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Upgrade Issues. Upgrading from AMD mobo to P4 mobo.

Q: Upgrade Issues. Upgrading from AMD mobo to P4 mobo.

I'm upgrading a computer and I'm having difficulties with loading. I am replacing just the mother board, processor chip, and the ram chip. I am re-using the hard drives, cd/dvd drives, and everything else.

I've upgraded from:
an AMD chip to a P4 3.0e w/ HT
an unknown AMD mobo to a DFI PS85-BL ver B1 mobo

I will be using 512 mb ddr 400 pc3200 kingston ram

I already called DFI and they said that I need to unistall the system drivers. Of course, I tried uninstalling all device drivers and then shut down and rebuilt computer. When I booted, the computer asked for safe mode or boot normally. No matter what I select, it automatically reboots.

Any ideas, instructions, or definite fixes?

Preferred Solution: Upgrade Issues. Upgrading from AMD mobo to P4 mobo.

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: Upgrade Issues. Upgrading from AMD mobo to P4 mobo.

Watching over Gotham City...hey it's dark out here

Why Do u Wanna Upgrade to Pentuim 4
Just Asking

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I am looking to do some upgrades to my desktop, which is currently running Windows Vista Business x64 (OEM system builder license). It is a PC that I built myself several years back. I want to upgrade it to Windows 7 Pro x64 and upgrade the CPU, motherboard and RAM.

I found a copy of Windows 7 Pro for Refurb PC's that is specifically for upgrading from Vista Business, so I think that I have the Windows upgrade part covered.

I was wondering if I should upgrade the hardware before upgrading Windows or do it afterward? Though, I have an uneasy feeling that neither Windows license will accept that major of a hardware change. I was really hoping that I would not have to start fresh and reinstall all of my programs.

A:Issues upgrading CPU and mobo with Vista or 7?

You are gonna do the upgrades 1st.

Windows may still boot, you never know. But it`s best to reinstall windows when changing the motherboard unless it`s the same exact model.

As long as you have your Vista key, you should be fine with the upgrade.

If windows no longer boots, you`ll be forced to re install, or attempt a repair install.

Best to clean install 7

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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So I goofed in my research apparently as the hm70 doesn't fully support iseries intel cpus. I upgraded from an Intel Pentium B960 to i7-3612qm but with the hm70 chipset it shuts off after 30 minutes. Since it is a hardware issue that i haven't found a bios/driver fix for I'd like to just upgrade to a hm76 chipset but am not having a good time figuring out what is compatible to fit in a G580 20157. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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Good evening everyone,

Been a long time lurker of the 8 and 10 forums, was a member of the 7 forums back in the day. Anyway, I have me a fun little problem that is making me lose hair and I am hopeful someone here can help.

I had a Gigabyte motherboard that died and was replaced under warranty. The replacement was a Z97-HD3 which was a slight upgrade on the one that I had before because they didn't have any replacements for my version. While I was awaiting replacement I had an Asus motherboard as a loan from the shop.

Once the new permanent board was installed I have had no end of issues with my Windows 10 PC:

I am unable to shutdown or restart the PC, the blue spinning screen lasts ages, then the screen goes black but the fan and lights remain onI am unable to install windows updates (suspect this is due to the above)I cannot install new NVidea drivers as the installer hangs on "Installing Drivers"Scanning for hardware changes in device manager is eternal

These are the things that I have tried:
SFC /Scannow
Returns a single issue of OpenCL.dll being corrupt (so basically a non-issue as this is normal)Disabling the Intel MEIUninstalling the Intel MEI so that it will install the version it wantsRebooting to Safe Mode
Curiously there are no issues in Safe Mode, though Windows Installer won't run so I cannot test the driver installBooting to Ubuntu
Everything works normallyManually updating the Intel MEI and Chipset Device Software
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I am getting a couple of upgrades for x-mas and I may need to buy a new mobo to support them all...

Here is my current system

Athlonxp 1800
Giga-byte 7a-dx mobo
512(2, 256 sticks)mb ddr pc2100
80 gb + 10 gb ata100 5400rpm drives
32mb geforce 2mmx

Here is what I am getting

Maxtror 120GB 7200rpm ata133
GeForce4 ti4600 128mb ddr
another 256mb pc2100 ddr dimm

I would like to get a mobo that also has usb2.0 support, 3+ dimm slots (for the extra dimm) and RAID (if I need it). I plan on making the 120 GB ata/133 7200rpm drive the master and the 80GB ata/100 5400rpm drive the slave on the same cord. Is that possible?

What would be the top 3 mobos that you guys would recommend to me? I can spend 75-125 bucks.

Thanks so much in advance!

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if u're looking for AMD mobo, look no further than the nForce2 chipset... Asus, Leadtek, and Epox are making great boards based on this chipset... for example the A7N8X is Asus' nForce2 board... loaded with features that fit ur need... only has 3 Dimm slots but the board supports Dual DDR... unless u need the extra 256MB u are planning to buy, u can use ur current 2 sticks and save that money u were originally spending...

the 120GB and 80GB on the same channel is fine... as long as u stick with 4 IDE devices u won't have issues...

I would list the top 3 but basically it would be nForce2 based mobos... ur other option is VIA KT400 or KT333 chipset mobos... Asus makes a great A7V333, or the MSI KT3 Ultra2... I don't know if it fits ur criteria of 3+ Dimm or USB2.0...

the nForce2 may not be out yet where u are so check around... also it may be worth waiting a little bit to see if any issues pop up with this chipset and they have to revise it...

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This is probably a noob question. I am thinking about upgrading my HP computer's Cpu and MoBo. I currently run i3-530 with stock motherboard H57 chipset. I want to upgrade to i5 2500k with a p67chipset. Windows 7 came preloaded with no installation DVD. What are the chances of upgrading and the system booting right up without having to do a clean install? If I have to reinstall OS can I spare the info on my harddrive or must it be reformatted.

Thank You Very much for your help.

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If you want a 2500K, you will have to get a new motherboard with the p67 chipset.

Such motherboards are all under a recall notice and likely will be for at least 2 more months.

Even if the motherboards were readily available, the first thing I would investigate is how standard your HP case is. It may have some proprietary features that make it difficult to upgrade--in which case you would have to buy a new standard ATX case.

As far as the OS goes, I've heard that Windows 7 is much more forgiving of new motherboards than earlier Windows versions, but I don't know how accurate that is.

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I'm taking on a challange of a different nature by aquiring a core 2 duo processor e6300 1.8Ghz by accident the other day for about 30 bucks on ebay.

I bought a compaq evo d50 on ebay at the end of last year for my office computer just to do word processsing network etc. spent 30 bucks and put a new lite-on cdrw and usb 2.0 plugs and recently upgraded the ram to 768 ( random number but I had some left over from another computer so I through it all in there!)

Anyway, the processor will be here in a day or two and I want to put it in the EVO, however I dont really want to buy a new tower etc.. I like the "Rat Rod" look. I know Im going to have to upgrade the power supply and possibly fan but could someone recommend a good Motherboard?

Im not a gamer so thats really not important, probably just the onboard graphics will do.

I may end up taking it home and hooking it to the flatscreen and using it as the media hub down the road but not sure..

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated also any pitfalls I should look out for. I have never changed out the MB and Processor before. In my mind i take it all apart put the new MB and processor in hook it all back up and it would be nice if it fired right up off the old HD and here we went. However, I'm not that nieve and am sure I will be back on here saying it was the dumbest decision ever..... Im not to that point yet.

Thanks guys, I look forward to furthering my computer knowledge!
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Sorry I forgot a 0 its an Evo D500
the form factor is "desktop" with the drives being on the right of the case.

And yes it comes with a warranty and its in a sealed box, not really sure but if something goes screwball ill le tyou know.

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After my old computer died, i am upgradin the insides to make a really decent computer..

I am planning on purchasing some parts namely:

Hard Drive
USb 2.0 Hub 5+ sockets internal
ATI Radeon 9800 pro
Broadband modem- internal
Firewire card
AMD Athlon 64 FX53 processor
RAM but i don't know how much?
Creative audigy platinm pro soundcard

I don't know what motherboard to get: I don't know what i need in a mobo so any help here would be appreciated. Also if i had ME on my original cmputers hard drive and it was totally screwed, would it affect the hard drive. I'm planning on installing XP on its own on the old drive and wonder if there'll be any compatibility problems.

This is the siteon the AMD site that shows reccomended mobo's. What do these terms mean?:Revision
Form Factor Chipset Bios

If anyone knows of a good site to purchase said components from(i'm ata bit of a loss) then this would also be appreciated

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Hello all, I have a three year old Dell Dimension 4550 and am looking to upgrade my Motherboard. This is something I am looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131484
My question is, will my current 2.0ghz Intel northwood and my PC2700 Ram work in this untill I can upgrade those to a 3.0 ghz cpu and PC3200 RAM? Thanks.....

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I'm going to do a partial upgrade to my computer in a couple weeks, and I'd like to get some other members' opinions. Right now I have a computer, getting close to two years old. I'm going to upgrade the RAM, motherboard, and video card.

I'm a gamer, and my target is a midheavyweight computer, which mine was when it was first built. I also do lots of multimedia editing, including 3D rendering. Important things to me are "future-proofing" (especially with Quad core coming out), good gaming performance, and the best bang for my buck.

I'm thinking about going with an 8800GTS video card because of rave reviews from THG and because of the DX-10 support. Here's the specific one: EVGA 8800GTS. Any thoughts about this choice? Is it worth it to go to a DX10 platform now or should I just get a cheaper card and wait it out? Right now I have an x800, which I need to replace because it doesn't have Shader 3.0 and I can't play Splinter Cell: Double Agent!

For the mobo, I'm a bit at odds, because I've used ATi for some time now. Would the Asus P5N32-E be a good choice? It caught my eye because of its compatibility with the Quad core and because, well, it's Asus. An alternative I was thinking of was the Abit AW9D, but it's built for Crossfire. Also, as a general note, is it best to match an nVidia card with nVidia's chipset? As for CPU's, I'm gonna carry over my old lady of a P4 Prescott until a goo... Read more

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I am looking into upgrading my mobo and cpu, I have been reading reviews and wanted more personalized imput on which one you prefer and why.

currently have a biostar I945p with a intel d cpu, I want to upgrade to be able to use sli.
I am looking at mid to top of the line models, although I don't have the money for a quad core
Any imput would be helpfull, Thanks

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EVGA nForce 680i SLI, ASU p%B Deluxe, Intel BadAxe.
There are plenty of reviews on each. Take a look at Top Motherboards this month at www.tomshardware.com

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Hey there.
I'm not overly knowledgeable when it comes to whats better than what.
I'm looking to upgrade my CPU and Motherboard from what I currently have.
I recently purchased a GeForce GTX 680 but I am seeing minimal improvement from my previous GeForce GTX 480, and have come to the conclusion its my CPU holding me back.

Current specs -
OS - Windows 7 Home
CPU - Intel i7 930 @ 2.80GHz
Motherboard - Gigabyte X58A-UD5

I have been told in the past I cannot replace one and not the other due to my CPU/Motherboard being 1366 pin which is no longer in make.

Basically I am looking for suggestions for upgrades without spending a ridiculous amount.
I am upgrading my entire rig by the end of the year, so it is mainly to hold me over before then.


A:Upgrading CPU and MoBo.

How much money do you want to spend? If you're going to upgrade the whole system anyway may I suggest you wait instead of doing a stop-gap upgrade. There's no way to do it on the cheap.
It is probably your mobo causing the problem and not the CPU, which is a good one.

What is your main use of your rig?

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I've recently had some issues with my hp pavilion a1020n and am thinking of a mobo upgrade. I've read that I'm unable to upgrade the video card unless I completely change the mobo. I eventually would like to change my processor as well, but am not sure as to which mobo would fit the hp tower. here are the specs copied from hp:

Base processor
Pentium4 519 (P) 3.06 GHz:
533 MHz Front side bus
Socket LGA775

Intel 915GV
Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: PTGD-LA
HP motherboard name: Goldfish3-GL8E

Motherboard description

* Motherboard manufacturer's name: ASUS PTGD-LA
* HP/Compaq name: Goldfish3-GL8E


* Socket: LGA775
* Supports processor up to 3.4 GHz
* Supports Intel Pentium 4 HT processors

Front-side bus (FSB)

* 800 MHz


* Northbridge: Intel 915GV Graphics Memory and Controller Hub (MCH)
* Southbridge: Intel ICH6

BIOS features

* HP BIOS with enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, and PnP Features Plus

Form factor

* Micro-ATX form factor, 9.6 in x 9.6 in


* Dual-channel memory architecture
* 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbuffered non-ECC 4 GB 533/400 MHZ DDR2 memory modules
* Maximum HP/Compaq approved memory is 4 GB*

NOTE: *Actual available memory may be less
Expansion slots

* Three PCI
* No AGP slot

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A:Upgrading mobo...?

What problems are you having with your PC. I personally think that it's a waste of money if you're investing in upgrading such an old system.

If you eventually plan on adding a new GPU and processor then it's best to hold on till you can build a new PC from scratch.

Intel 915 / 945 / 965 chipsets should support the P4 in case you're bent on buying a new mobo.

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This is probably a noob question. I am thinking about upgrading my HP computer's Cpu and MoBo. I currently run i3-530 with stock motherboard H57 chipset. I want to upgrade to i5 2500k with a p67chipset. Windows 7 came preloaded with no installation DVD. What are the chances of upgrading and the system booting right up without having to do a clean install? If I have to reinstall OS can I spare the info on my harddrive or must it be reformatted.

Thank You Very much for your help.

A:Upgrading CPU and MOBO

You will need to do a clean install, buy a new Windows key.

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Foreword: Not too sure where to post this; Windows XP or this forum so I have posted in both, sorry; in any case:

I'm basically upgrading a motherboard and CPU but keeping all the rest of the hardware in my computer. When I boot (Windows XP), however, it gives me a bluescreen with the error message (I disabled autorestart to get this):


Originally Posted by Microshit

A Problem has occurred and Windows has been shut down to prevent further damage to your computer.

If this is the first time (no, error recurs) you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this error appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer (clean as of upgrade). Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F (NOT DONE AS OF YET) to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0XF8B0D528, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0x00000000)

Originally thought it was a driver incompatability issue, but I have tried Safe Mode and that didn't work (same error).

As mentioned, have not yet run CHKDISK, but the drives ran fine with the old MOBO/CPU so it SHOULDN'T be that.

Currently have 3 HDD. The one that came with the new mobo, and 2 older ones. If I plug in the one that came with the mobo, and plug in all but the two older... Read more

A:Upgrading MOBO + CPU

Technically, replacing the CPU and MoBo would require you to by a new license for XP (if the one you have is an OEM version - the OEM version EULA states that you cannot transfer it to another system).

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My parents have a S73X M810 Series motherboard. They want to upgrade it (RAM, cpu, vid card). I just have a few questions about the capabilites of the board.

The manual for the motherboard says that it supports Socket 462 K7 AMD CPUs. It then goes on to list a few speeds of Duron and Athlon processors that were out at the time of printing. It also says that it supports FSB speeds of 200 mghz. I think this means that Athlon Xp processors are out, but I'm wondering if it means that I have to get a cpu with a 200 mg FSB. (I'm guessing they're hard to find???)

And am I going to have to update the BIOS to upgrade the rest of the stuff?

The board also has a 4x AGP slot. can I put any vid card in then?

Thanks for the help.

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i plan on upgrading to a GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AMD 9 Series FX Motherboard from a GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 nForce 630a Motherboard is there anything i should know before atempting this? will i have to reinstall windows 7? ty for any help

A:upgrading mobo

I haven't done that upgrade, but a clean install of Win7 is usually recommended for a major change.

You could also consider using Sysprep to convert the windows installation to a generic one. (That's if the system is still running with the old motherboard.)

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Hey there, I got told by a friend to make a post here first to make sure I'm not making a horrible mistake by upgrading my Mobo and CPU and blowing my computer up.

I'm looking to upgrade my old Pentium 4 3.4 ghz processor to an AMD Dual Core 3ghz (Links provided below), but I'm also probably gonna pick myself up a new motherboard aswell (Links below)



My current setup, as provided by Everest, is as follows

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack : Service Pack 2
DirectX : (DirectX 9.0c)

CPU Type: Intel Pentium 4, 3066 MHz (23 x 133)
Motherboard Name: Gigabyte GA-8I915PM (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset: Intel Grantsdale i915P
System Memory: 2560 MB (DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM)
BIOS Type: Award Medallion (09/17/05)
Communication Port : Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port : Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port : ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS (256 MB)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (63804644)

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A:Upgrading my Mobo/CPU

You are on the right track. But for all that work, I would also change the power supply.

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Hello all, I want to help a friend find a new mobo. Im not very experienced with motherboards.
He has a
HP Media Center M1270 N


socket LGA775

chipset Northbridge i915P
Southbridge ICH6 Intel I/O Controller Hub 6


Memory 184-pin DDR DIMM

Expansion slots PCI Express x16 graphics
Three PCI

Pentium 4, 3.2GHz 540 800FSB 1MB Cache

What is the best I can get for about $150.
Thank You in advance for any help you guys can give me.

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Basically at the moment i have a problem, my pc in general runs pretty well but certain applications like msn, winamp, steam and that kind of thing keep freezing and taking a while to respond.

The only reason i can really see for this is that my cpu is underperforming, since my hard drive is only 30% full, my gfx card performs well and i have 8gb of ram. After doing some tests i found my gfx card load is usually around 10% whereas my cpu load is normally around 60%.

So im thinking about upgrading it but not sure what the max cpu my mobo can take, if anyone can help that would be great. I have this link to show what my cpu upgrades it can take but there not very specific.

I want to upgrade to something like an amd phenom II x4 (anything above 3ghz) preferably.

Is this possible?

My mobo spec: Motherboard Specifications, M2N78-LA (Violet) HP Pavilion a6708uk Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

A:Upgrading CPU! can my mobo take it?!

Have a looky here pal

HP Pavilion a6708uk Desktop PC Product Specifications HP Pavilion a6708uk Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

Click on the Processor upgrade information link

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Putting together a build for a friend, however, I believe the motherboard may have been damaged or was damaged upon my taking part in the build. I assembled the parts, a 430w thermaltake psu, an asus mobo, e5200 intel processor, western digital hard drive, 2 gigs of GSkill, ati hd 4850 gpu and an LG dvd drive.

Posted, gave an error message about cpu fan error, I google it, it seemed to be relatively harmless. While in the bios the computer's signal disappeared, I attempted a reboot to no avail. No error codes, cpu fan stopped spinning. Removed memory, no error code, removed 4850, no error code, case fan connected to the motherboard spins when powered on, motherboard shows green light, no signal detected,

I tested the processor in another rig, and it worked fine, and the cpu fan spun fine. Tested another power supply with said motherboard and the motherboard fan would not spin and it would not post, and no error codes. Is my motherboard dead? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:New Build, Mobo green light, psu powers case fans off mobo, not cpu fan no beeps

check and recheck the connections on the board, if unsuccessful, make sure you haven t short-circuited the mobo, ...

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This problem has the configuration listed in my system specs below, which have just changed recently. My OCZ Vertex 2 died, RMA'ed but sold, and replaced with the Transcend SSD720, 2.5" SATAIII 64GB. Also sold my GPU...

Now, trying to get everything back on track. I reinstalled my OS on the SSD, but I can't for the life of me get the HDMI working. When reinstalling, I knew it was normal for only my Dell CRT to show up via its VGA connection, but then the main ViewSonic HD monitor never came on. I finally realized it wasn't responding to anything. The ViewSonic HD monitor is the only thing plugged in right now, on both VGA & HDMI, but will only work on the VGA. It had been working fine before the OCZ SSD died. No VGA problems. The onboard ATI Radeon HD 4250 is fully updated and all the drivers are installed and updated to the best of my knowledge. There is an update for the BIOS on the ASUS website that I had never installed, ever, but the only change from before was the SSD so that should not matter. I've even made sure I installed the specific driver for the monitor from the disc it came with. I tried playing around in BIOS, and (for once) no matter what graphics device order I set, (i.e., IGPX-PCI-GPX-etc) it always reverted to the mobo's VGA. And obviously, Device Manager is showing no yellow question marks and is generally no help right now...

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A:Mobo not detecting HDMI? - ATI Radeon HD 4250 onboard ASUS mobo

It's plausible that your HDMI port on your MOBO is dead. Is it possible to obtain a GPU and try it's HDMI port?
It could be your monitor as well, do you have access to anything else supporting HDMI and see if your monitor connects?

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I currently have a 600W PSU by Xilence Power.

I've recently upgraded to a more powerful video card (HD 5700 series) and since then, when I start up my computer, it does not start up right away and instead my hard drive makes about 15 whirring noises (like it's starting up but then winds down) before POSTing and starting up. I was told it was my PSU's lack of power causing it.

Now I want to upgrade to an ASUS AM3 mobo and Phenom II x4 processor.
What is a recommended PSU wattage?

Someone said 6 cores is not needed for gaming. World of Warcraft requires CPU power in 25 people raids. I have a dual core 2.2 GHz and my FPS drops to under 10 FPS. What would fix it? x4 core with more GHz or x6 with less GHz than the x4?

A:Upgrading PSU, mobo, CPU - How powerful do I need?

Many games don't utilize multiple core cpus. I don't play WoW, so I'm not sure about that one. In any case, for games that don't utilize multiple cores, the number of cores won't matter, it would be more beneficial to have a faster speed.

As for the power supply, get a quality unit (Corsair or SeaSonic), 750 or higher.

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Hi all!

I've grown accustomed to formatting my system every time I do an upgrade of major components, but the tediousness and length of time required can be a bit frustrating especially as it takes me awhile to get everything placed / re-setup on my system the way I like it (yes, I'm one of THOSE people, haha!)

I figure I will end up doing a complete format anyway, but I was just curious if anybody's ever done this before and how difficult it was for them...? I'm running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit at the moment.

I've had people tell me it's nigh on impossible, others tell me you just have to make sure all the drivers for the previous motherboard were removed....

Thoughts? Thanks!

A:Upgrading to new CPU/RAM/mobo/PSU without format...?


I have not used it, however Paragon software offer a "Migration" method just for what you want to do.
I don't know of any freeware version of the same.

I'm one of THOSE people too !

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Current PC info:

Windows 7 OS; AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ 3.00 GHz; MSI K9A2GM-FIH; 6 GB ram; 750 PS, MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti; and a 500 GB HD. This, of course, runs on an AMD chipset.

I am upgrading my system with MB MSI|Z87M GAMING MATX R; CPU INTEL|CORE I5 4590 3.3G 6M R; and
MEM 8G|KINGSTON HX318C10F/8 R. This change will, of course, change my chipset to Intel.

I have been researching the web about how difficult this will be to do, since I'm really not certain on how to proceed. What all do I need to uninstall from my system before making this major change?

How will this affect my Windows 7 installation, that I just recently upgraded to? I've checked out Microsoft's dealing on this and being money hungry as they are they consider a new motherboard as a new system. They claim if you buy a system with the OS already installed that you don't have rights to the OS, but I had my system custom built and bought my OS software for the build, which at the time was Windows XP. I just recently upgrading to Windows 7, when XP went obsolete. I know I'm probably not making a lot of sense, but I don't want to have to buy a new OS just to upgrade an outdated system.

Any links or suggestions on how to make this an easy change over will be much appreciated. Everything I have found so far is so out of date that I can't be certain what would be the proper solution for me.

Thanks for you time.

A:Upgrading MOBO and CPU with different chipsets

Quote: Originally Posted by Oz1956

I had my system custom built and bought my OS software for the build, which at the time was Windows XP. I just recently upgrading to Windows 7, when XP went obsolete.

What, exactly, did you buy when "recently upgrading to Windows 7"?

A download that you burned?

A Product Key only?

A so-called retail disk from a standard source like Best Buy or Newegg?

Some other type of disk from some other type of source?

Do you have any problems with doing a clean install?

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Hello to all. New here, and if my post lacks some important info, I apologize in advance.
Due to a USB problem that led to a hasty replacement of the motherboard, Iím looking to upgrade the MOBO. The system as it is now:
Monarch tower computer (custom build 4yrs ago)
Win XP (I have the disk)
Asus P4800-MX motherboard/ Bus clock 200mHz
Pentium 4 3GHz
1gb memory
Audigy soundcard
The computer seems to hang and just isnít as responsive as it was with the original board, an Asus P4800 E-Deluxe. My main use for this computer would be music creation (use a lot of Adobe Audition, Sound Forge, etc), so it needs to be fast & stable. I'd want to keep all the drives I have now.

My questions are:
1) What board(s) should I look at to replace this one? What specs are the important ones? Donít need the latest/greatest, will not overclock, not a gamer, but not interested in going el-cheapo & want an upgrade from the original board.
2) Considering that my XP went from the old board to this one, am I looking at a problem with the install on a new board?
3) Iíve been told that if I upgrade the MoBo, I should upgrade both the memory & processor. Is this true? Can I use the older stuff?
4) Will I need to do a clean install of XP on the new set-up?

Sorry to hit the forum with so many questions in one post, but Iím pretty confused. ;-). Thanks for any & all input.

A:Questions about upgrading MOBO...

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Currently I have a ASUS A7V8X-X mobo with an Athlon 2800+ chip on it, but have been having some quirky problems.

My video card wouldn't work at all (9700pro), then I fixed the vid card problem, but it still boots funny when its cold (no display untill windows loads then requires a reboot in order to play games, like it needs to be warmed up).

new mobo drivers got the card working, but the section on ATI's website for the cold boot problem provides no solution.
I get strange shutdowns and restarts somtimes aswell, some times it will just reboot while your doing something, and other times when i click shutdown it will reboot for no reason while your doing somthing, and I've had to reformat (winXP home) twice because it will startup and say the OS on D: has a messed up config, when the OS is on C:

I have a felling this all be leading back to a strange compatiblity problem between the mobo and my attached hardware.

So, I am gonna get the computer guy to switch out my ASUS board and 2800+ for an intel based mobo and a 3ghz chip...

What should I get? i would like a 3ghz intel chip and a very stable Mobo, but don't really know what to look for when it comes to stablility.

I would love the bigger CPU, it would really help with all the programs i run, and would keep from having to upgrade for a while.


A:Upgrading my CPU and Mobo, any suggestions

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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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I'm currently running an Asrock 2core1333-2.66 mobo which was bundled with a Pentium Dual Core e2140 cpu factory oc'd from 1.66 to 2.66ghz. I use an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro to keep temps nice 'n low. Mem consists of 2x1gb sticks of PNY PC2-6400 (400mhz) ram. Graphics are supplied by aSapphire HD4850 512mb PCIe graphics card. Its all powered with a decent single rail 550w power supply.

I've just purchased a Core2Duo e6850 and i've heard that this cpu can be taken up to 4ghz from its default 3ghz safely on air cooling (with a good quality cooler of course). Will I be able to drop the e6850 straight into the motherboard using the existing bios settings to achieve a safe OC, or would it be better to err on the side of safety and reset the bios to default settings. Even on default settings I should see a significant performance advantage over the Pentium Dual Core.

A:Upgrading The CPU On A Factory OC'd Mobo...

The BIOS settings for one CPU generally do not transfer over to another CPU, the system should just reconfigure itself for the new CPU. But I would recommend resetting the BIOS back to defaults, anyway since they may have forced some setting to maintain the overclock they've set. Asrock achieved the overclock by forcing a 1333MHz FSB onto the Pentium Dual Core, the E6850 runs a 1333Mhz FSB stock.

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Ok first I know this is the hardware section but because of the nature of my question this is the best place I feel it should go.

I am upgrading my motherboard and CPU from Asus M4A88TD-V EVO\USB 3(Xtreme Design) ATX AMD Mobo and an Amd Athlon II x2 250 3.0 Ghz, to ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard and a Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000.

Now all hardware does work but my issue seems to be a software issue, more likely than Win7 64 bit which I need to get a hold of the disc my brother has(was a family pack thing). Anyway my question is pretty simple I hope.

Without doing a fresh install of Win 7 64 bit, is it possible in any form to get the new mobo and cpu working like maybe using the repair method or installing over the current installed win 7 Os so I do not have to back-up a ton of data and re-install lots of programs? Also is there any other work-around that might help.

I do have a 1 Tb external Hdd I plan to backup my C; drive with either way but it would be great if I did not have to do a fresh install.

Again sorry if this is in the part of the forums.

A:Upgrading cpu and mobo question

Just back it up, bite the bullet, and reinstall Windows to get things right. An intel mb is not going to work right with the AMD drivers installed.

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I have been out of the computer gaming rig scene for awhile but recently decided to get back into it. I decided to go ahead and just buy a pre-built Lenovo Ideacentre K430 with 12g ddr3 memory and a 3rd generation Intel core i7 processor and do some modifications. I added an 850w thermaltake power supply and nvidia gtx 660 ti video card to beef it up. This setup is fine for now but I have been thinking about upgrading down the line and I have some issues. 1. upgrading to an sli configuration is possible but takes up all 4 bottom expansion slots and covers up the only pciex1 slot (where I would have put a sound card...) and are stacked precariously close to each making me worry about heat problems. 2. To fix problem 1 I would want to upgrade my motherboard to something bigger with more pciex16 slots like the Asus Vmax series and get a bigger case. Now then my question is if I get a new case and a new motherboard can I just hot swap out my other components into it and do an install from my Win7 disc that came with my pc? or am I going to have to format the hard drive and eat the price of a new windows installation?

A:Upgrading a Lenovo Mobo?

Now then my question is if I get a new case and a new motherboard can I just hot swap out my other components into it and do an install from my Win7 disc that came with my pc? or am I going to have to format the hard drive and eat the price of a new windows installation?
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Yes you will, sounds like you should have built one in the first place.

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Hey, I need a little input..

I am upgradeing an old Hp Pavilion 500mhz celron, well rather severly. I am going to pull the MOBO and replace it with an AMD socket-A w/ an athlon XP processor.

I found a good deal on all the parts, but I need to get some thoughts on what kind out troubles I might run into. The RAM is exchangeable, I checked. But I question if the power supply will work. Anyone have any clue as to what will work with it?

The new one is a ATX Formfactor.. if that helps.

A:Upgrading MOBO/CPU questions..

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hi (first post here) iv just upgraded my mobo, dvd rw, memory and hdd. I was running XP pro OEM so I new i may have a problem when it came to install time. My last hdd failed just days before upgrade time. Anyways my question is, now I get the FAILED WGA msg can I upgrade to vista UPGRADE PACKAGE instead of buying the full retail or OEM versions. I dont really plan on major upgrading in the future but you never now so I d rather stay away from OEM versions, and a full retail copy is pushing the old wallet far and beyond. Any advice would be great cheers.

A:Failed Wga After Upgrading Mobo

You are supposed to activate first? If that fails then you get a phone number to call and work out the mess with Microsoft, they may have to give you a new number, then you go to the updates and you should pass validation if you are legal.

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I am switching my striker Extreme for a Striker II Formula. What kind of complications should I expect. Can I just switch them out?

A:Upgrading Mobo, what to expect

You will need to reformat you hardrive if you are changing mobo if you want it to work properly

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Hello, tomorrow I am planning on upgrading my current build:
GTX 295
4gb G.Skill 1066mhz
EVGA 780i SLI Motherboard
Win7 RC 32bit
To a new i7 920 cpu, EVGA X58 motherboard, and 4gb of DDR3.

I was wondering how (if possible) to do this without having to wipe my harddrive.
Or, if there is no way to do this successfully, how to wipe my HDD and reinstalling Win7 (Or if I can just do repair .. ) on the clean HDD. I have heard many conflicting reports on various forums of how to wipe/repair using Win7, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Upgrading MoBo/CPU on Windows 7

Assemble your new rig with everything except the HDD. Leave your existing rig intact.

Attach your HDD to the new rig. Will it boot stable? Good. If not, you will need a clean install.

Changing chipsets (new mobo) is the snag. I have lost virtual money on this forum re: this issue, but I have also won some bets.

Even if it does boot, I would not trust it.

Besides, go 64-bit.

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Should I get the P4 2.6 or AMD 2800. (The Mobo choice is Asus for either.) The sales guy was talking up the AMD cause it "is faster" even though his store would be making less money. I can get the AMD chip and mobo for about $439(with DDR memory) or the P4 chip and mobo(with same memory) for about $50 more.

A:upgrading CPU and Mobo...Intel or AMD?

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Hey all, I want to do a small upgrade...basically change my mobo from a p4s533-E to a P4P800SE
just cuz i have an AIW x800XT with X8 AGP and my mobo only runs x4 max

probably difficult to find one but i wanna try..

my processor is a northword 2.4 p4
1gig ocz RAM
antec true power 2.2 550W
diamondmax 250 hdd
x800xt AIW
Audigy SB live

i only do this if i can get the mobo for cheap...i'm sure my video card is being bottlenecked!
just wanna be sure i won't have any problems switching my mobo from the p4s533-e to the P4P800SE

A:Is it worth upgrading my mobo?

i'm currently at work right now..but i'm sure my chipset is 478 on my current rig
so i found a bunch of cheap mobos going for around 50-80CD$


this one caught my eye...


recommendations anyone?

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Hi everyone, first post here..

After an incruciating academic year, I've decided to cheer myself up by self-upgrading my aging computer, an HP Media Center Edition 876x, basic specs as follows:
P4 2.4 HT w/800 FSB, Socket mPGA478
ASUS P4SD-LA Motherboard (for uATX(micro) cases)
Phoenix - Award Bios
On-board RealTek 8101L 10/100 Ethernet
On-board audio w/Dolby 5.1 in 2-channels
512 mb RAM
120 GB 5400rpm HDD
GeForce 5200FX, 128 mb w/AGP8x
200w PSU
Windows Media Center Edition 2004
and a bunch of irrelevant hardware & software..

Over the last few months I've been slowly buying parts that I'd need to upgrade, but I need a master's advice to finalize everything by the mobo decision and build up the computer. These are the parts I've got:
For my puny PSU's replacement: a Cooler Master 600W PSU.
For the RAM: 2x1 GB Corsair Twinx 184-pin DDR400 (PC 3200)
For graphics card I've just got eVGA GeForce 7600GT PCI-Ex16 w/256ram..

I bought all these with the biggest rebates I could find because I'm on a budget.. As you can see I've not bought a sound card nor an ethernet adapter, hoping to get them with the mobo. Now, like everyone else, I would like to spend as little as possible to have everything I need for the task, and thus I've decided to keep my harddisk and CPU if I can, to upgrade them later on if needed. So, what I'm looking for should be a quality board, small enough to fit ... Read more

A:Upgrading my computer, need serious help on mobo decision...

if you are in the US then go to newegg and look at the socket 478 Asus Boards they have. they are the best quality socket 478 board still available. you should not have a problem finding the board you need there.

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I have an older Micron computer that I would like to upgrade.
Over the last year I've had to replace the H.D., the video card, CD burner, and 1 of the ram sticks. I would like to upgrade the rest of the out dated stuff. The CPU is the main thing I want to bring up to date and in doing so I would need to change the M.B. It currently is a 1Gig AMD Athlon. My question is: How much of the components that I currently have are reusable - can I just get a M.B. and put it in the original case and get a new CPU and Ram and reuse the H.D., Video Card ect.? What all is entailed in making this upgrade or am I better off starting with a new case and all? I just want to speed up desktop applications (photo apps)...very little serious gaming. I have a GForce4 MX 440 64 MB
video card, 60 gig H.D. and DVD and CD burner.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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If I upgrade my mobo and processor and install my xp that has already been
"activated" for my old system will microsoft let me reactivate it in my new system? For that matter if I reinstall on the present system that it is already on will I have to reactivate it?
I'm kinda confussed about this activation stuff.

A:xp activation after upgrading mobo and processor

and welcome to the Forum

If you reinstall, which is the smart thing to do, you will have to activate . . it's quick and simpole, even if you have to call. Don't let it bother you

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well i needa better video card for my pc cos it is crappy 64mb integrated *extreme* graphics and i am not sure what kind of card my mobo takes (i am not even sure if it has a slot for one....) i have a *Gigabyte GA-8I865GVMK*

help would be muchly appreciated ty in advance

A:upgrading video card--mobo

It looks like your motherboard only has PCI slots, no AGP slot. That is going to limit your choices. There are some decent PCI cards out there but they're not very common. A few cards you can get would be the Nvidia Geforce 5500 or 5700 or an ATi 9250. Not exactly top performers but should be better than what you have now.

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I'am currently running a P3 cpu with i believe is an asus board...well its a sony vaio that i've had for 3 years now....anyways.. i recently bought a new mobo/cpu/ram and new Axio X5 case with 480W psu...my problem is that when I boot the comp. it boots for about 10 seconds than the power just shuts off...i've made sure that the board is not touching the case with spacer and that it is not shorting out on me. i'm using my old 40G HDD but i've tried to boot it up w/o the HD plugged in and out but still have the same problem....just wondering if any one might have a clue as to why the power supply shuts off after a few seconds..

My specs on the new comp. is:
Intel 865GLC mobo
Intel P4 3.2E w/ HT
Kingston 512Mb DDR 3200 ram
Axio X5 case w/ 480W psu

A:upgrading to intel mobo/p4 cpu problem

Welcome to Techspot!

The X5 case should include ATX12v 480v... P4 and AMD Required a 4 pins for 12v extra power. check again and ensure all the plug are connected secured.

The picture is same idea for ATX12v square plug.

you might find it with only 4 yellow and black wire.

let us know if it still not working. P.S. If you look at the PSU information and you didnt find ATX12V, you should scrap the pSU and buy aother one with ATX12V. SORRY


OR your P4 possible have some of heat issues. Make sure P4 heatsink firmly on flat with P4 and ensure it include the thermal grease or Thermal pad.



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I need help, i need to know what would be the best CPU for this motherboard and what EXACTLY it can handle, because i would really like to puch it and be able to use this thign for at least 6 more months. this is the specs on my mobo from the HP website... the mother board is an ASUS A7V-VM.

Motherboard Supplier

System BIOS Supplier

Form Factor

Processor Brand

Processor Socket Type
Socket-A (PGA462)

Processor Family
Athlon (T-Bird, Palomino),
Duron (Spitfire, Morgan)

Maximum Processor Core Frequency
1.67GHz Palomino,
1.4GHz T-Bird;
1.2Ghz Morgan

Proc. Front Side Bus Freq.

Chipset Name
Via KM133A

Chipset "North Bridge" & Revision
KM133A (VT8365A)

Chipset "South Bridge" & Revision
VT82C686B rev CE

Super I/O

Flash BIOS Device
Xbus 2Mbit

Memory Type

Memory Speed

Memory Sockets

Additional Info on my sys:

BIOS version: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0.G for Asustek
Chipset: Via VT8363/5 KT133/KM133 Sys controller
Southbridge: VT82C686A PCI to ISA Bridge
No DMI/SMBIOS Prensent

Current processor AMD Athlon 1.1 Ghz(11x100 MHz DDR)

if anyone has any sugestions or knows what I should do please tell me, i read this post in another forum whiel trying to figure this info out my self, you can check it out just go here:


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A:Need to kno the fastest CPU my mobo can handle, I'm upgrading my CPU

According to the posted specs, the motherboard supports a "max" of a 1.67ghz palomino, which is the AXP 2000+

However, I've used several A7Ms with KT133A chipset and I've had mixed results. All of them were able to handle a 2100+ Palomino, but not thouroughbreds of any sort.

Getting your hands on a palomino might be more difficult these days because they have long since been discontinued. I have a few, they are quite the heaters. I'd say try to get your hands on a 2000+ if you want to upgrade.

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Ok i upgraded my cpu/mobo from intel to AMD. When i tried booting up it gave me a blue screen saying that its going to shut down to prevent damage to my computer and yada yada yada then at the bottom gave me a STOP error. I figure it was problems with drivers from mobo to mobo. so i tried to format the partition of the hdd using my XP cd and during installation of windows that same error comes back up. Is the hdd bad? Am i doing something wrong? Should i fdisk the hdd and format? i figured just fdisking it using a win 98 boot disk would fix it. Maybe the mbr is screwed up? what gives here? any suggestions? Please help me out.

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Hi all,

I have a MSI k7 pro via kt 266a mobo with an athlon xp1600, served me well, however time has moved on.
1/ MSIs website states the max cpu my mobo can take is xp2100 (upgradeing cpu would be cheapest option). Does anyone know any different?

2/ There are some good "bargains" in mobos, as low as 80 bucks Australian, able to take an AMD 64 3200 , based on SIs chipsets. Of the chipsets available, eg, Sis , Via , nforce, are folk noticing any "real world" difference between them.

I occasionally edit and render video-rendering times not a key consideration and occasionally play Lomac and Il2 flight sims. Thats it. Apart from surf the net.

Your input appreciated. Thanks

A:Advice required for mobo update or mobo replacement

i just bought an ecs N2U400-A MB, i already had a couple xtra processors so i didnt need to get the combo, but if I had got the combo, i beleive it came with an athlon xp 2400+ for around $100 american. so far i am very happy with the quality and performance of this new board. BTW, it is an nFORCE2 board

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Does ATI cards conflict with this mobo?
ASUS A8V DELUXE Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard
I heard there would be 'cause the mobo is a VIA. Is that true?
Should the mobo conflict with any of these below and forgive me for the video in a CPUs, Chipsets and Mobos board,
SAPPHIRE Radeon 9550 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card and or
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X800XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO AGP 4X/8X

A:ASUS mobo in conflict with ATI cards? (reaschering the mobo)

Have you asked ati yet? Read what the mobo manufacturer has to say about it?

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