + processor xp install help

Hi Pauze, The answer is yes, XP Home and XP Pro both will install the most common drivers associated with your computer. You will however need to install the drivers for your mobo (These should be on a disk that came with the mobo). Those are the only drivers hardware wise that I can think of that you will need to install, but once XP is installed you will find that some of the devices that you plug in (Printer, speakers, ect.) windows XP might not have the drivers for so have the disk that came with those devices or download them from the internet and have them ready. If you would like some help installing your mobo correctly, post at the link below. Our hardware specialists are exellent. Once you have everything ready to install the OS you can if you wish come back to us over here and we will help you with the XP install.


Good luck

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heheh. funny topic title.

anyway um. i have an emachines. that me baught in 1999. i went to the emachines website to figure out which one i have in hopes of figuring out waht motherboard i have in hopes of figuring out if i can make a processor upgrade or not.

these are the specs of my computer when i first baught it.

in my sig. are the specs of my computer as of now, AFTER a couple of upgrades i did to it.

here is before.

Specifications of eTower® 400i
Intel® Celeron™ 400MHz (w/128KB L2 Cache) PPGA CPU
32MB SyncDRAM (up to 256 MB)
2 USB Ports (1 is on Front)
1 Serial / 1 Parallel / 3 Expansion Slot
Audio In & Out / Game Port on Front
Internet Ready
Microsoft® Windows® 98
Microsoft Works
ATI Rage IIc 3D AGP with 4MB SDRAM
Crystal CS4280 3D PCI Audio
32x Max. CD-ROM Drive
4.3GB HDD (Ultra DMA EIDE)
3.5" 1.44MB FDD
56K* ITU V.90 PCI Fax/Modem
PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
Stereo Speakers

and after is in my sig.

anyway. i still dont know what motherboard i have. i asked some friends of mine if they new how much more can i upgrade my comp processor wise because i know not all upgrades will work especially with old computers ya know. i can't just buy a brand new pentium 4 and expect it to work.

and a friend of mine says that even if i do upgrade my chip, the most i can upgrade is up to 450mghz. which i think sucks. only by 50. another friand says the most is 500mghz. which isnt that bad. if i can increase it by 100, i might buy it.

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Recentley a co-worker's computer was left on during an electrical storm and got zapped. there was no power going through the mobo to the components so I replaced mobo. Now everything gets power but doesn't boot, the monitor shows nothing. The hard drive is ok, Is it possible she needs a new processor? I would hate to waste her $$.

A:fried mobo/processor

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Deceased motherboard has set me on the path of a complete rebuild .So as I haven't had the excuse/justification to purchase the latest technology for the last 4 years I'm slightly struggling to match up the various components, I think I'm coming down on the side of a Phenom 11 X2 processor 550 Black edition as its review says ite good value for money. The problem is matching the correct chipset. I've seen a range of boards offering 770 chipsets and 790 chipsets as well as DDR2 and DDR3 RAM. Can anyone tell me the difference between the 770 and 790 chipset series? And is DDR3 worth the extra investment?
Ive got a decent if old graphics card NVidia 7900GT already so don't need integrated graphics
Thanks for any pointers

A:Matching Mobo to processor

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Amd or intel ,want to edit with adobe.$1300_1700.Like Ati1900xt video card??All suggeston very helpful thanks.Also which would give me better rendering.

A:Help building NLE Mobo and Processor???

Maybe if you took the time to properly tpe out what you need/want, people will bother replying.

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this is a new/replacement mobo im looking at buying. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...id=ITD&recordsPerPage=5&body=MAIN#ReviewStart

now on the website for the manufacturer, http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/cpu_support.php?S_ID=440

that's saying my processor, which all i remember off the top of my head is a 2.6 ghz pentium 4 , isnt compatible because the speed of my processor isnt posted on the biostar site.

would my processor really not be compatible?

Ill try to find out more specific specs of my processor.

A:Is this mobo compatible with this processor?

Why question it when there are so many boards and so many processors available. Have you already purchased?

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Just hooked up a new mobo (Gigsbyte G1.Guerrilla) and processor (i7 1366 3.2) and its not beeping... i have all the lights and fans goin on the mobo, but can't hear anything. When I had the vid card plugged in the monitor said no signal so I unplugged everything out of the mobo except power --- thats where it is sitting right now

Am i supposed to be resetting anything? Power issue even though lights/fans are on?

Please help

A:new mobo/processor won't beep!

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Hey guys, This is my first computer build, so im kind of a n00b to the computer hardware stuff. Well anywho, I bought a cpu/mobo combo at Frys (it was a super great deal). The processor is a 3.2Eghz with a Socket 478. Now, the motherboard that came with it was this crappy ECS thing. It mentions Intel Chipset 878. Now, I'm getting a better motherboard because I absolutely hate this ECS one. The one I want to get is the ASUS P4P800 . It mentions Chipset 865. Now, what I want to know is, will this motherboard work ok with the processor? Again, This may be a super easy question, but I'm new, and I have to start somewhere....

A:Would this mobo work with my processor?

Yes, it will work fine.

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I have a slot a thunderbird 1000mhz pulled from a dead system, as far as I know, the processor is not supported on many boards as the slot a system was being rapidly replaced with socket a. What boards will work with this processor, I found one on ebay; http://cgi.ebay.com/Gateway-Slot-AMD-Kadoka-Motherboard-4000673-/390274660244?pt=Motherboards&hash=item5ade2eb794. I have read one thread that says it will work with a thunderbird 750. Will this board work, and what other boards are compatible with this processor.

Processor- AMD Slot A 1000mhz Thunderbird AMD-A1000MMR24B

A:Will this mobo work with my processor?

It should work, BUT that selling price is far more than that motherboard is worth.

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I have a pcchips p21g and i wanna get a pentium d 930 3.0 ghz dual core for it.. socket 775.. will they match and work together?

A:Can this processor work with my mobo?

No, Here they say that it's only compatible for P4s and Celeron Ds.

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I bought my PC in '06 and it has the Asus A8N-SLI Premium motherboard
and it has the AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64FX/Athlon 64 processor.

It performs decently, but I'm considering upgrading to a more powerful processor and motherboard that can handle more power. I'm currently running XP Pro, but eventually I'll be upgrading to Vista or even the new Windows 7 when it comes out.

So, I'd like to have a motherboard / processor combination that can handle
having at least 8gigs of RAM, 1200+ front side bus, and large cache.

Anyone have suggestions for high end motherboard / processor combos to look at? And, is Intel now the king for fastest processors?

A:Best Mobo / Processor combo?

Well, assuming you have an unlimited budget, an Intel Core i7 965 and an X58 motherboard of your choice will be the most processing power you can get, pretty much.

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Hi, im going to be installing a new mobo and processor for my friend.
Ive only built PCs with windows 7 and i know that it automatically installs drivers needed for the hardware.

I was just wondering if it works the same with XP?

If not how would i go about doing it?

A:New mobo + processor xp install help

No,the situation with XP is different.

Windows 7 doesn't "automatically" installs drivers.It just uses the ones issued by Microsoft(or something like that.I'm not too sure ).Microsoft seems to have included a lot of them in Win 7.I personally hasn't had to install any drivers at all on all the systems that I installed win7 on(though afterwards I always uses the official ones instead as those work better)Kudos M$ .

Windows XP is different.Despite recalling reading that XP 'includes a ton of drivers from the get go',I personally always had had to install drivers from a source,be it a download from the manufacturers' site or from an included CD.Only computers that I didn't need to are those from the stone age(for example,I didn't need to install anything when I reformatted my first computer,a Pentium 3 with 640MB of SDRAM and a geforce 2 card).

After you install XP,just pop in the drivers CD,if you got one.Otherwise,download it from the web

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Here's my situation: I have a pretty old machine and I need to upgrade some of the hardware. I'm pretty sure the motherboard is busted so that is priority number 1. My processor is almost 5 years old so I'm looking for an upgrade there to go with my new motherboard. I'm looking for some recommendations on motherboard/processor combos.

Here's the catch: All my hardware is relatively old, so I'm not sure how hard it will be to find a new motherboard that is mostly compatible with my old stuff, or at least easily/cheaply adaptable. I'd like to spend under $400 total for this upgrade. Also, I'd like to stick with AMD processors because I've had nothing but success with my old one.

Current setup:
PC Chips M848A motherboard
AMD XP 2600+ Processor
ATI Radeon 9550 video card
2 IDE HDDs and an IDE DVD-R drive

I'm mostly concerned with the IDE drives, as well as an AGP compatible video card. Are good adapters out there? Do quality motherboards exist that support some of the older technology? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:New Mobo/Processor Help Needed!!

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Hey guys, my puter finally took a dump so I'm building a new one. The first thing I need help with is choosing the right motherboard/processor pair. I am looking at AMD, but a P4 would be fine too.

My budget: Processor- under $200 Mobo- under $100

Once I figure out a good combo for the processor and mobo, I can probably figure out the rest. The reason I'm asking you guys is because I want to make sure that the combo will work. If I pick out the stuff, I would probably pick 2 things that aren't compatible! Thanks!

I will be ordering all of this stuff from www.newegg.com

A:I really need some help with mobo and processor choices :(

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Hey , I had an idea to upgrade my computer and decided buying MSI 915PL Neo-F Motherboard and Intel E5200 dual core processor. The question is that, if my mobo supports that processor, 'cause it is said on one page(that I couldn't link yet) that Compatible processors are Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron D.

Does it mean that I should look for Intel Pentium 4 instead of Dual Core?

Thanks ahead

A:Need a little help with buying new mobo and processor

Your motherboard does not support the E5200.

Check this link : http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-MSI/915PL_Neo-V_(MS-7143).html

My advice would be to get a better motherboard than looking to get a Pentium 4.

Just out of curiosity, what do you use your computer for? Any reasons as to why you went with this particular MSI motherboard when you decided to upgrade? What were your system specs prior to this?

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