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Unsure Of Mobo Update/upgrade

Q: Unsure Of Mobo Update/upgrade

Hi, for these couple of days when i was playing wc3, i was having alot of screen lag. I have updated all my drives inlcuding video card and proccessor. But im not sure if i upgraded/updated my mobo which is an ASUS. When i went to the site i wasnt sure what to do... Can any 1 help me out here?

Model: ASUS - A7V8X-X
Nvidia Geforce2 Mx/Mx 400
AMD Althon (TM)xp 2000+

Preferred Solution: Unsure Of Mobo Update/upgrade

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: Unsure Of Mobo Update/upgrade

You have a VIA Chipset (KT400A). I'm assuming you have Windows XP - Version 5.10a. You will need to reinstall the video card drivers after installing these.

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Hello, I've updated my tech specs on my comp so clicking the computer icon next to my name will give you all the stats for my pc. Now, on to the main point: I'm looking to upgrade my current AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ processor to an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processor and I've been told that to upgrade processors you need to update your BIOS before installing the new CPU.

If that is the case, (A) where would I go to get any updates for a M2N68-LA motherboard and (B) can anyone tell me if that'll make it work for sure?

Also I'd would appreciate any tips for changing out my processor as this will be my first time doing so. Thank you for any help

A:Solved: How do I update BIOS for my mobo? Needed to upgrade processor?

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From a previous post of mine a couple weeks ago - 7 & XP upgrade plan - I'm not 100% sure I'm following this:


Windows 7 when installed last to another drive should see XP and correctly configure a Dual Boot Menu with the boot-critical MBR files updated on XP which remains System Active.
Boot the Windows 7 DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Options to format the Windows 7 drive before install. The DVD will scan the drives at bootup and see XP to allow Upgrade key.
However this makes the drives interdependent and harder to extricate when ready to get rid of XP. We help do this all the time here, so you can find help when the time comes.
If you'd like to make the HD"s independent so they can come and go as you please, then unplug the XP drive to install Windows 7, re plug, set Windows 7 as first HD to boot in BIOS boot order, then access XP by using the BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key given on first bootup screen.
You'll need to use this workaround if you do that since XP won't be seen by the Windows 7 installer: http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...he-answer.aspx

Is the below the proper procedure for adding a new drive with Win 7 Pro onto a computer with a registered/licensed XP Pro installation on c: drive ?

1: add new HDD to system for new Win 7 install from W7 upgrade DVD
2: Set bios to boot from DVD drive as 1st boot device with W& upgrade dvd in drive
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A:Unsure on W7 from XP upgrade

Not entirely sure I follow you but:

The Windows 7 upgrade install disc is an independent animal and does not need to know anything about XP whatsoever. You are entitled to it because you have a qualifying OS disc. (Windows XP). XP does not have to be installed. The Windows 7 install doesn't have to "verify" anything except that you have qualifying hardware and a valid key.

If you leave the XP drive connected, you will end up with a traditional dual boot as far as I know. You don't want that.

So disconnect the XP drive first, before starting anything. Have the Win 7 install disc in the DVD drive.

Start up, go immediately to BIOS with appropriate key, set boot order to DVD first. Save changes and boot from DVD. Choose custom install early in the process. Choose "drive options/advanced" a few screens later when you see the partition screen. At the next screen you would delete all partitions and create at least 1 new one for C of maybe 50 or 60 GB. Mark it active and install 7. Get all Windows updates, install antivirus, and look in disk management to confirm partitions are healthy and recognized. Make more partitions if needed.

When you are satisfied Win 7 is operating OK independently, you can worry about reconnecting the XP drive.

Let others verify this as I am not a dual boot expert, but this is my understanding based on your intentions.

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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?

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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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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I'm upgrading my parents PC and am having trouble finding the right RAM for it. I've identified the motherboard as a Intel Pentium 4 Socket 423 Monterrey Gateway. A direct link of the exact motherboard is here http://www.logicalplus.com/inpe4so423mo.html

I've already made the mistake of ordering the wrong RAM once due to the Crucial PC scanner incorrectly identifying the motherboard! I know the PC takes RDRAM and that it currently has 2x 128mb already in it with the other slots filled with CRIMMS.

Any advice would be great

A:Solved: Unsure of RAM upgrade for my motherboard....

You should be going be the Gateway model of the whole system rather then the just the motherboard if you can. Do you know the model of the system? Other then that it looks like each slot will support a 512MB module, installed in pairs. PC600 and PC800 are supported speeds.

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I'm really new to the tech/ computer world, and know next to nothing about graphics cards. I was wondering if someone could help me figure out what graphics card I can upgrade my computer to (if I can upgrade at all) I was wanting to buy the new Sims 4 game, but after having played a very slow and choppy Sims 3 for years on this computer, I'm ready to actually play a game smoothly without it freezing all the time.

Here's what computer I have:
Compaq Presario PC SR5601P
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 4400
Dual-Core Processor
Memory: 1 GB
Hard drive: 250 GB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Graphics
Windows Vista SP 1


A:Unsure of what graphics card my computer can upgrade to

Sims 4 System Requirements & your PC system results

For Sims 4 according to the link above, your CPU GPU and memory is lacking for even the minimum system specs. We can recommend a GPU, but that's not all you need if you plan on playing Sims 4. And if you get a stronger GPU, chances are you will also need a stronger PSU. If 300W's is all you have for power, you are limited to sub $100 graphic cards. Which would be fine for Sims 4, but then you also have a CPU and memory that needs upgrading.

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A Friend's computer is a mess, running unbearably slow, want to replace her 128 memory with at least 256, but not sure I am buying correct module. Her processor is a 80526, 733,256, 133, Fiber Channel 80(off her parts list). They have a Dual in line memory module, 128, 100M,16x64 4K, 168 in the computer now. At dell, it is selling a replacement for her Dimension L seris at SDRAM PC 133 168 Pin. Is this what I should be buying, as it looks like the module in the computer now is running at 100 M not 133m. Any help would be appreciated!

A:CPU unsure, need to update memory, Help!

how old is this computer...tell me and ill help you

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site: http://www.habbo.com
overview: Habbo is an online social community where you can login/chat with an avatar.

I am having problems accessing their game client. I can login to my account on the homepage fine, but when I try to enter the actual client it redirects to a 'maintenance break' parking page. The maintenance break finished over 12 hours ago, and other players can log back in fine - but i'm still getting redirected to the maintenance page.

I have deleted all my temporary files/cookies and refreshed, given it 12 hours but still no change. Is there a chance my ISP has cached(?) the maintenance page and is redirecting me to it automatically? Can't think of a reason it would be doing it.

note: The problem is the same for all the computers in the house using the same internet connection as I am.

Thanks for any help in advance,

A:Page won't update, maybe ISP caching? Unsure.

any ideas?

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We use Desktop Central to manage our windows updates. I've come across a new error that I have not seen all year. They are telling me it's a Microsoft error and they have no information on it. 
I have a couple of Windows 7 machines that have the following error on multiple updates.
An attempt was made to create more links on a file than the file system supports.

Of the machines having this issue, they're not all the same KB. Using one of the machines as example, it's having this issue with 3 updates.
2019-10 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4519976)

2019-09 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4516033)

2019-08 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4512486)

Seems like the standard Windows Updates fix's aren't working. Software distribution folder rename, fixit tools, etc. I'm not see this on any of our Windows 10 machines. 
Any idea how to go about resolving this? Reimaging is way at the bottom of the list due to these machines being at remote sites. 

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Hey guys-

Okay, so recently i reformatted my computer and have been unable to figure out how to update my ethernet port drivers.. I realize that it should not be that hard to figure out, but i'm stuck

basic info about my computer:

Dell XPS 600
Media Center 2005 Edition with Service Pack 2

Basically, i was able to download drivers for my wireless card off of a friends computer and just transferred them over to mine.

right now, under my device manager for my network adapters, two things show up.

one is my Linksys Wireless-N USB Network Adapter WUSB300N

the other says 1394 Adapter

Where do i go from here? i cannot seem to figure out where to download from on the Dell site, as entering my service tag got me nowhere.. unless i am looking for the wrong thing? Anyone have any ideas?

A:Solved: unsure of how to update my ethernet port drivers

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My microphone, as of last night, as started producing a "buzzing" noise to its listeners. I can't hear it unless I go into recording devices and click "listen to this device". It's a constant buzz, as long as my mic is enabled (I do a lot of push-to-talk in video games). I've tried another headset with the same result. I updated my video card (GTX 960) with no change. Restarted the computer of course, as well. Just trying to see how to diagnose the exact issue before I go buying a new computer case or something. Thanks in advance.

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Your advice please:Am running WIN98SE (after formatting, partitioning). HD is only 8.4GB, but after 3 years of hard use still have roughly 5GB free. ( Am a software junky but store most appys on CDRs and ZIPs.
I am not a gamer. Computer is Packard Bell multimedia, AMD-K6-2,3DNOW,model 955. I've changed CDROM to 52X and installed a good burner(both less than 6 months ago). All in all, (using DSL), am well pleased with system. However, I've been thinking of upgrading by changing to maybe 40GB HD, and new MOBO. I can get the ASUS A7V133 raid mobo w/VIAKT133A chipset w/Socket A interface, AND 1.2GB AMD Athlon processor for $169 + tax. Will I also have to upgrade power supply( don't have specs on present one)? Your thoughts please. Thanks, again.

A:MOBO/HD Upgrade

Old adage . . ."If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

More than likely, the K6 is using 2 or 4 clock dimms, or possibly 66 MHZ dimms. Your new board will require new memory, as your existing RAM will be too slow.

You will more than likely need a new powewr supply as Athlones like to suck the juise. Recommended minimum is 250 - 300 Watts. An additional fan or 2 for the hot Athlones would also be necessary.

If your also asking on whether or not you should go for the upgrade, I will only ask you this . . .

Do you need it?

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Mobo upgrade, I'm so miserable

I currently have a Dell Dimension 3000 and I realize it sucks nutz. No AGP or nothin, just PCI. 1 year ago I knew nothing of graphics cards and I used my Christmas money to buy a Graphics card. The problem was that I bought an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GPU based Graphics card and went home finding out that I needed a PCI-express slot. So I returned it the next day and asked the Best Buy dude to give me that best PCI Bus based Graphics card, I got a crappy GeForce 6200. So now I'm know a bunch about Graphics cards and there slots and thinking of upgrading my motherboard. But I don't think there's a mobo that could fit the case. Bottom line:
Can I upgrade?
If I can, what's the best to upgrade?

WinXP home
512 physical ram
Intel Pentium 4 2.79Ghz
256mb nvidia geforce 6200 gpu graphics card


A:Mobo upgrade

There's currently a similar thread up on upgrading computers...

Your case is slightly different tho, but there's a good list of 478 mobos with PCIe x16.

The thread is here...

... but the mobo that was recommended by vnf4ultra is here:

The GeForce 7300 is considered a pretty low end card, so the other issues discussed probably would not be a problem for you.

It'd help if you'd list the specs in your computer at the moment. The specs I can dig from google shows that a good RAM upgrade is desperately needed. 256mb is just not adequate today.

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I need an expert opinion on a 775 mobo.

Here are the specs (all the hardware listed is already purchased)

P4 651 3.4ghz
1gb Buffalo ddr2-4200 sdram 533mhz d2u533b
nvidia 7900gs 256mb PCI-E
Sony CD and DVD combo Drives
Hitachi 80gb 7200rpm HD
420W Antec PSU

I bought this hardware to go with my computer, long story short, It didn't work with my system. Now I'm to the point where just want a Mobo and case. Don't care about features and "bling-bling" just as long as it works.

So can someone point me towards a good budget Mobo? Preferably micro ATX.


has anyone had experience with the Foxconn 945GZ7MC-RS2H Mobo?

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mobo upgrade HELP

ok.. ive looked every where and i cant find the thread .. but i know its here somewhere!

its about when upgrading your motherboard and how to keep windows valid or something like that ?

cheers for your help

A:mobo upgrade

Is this the thread you seek?

Regards Howard

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Hi everyone

after a summer of being absolutely skint/void of money and coming close to annihalating my PC I've decided now that I have some money to upgrade.

I'm on a students budget so not looking to spend too much, but I'm wanting to get a decent enough system upgraded from my last with a case that will provide sufficient enough cooling, with a view of pawning my old system off on my father who is still running one of those PC's that has a mouse and wheel included with the PSU
(don't worry my system still functions and is more than enough for what he'd use it for )

anyway I just wanted to get some advice, see if the system I've put together is considered enough.





and possibly



Currently using a HIPER 530WATT BLACK PSU

with a few HDDs so they won't be an issue I don't think.

As I said I'm on a budget, have got a pretty good system at the moment, but think that rather than buying my dad a new computer, would be worth upgrading my own and giving him my current system.

(AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.21ghz)

Thanks for your time.


A:Looking to upgrade mobo/GFX

I'd recommend that you go with the AMD Phenom II X3 720 processor instead of the Athlon II X4 620 with this motherboard. Also, the Radeon HD 4870 (1GB) would be a better choice for a gfx card.

As for the case, I personally like the Antec 900 case better. You can find it here. (However, case is a matter of personal tastes.)

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Trying to do an XP upgrade from Win98. I do the compatability test and it will not let me continue to install the upgrade because it says my video card and MoBo are not compatible..

It's an older system..

I have a Nvidia geforce II MX 100/200 video card, I am running it on a AMD k6 400 processor

My MoBo is an Asus socket 7 with an Ali 1541 chipset. I have all of the appropriate Ali drivers.

I have just under 300 meg of ram.

If anyone can help with a fix or patch or whatever, I would appreciate it greatly.. Thanks..

A:XP upgrade and MOBO

This comes straight from the Windows catalog on Microsoft's website.

Microsoft's Windows Catalog

Your CPU is not compatible with XP.
Also looks like MoBo is incompatible.
The VidCard should be compatible.

And unfortunately, as far as I know, there are no patches or fixes to work with. Only option is to upgrade the hardware.

If anyone knows of anything, please feel free to correct me.

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I have been thinking about this for a little while. I'm running a pretty low-end machine now-a-days, it was a star a while back, but technology is changing so rapidly that I have no desire to shell out money by the buckets, to keep up. However, it's become a problem when I decide to play a new game that looks really good, only to find out, it sucks on my computer. So, the big question, upgrade or not to upgrade?

I currently have a Foxconn mobo, with a 1.85 GHz CPU, running 2.5GB DDR (Yes, DDR not DDR2) RAM. Nvidia GeForce 6200 AGP gfx card.

Upgrade Gfx card, or my whole Mobo? If anyone has any cheap but performance upgrades they can share with me, I'm happy to listen, as is, buying a new mobo, would cause me to buy new RAM, and a new gfx card, probably would upgrade CPU as well... Any pointers?

A:Mobo, to upgrade or not?

Look others may say your Mobo can do this or you just need to do that, or buy this one thing.

But you are best to buy the entire new computer box (with everything in it, including Windows key)
Then sell the old one, and recover some costs in doing so.

So therefore your Title would say, help me to purchase a new computer. To run these games or this certain program, or whatever that you want it to do

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I currently have an ASUS P3B-F Mobo, 466 MHz Celeron CPU, and 128 MB PC-100 RAM. This setup has sufficed for many years.

Now, I'm into digital photography. I want to manipulate and print pics. My system above is quite slow.

Should I upgrade to a faster CPU (can go to P3 1.0 GHz), and more RAM or should I purchase another MOBO, CPU, and RAM?

Cost vs. performance is an issue.

What is the most performance gain that I can get with the least cost?

Thank you for your assistance!

A:Upgrade or new MOBO?

get upgraded cpu,mobo, ram combo.
most people doung video editing are using 1.5-3.0 processors and love them

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Hi I want to boost my PC and I have a old Asus Motherboard.I was planning to upgrade to a Biostar Motherboard but am nor sure.Will the new PSU work on my old mobo?

A:How do I upgrade to a new mobo

Shatarupa said:

Hi I want to boost my PC and I have a old Asus Motherboard.I was planning to upgrade to a Biostar Motherboard but am nor sure.Will the new PSU work on my old mobo?Click to expand...

There are more concerns you should look at first, for starters is the socket type the same or do you plan on getting a new CPU along with it. Plus in my book, going from an Asus to a Biostar would be a down grade, why don't you post your specs and we can give you some assistance on upgrading your machine as just swapping boards would not change much if anything.

But to answer your question, Yes the PSU will still work.

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I apologize in advance as I'm sure this topic has been discussed elsewhere. I have already read MANY threads on the topic but still have a few questions. I have an HP Media Center PC that was purchased new in 06. It has a Pentium D-920. I recently upgraded the Video card (Radeon HD4650), PSU (from 300W to 700W), and RAM (from 2 to 4GB... only 3.25 usable). The fps jumped from 15-20 to 120-135. SWEET!!!
But startup is still really slow, itunes takes 20-30 sec to get started, and many applications become unstable when running parallel with others.

I am considering buying a new tower, i5-750, compatible Mobo, and new DDR3 RAM.
I may instead buy a lesser upgrade package that will allow me to Utilize my current DDR2 RAM.

Either way, I have no interest in purchasing windows 7. I would like to keep XP running after the hardware changes. I have read about many different ways to accomplish this but the more I read, the more conflicting opinions I find. Many posts recommend doing a repair install...This appears (at least I think) to keep your settings and files intact...which I do not need.

Question #1: Can I upgrade the mobo/cpu and still utilize the original XP OS/license
*I Do NOT need to keep any data currently on the HDD, all important personal files are backed up
*I would actually prefer starting from scratch over keeping anything currently on the drive
*I Do NOT have a retail XP disc, I have only the partition labeled D: ... and the back-up/recovery discs that the machin... Read more

A:Upgrade Mobo....keep OS

"Question #1: Can I upgrade the mobo/cpu and still utilize the original XP OS/license
*I Do NOT need to keep any data currently on the HDD, all important personal files are backed up
*I would actually prefer starting from scratch over keeping anything currently on the drive
*I Do NOT have a retail XP disc, I have only the partition labeled D: ... and the back-up/recovery discs that the machine recommended I make."
1.) Unfortunately, the answer is most likely NO. When you make a change to a computer such as: a new motherboard, Windows considers this as a "new computer", and the verification process for the serial key is needed to activate Windows (in my experience). BUT, it's usually no problem because the computer is pretty much the same so Microsoft will authenticate the key after the installation.

The fact that you will install a new mobo and cpu etc; means that Microsoft could consider it a "new computer" instead of an upgrade. (especially if you are considering buying a new tower, etc)

Legally, you'll probably need to purchase another copy of XP, but you should contact Microsoft to be 100% sure.


2.) No, Media Center Edition is really not a problem as far as CPU/mobo, it's just different features are included in the Operating System such as Windows Media Center, which wasn't included with some other versions of XP. The compatibility will be just... Read more

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When should I upgrade my motherboard?

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 7850G Socket AM3 MB

Silverstone Strider ST50F ATX 500W PSU

Seagate 500GB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3
Corsair XMS3 2GB PC10666 DDR3 Dual Channel 1333MHz
Biostar Radeon HD 4670 512MB DDR3 PCIe, HDMI

Should I wait until I want to upgrade the cpu?

Right now I just plan to upgrade the gpu to a GTX 550 ti and add more RAM for gaming.

A:When to upgrade Mobo?

People normally upgrade the motherboard when they want to upgrade their CPU, so I'd wait for that.

If you just want to upgrade your graphics card and RAM, you should keep your current motherboard.

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Ok Pc wouldn't start last week so I took it into the repair guy.

Repair guy just phoned and said that it looks like a power surge destroyed the PSU and took out the Motherboard at the same time. So I told him I'll take my Pc home and look at doing an upgrade over the next couple of weeks, buy the parts and bring it back to him to install it.

Ok so what I'm looking at the moment is buying a gigabyte s775 GA-Ep45T-UD3LR core 2 Motherboard for $120 Au and A Quad core Q9400 cpu $233 AU. I need to do this as cheap as possible and to me this looks like a good solution as everything else is working and should fit in my new motherboard.

If anyone can see any problems with this or a cheaper solution or even if I should get a newer motherboard, memory, CPU ect then let me know. The only thing I don't like is that I can't run multiple Graphics cards on this motherboard, which now seems to make the New Antec 1000 watts psu look like overkill.

If I go with this solution I will need in the future to get Windows 7 (I have xp pro now) so I can run more and faster memory in the Motherboard. But even with a quad core cpu I should be able to run FSX fairly well anyway...hopefully

Ok I have just noticed that My old 800MHZ ram is DDR 2...that's not going to run in the new mobo is it??

Any suggetstions welcome


A:Psu / Mobo / CPU Upgrade

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does ne one if it is possible to upgrade my current mobo to this one? ASROCK L775 PT880-ULTRA S/L DDR1 ,DDR2, AGP and PCI-E. all the info on my computer specs is in dropdown, plz help if not enough info on here tell me and i'll fix, i rlly need help, if this cnat work plz im up for suggestion, can replace video card and ram easily just worried about drives, psu and maybe cpu but it comes with one so..

A:Mobo upgrade help

Is your P-4 2.4 GHZ a slot 775?

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Hello everyone, looking for a new CPU and Motherboard in the $250-$300 range.
I'm an extensive gamer, but also use my computer for school work.
I am currently running:
3.2 gHz Intel Pentium 4 540
2 Gig DDR2 RAM
9800GT 1024Mb
Onboard Sound

Right now I'm just looking for a few answers. I am running a fast single core processor, would a dual core or quad core processor, which are slower, benefit me in game? Would spending $250-$300 be worth it, or would I need to spend more before I see performance improvements?

Thank you for your help.

A:Looking for a new CPU/Mobo upgrade

You could go with something like this...

ram( if needed)

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i have a :
845ebg2 intel 2.4
2*256 mb pc-2100 memory
bfg 6800 gt oc 256 mb video card (new part)
audio card: audigy 2
win xp sp1 as is (never figured out which proccessed are neccesery and which not)

ok, heres the thing, if i play on high levels (not the highest) i get choppines , now the old cpu isnt hellping of course but what i am asking is what difference will upgrading the memory from 512mb to 1gb or above do, will it help?

something i noticed in games is that of all things its the audio that preceeds the coppines, like the annoying orders in bf2 or the characters talking in half life : episode one.

will memory help alot or will it be an insignificant change.? what else can i do?

by the way: please no "just upgrade you cheap basterd...."

A:Old mobo-what can i upgrade?

The memmory will help alot, but that processor is your second bottleneck, but it's really not a bad system.

So to answer you're question yea, having more ram (up to 1gb) will help.

Make sure though it is the same brand and speed for compatibility.

By the way, if you know, how fast is the harddrive? That two could be you worst enemy and most people don't think twice about it (if once).

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if i wanted to get a new mobo and cpu for a computer what would i need to do? do i need to uninstall the mobo before i switch them? help me as to what I need to do.


A:mobo, cpu upgrade what do I do

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I want to upgrade my Dad's Fujitsu 450Mhz Pentium (Slot 1) to something around 1Ghz. He wants to spend under 100.

I've looked at CPU upgrade kits for around 70 which seem simple to install. But would it be better to upgrade the whole motherboard along with a new CPU?

Would the old existing hardware still work after the new motherboard is installed?

All advice welcomed!

A:Upgrade CPU - or MoBo and CPU?

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hi, can anyone suggest a decent mobo upgrade from this one, pc just died, i will get new psu , cpu looks ok, was a smell of burnt plastic when it went think its mobo myself.
thnx in advance

A:mobo upgrade -ga-7vaxp

GigaByte board? I've still got a GA-7VA running XP. It doesn't have a fan on either chipset but the GA-7VAXP did on one, if I can remember all those years back. If so, was that still running?
You'll have a problem locating a new Socket A motherboard, let alone one compatible with whatever Athlon or Sempron (maybe even Duron?) you use - the mobo's were a bit choosey in those days. Also, you'll probably have PC2700 or PC3200 RAM and you'll have to check that whatever replacement mobo you get will accept what you have got.
If you're using Win 98SE (my favourite still! ) you won't find a current generation mobo with drivers for it - at least, I can't find one for any OS older than Win 2000.
New low-end mobo's and dual core CPU's are really cheap, as is most hardware, so you might consider it worthwhile to build a whole new rig - including the power supply. It's not worth taking a risk with the old PSU if the mobo has blown.
Good luck!

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hi guys

my pc is not as fast as it shoud be running 3d programs music and things slows it down a lot.

its got a 2ghz cpu and 2gb of ram so not really a slow pc i think
the problem is with the mobo as its a cheap one that was fitted
when my ns7 mobo dident work now i am looking to upgrade if you
think it will help i have a
agp gfx card,
DDR 184 PIN PC3200 ram
and socet a cpu
so i need a mobo to work with that any idears??


A:mobo upgrade problems.

Hi there,

What makes you 100% sure it's the mobo?
I would recommend a Asus A7N8X but it would have to be second hand from somewhere - I don't think the main motherboard players are still producing SocA hardware.
Maybe Ebay it. Find one from a recognised manufacturer - Gigabyte, Asus, MSI for example, and then do a review search.
You may want to check memory compatibility too. This is normally lists on the memory makers website or the motherboard makers webiste too.

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I have a standard HP desktop computer. Its processor is an AMD 3700+. I am looking to upgrade either now or soon. Since it is a HP it has a generic mobo. I tried to find out its name through physical examination and Everest. Neither ending with sucess. I have read up on processor upgrading and noticed you need to find out if that certain processor works with your mobo. As far as I know there is no way I can find that out. I know my mobo is a 989 socket. My chipset on my mobo is, all this info is according to Everest, ATI Radeon Xpress 200 AMD Hammer. I am looking to eventually upgrade to a AMD FX 60 or so. Question is how should I go about doing this seeing as I dont know what the mobo's name is so I cant look up if it is compatible. I was thinking maybe getting the processor in-store at a best buy that way if it didnt work then I could easily return it. I have 1 more question, does your chipset determine what kind of video card you use? Example, when I first got my video card I got a nvidia 6600 oc. This card didnt work at all and the integrated graphics performed much better. I returned the card as a faulty product. I then got a ATI x1300 512mb that improved my performance and worked just fine. Again I am interested in upgrading to a nvidia 7900gt. Again since I have a ATI chipset will an nvidia card work? I am thinking maybe that is why the first one wouldnt work. Ok hopefully you guys can help me. Keep in mind that I have a generic HP desktop computer with a x1300 at... Read more

A:CPU upgrade and Mobo questions.

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hey all ya overclockers, in the near feuture i plan to buy a new mobo, cpu. i want to get somthing less expensive maby amd and overclock it. and the ram does any one reccomend a good chip and board for not a lot. my budget is "as low as i can" it need sata 1.5g and ddr ram and an agp{this could be optional if it had onboard video]and at least 1 ide channel[don't think thats hard] atx or microatx form factor any 1 got suggestions??

A:lookin to upgrade mobo

You are on a very tight budget...right?I don't think AMD has to be your choice. There will probably be a lot of opinions on your question. I would get and ECS P4M800PRO-M motherboard. They are an inexpensive but reliable motherboard. Like anything else, maintain all your components well. Keep them cool and not full of dust and fur balls and stuff. It has the Intel 775 CPU socket. This gives you a lot of choices. I would get an Intel 945 or 925 Presler, dual core CPU. The 945 runs @ 3400mhz x2. Each core has 2 MB of cache. It has the hookup for your sata 1.5. It does have an AGP slot. You can run, 400 mhz/533mhz. DDR or DDR2 ram. The front side bus of the Presler processor is 800. The FSB of the board is 1066 (all will work). At Fry's I got the motherboard and cpu bundle(the ones I listed) for about $125. I run 2 Gigs of 533mhz ddr2 with a couple of SATA 1.5's and My Vista program give me a 4.6 performance ratio. XP runs great on it also. I am stepping up to the new Intel QUAD soon but this setup has been very competitive. I run an EVGA 8800 GTS 320mb SC GFX and it games with no hesitations. Good Luck.

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I've decided to upgrade this machine, as it is becoming a bit dated.
The only problem is I don't know what to upgrade.

I am on a limited budget, and thus can not afford to upgrade both cpu& mobo along with the video card.

First the three alternatives I'm looking at:

A64 3000+ and msi K8 Neo Platinum (Socket 754)
A64 3500+ and MSI K8T Neo2 Fir (Socket 939)
An X800 based card

1 is what I'd call a stop-gap upgrade as it won't be a very big upgrade (from my 2500+), nor one which I'd expect to last very long. It'll neither have Socket 939 nor PEG which would be nice to have. But it is cheap and I could get it faster.
2 is a bit more future-proof with Socket 939 and a better cpu. It won't have PEG, but as I can not afford both this and a new video card, I can live with that (besides, mobo's are cheap compared to cpu's)
3 will accomplish what I'd really like, as I'll be able to turn AA back on in BF1942 (running AA at 1280*1024 is not working in that game).

2 and 3 is around the same price and are the ones which are the most tempting. 1 is cheaper and thus won't affect my budget too much.

And a few Q's
As I'm using Win2k, will I see any effect of going 64-bit?
I know there is a 64-bit version of XP coming, but I'd prefer to stick to Win2k. Will (and how will) it work?

Also, do you agree with my choices for motherboard in 1 and 2, or do you have other ... Read more

A:Which upgrade (A64 +mobo or X800)

I too vote for a Socket-754 / 3000+ upgrade for now. Once VGA cards start leaving AGP, it'll make thos cards even cheaper.

Since you seem to change mobos everytime you upgrade your CPU anyways, I don't think it's such a big deal for you to go socket-754 now & eventually get a socket-939 system further down the road.

& even if you don't, you can always get a 3700+ for your socket-754 board. The only downside I see is that 0.09 Athlon64s aren't scheduled to be released for the socket-754 platform. But in any case, they already run quite cool as it is.

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I've been here several times for various problems, so this was the first place I could think of when I have a problem.

I currently have:

Windows XP Pro SP3
3.0 Ghz Dual Core
1Gb ram

It's a P.o.S. system I cobbled together about a year ago. Unfortunately, the mobo does not have an AGP/PCI-E slots, only regular PCI. I had a Geforce fx 5700 PCI GFX card in there, but it crapped out on me a few days ago.

So now I'm stuck with the onboard.

My question is, should I just pick up a new PCI GFX card, or first upgrade the mobo to include PCI-E?

If anyone has any suggestions on some good, cheap PCI cards, that'd be great. It's housed in a business 'slim' Compaq case, so in order for me to have a PCI card in there that's normal size, I have to leave the top off.

I'd be more than happy to supply more information if people want to recommend GFX/Mobo suggestions.

I'm not made of money, it's kinda tight, so the cheaper the better.

As far as games are concerned, I don't play much, mainly World of Warcraft, so I'm not looking for SLI or anything such. The more graphic options I can turn on, the better

EDIT: Here's some more information I thought I should provide:

It's an HP dc5000 sff business desktop.
Intel 865GV Motherboard (it has an open spot for AGP, just no slot)
185 Watt PS (yuck...)

I can get a generic PS and case no problem. Can anyone recommend me a good mobo/GFX combo, or even just a good GFX... Read more

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Please answer if you can.
I have a Slot 1 DFI P2XLX Mobo with a Intel 440lx agp chipset.

I recently purchased a Super Sloket 3 converter and I was wondering what the max P3 I could use effieciently would be.

The specs for the boards BUS frequency are: The External BUS Clock frequency is controlled by a software setting in the "Chipset Features Setup" screen in the BIOS Setup Utility. The current BIOS version supports frequency settings of 60/66/68/75/83MHz.
It has up to a 5x multiplier

Does this limit me to a 400mhz chip or could I upgrade the bios to support a higher BUS frequency?

A:Mobo Chip Upgrade

First of all ,the P3 doesn't use the Super Socket 3 .It uses Socket 370.You could see if DFI has any update for your BIOS.It may help to support higher bus speeds and clock multipliers.As of now ,your mobo can support only 83 Mhz.*5=415 Mhz. Processors.

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Hi everyone.
I was happily using Windows 7 with a Sandy Bridge mobo/CPU and everything was pretty stable.

I decided to upgrade to a Haswell mobo/CPU (Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H + Intel Core i5 4670K) and since, my setup has been very unstable.

I've reinstalled Windows 7 and I had a lot of BSOD.

I've since installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 Pro and it hasn't been better.

I've ran MemTest and Windows Memory Diagnostic, but found no errors. (Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB 4X4GB)

Using WhoCrashed, I've noticed that the culprit seems to be : ntkrnlmp.exe
The error is often : IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Now I'm trying without my discrete GPU (PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850)... I'll update on my situation.

Also, I've been having problems with USB3... but that has been well documented already...

Thanks for reading and helping.

A:3-4 BSOD every day since mobo upgrade

Sometimes a 4x4 memory confiuration requires a slight voltage increase due to the combined 4 module power drain. However, before I would even think about doing that, since your error messages point to (possibly) a memory issue, I would recommend that you try running with just two modules to see if that fixes your errors. If not, I would remove the first two and try the second two. Good luck.

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I built my first computer last summer, here are the specs

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP1
Suse Linux 10
MGE/XG Sidewinder Case
MGE 550w PSU
Intel Celeron D 2.93ghz CPU
MSI P4MAM2-V Series Mobo
Western Digital Caviar 120GB HDD
ATI Radeon 9550 (256)
Santa Cruise Turtle Beach Sound
Dell Data Fax Modem
Logitech MX5000 Desktop
Dell 19'' Trinitron Monitor

I am looking to replace my current ATX motherboard with something that will better suit my needs. I've been looking and the best one I found was this.

I want something with:
Socket 478
8x AGP
2DDR Slots, 4 would be a plus
5 or more PCI slots
The rest is pretty much optional, want to spend somewhere around $75 or less. Is the above mobo any good? Do y'all have any suggestions for me, any help is appreciated.


A:Need help selecting an upgrade mobo.

I would suggest an Abit IS7. The E2 version (2 DDR slots, no IEEE1394) goes for only $68 at Newegg. I have one of those running on my son's PC for 3 years now with no problems. But I bought the full version with 4 DDR slots and 1394.


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I upgraded to Jetway 500dap mobo with ath K7 2500 CPU, 512mb DDR pc 2700. Memory tested OK. Runs OK in Safe Command Mode. But hangs in normal boot up at longest 60seconds after desktop is loaded. reverted to old mobo to get event logs for System and application, and hope that someone who understands these logs can give me a clue what is going wrong.
each log was repeated many times, and one of each is shown.



Event Type: Error
Event Source: VSS
Event Category: None
Event ID: 8193
Date: 06/01/2005
Time: 23:35:10
User: N/A
Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine CoCreateInstance. hr = 0x80040206.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
0000: 57 52 54 57 52 54 49 43 WRTWRTIC
0008: 32 31 31 33 00 00 00 00 2113....
0010: 57 52 54 57 52 54 49 43 WRTWRTIC
0018: 32 30 37 38 00 00 00 00 2078....

Event Type: Error
Event Source: EventSystem
Event Category: (50)
Event ID: 4609
Date: 06/01/2005
Time: 23:28:16
User: N/A
The COM+ Event System detected a bad return code during its internal processing. HRESULT was 8007043C from line 44 of d:\nt_qxp\com\com1x\src\events\tier1\eventsystemobj.cpp. Please contact Microsoft Product Support Services to report this error.

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A:xp hang after mobo upgrade

Since your hardware has changed, XP no longer recognizes it. XP is expecting your old motherboard. You need to boot from the XP CD and do a repair install. Google for XP repair install for more information.

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Good Morning All,
Recently upgraded my RAM and tried to overclock my CPU. OCing the CPU (Q6600) didn't seem to be a problem but the RAM (Corsair 2x2GB TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF) won't run at 1066 at all on my mobo. I just get BSODs.
I've turned the RAM down to 1050 and this gives me one BSOD and then boots and runs ok. I've got the Q6600 at 2.7.
I'm not happy with this so I've decided I need a mobo upgrade plus a better case (I don't need that, just deserve it lol)
My local PC guru recommends the Asus P5Q Pro (currently got P5N-E SLI) and I can afford that along with a Coolermaster Cosmos S.
I've looked at the P5Q Deluxe and it doesn't really seem worth the half as much again I'd have to pay. I'm happy with my current GPU (BFG 8800 GTS OC 512) although I might go for a top end ATI when they come down in price.
But basically the P5Q Pro seems to have what I need and is supoosed to be a wicked overclocker.
Does anyone have any experience with this board? I notice it only has 8 phase power rather than 16. Not really sure what that means but is it a problem?
I'd be glad of any comments/advice
Think I'd better buy this quick before my credit card becomes a piece of plastic lol
Best wishes to all. John

A:Advice on mobo upgrade?

I've got 8 gigs of the same ram running at 1066 on my P5Q Deluxe, don't see why 4 wouldn't run just fine for you on the P5Q Pro.

That's one of the reasons I got the Asus board. I'm not an Asus fanboy, but I read they will will often run all ram slots at faster than 800 where other boards don't, and so far it hasn't disappointed me.

Whatever you do however, don't install their crappy software. It doesn't like x64 much.

I like the Cosmos S, wish I'd gotten that instead of the 1000 at times, thought the 1000 is a lot quieter. I'm going to see if I can snag the mobo tray from the S and put it in my 1000, as I've stumbled into beta testing a lot of CPU coolers lately and it's a pain in the ass to take the mobo out all the time. I think the S has a cutout so you don't have to remove the mobo. Maybe I can convince them to send me one

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Hi, Id like to start by saying my knowledge of PC's, software, hardware etc. is very limited and big words do confuse me.

My issue is that my current PC is quite old and dated and I want to upgrade it, however I cant afford a complete new build all at once.

I want to upgrade my mother board firstly, however currently Im running OEM Windows 7 Home Edition and if I have my facts straight I wont be able to just upgrade my mobo without installing a new version of windows.

I would also like to upgrade to windows 8, ideally by purchasing the upgrade DVD.

Is it possible to do both? and if so, how?

My assumption is if I upgrade to windows 8 before I change the mobo, I cant change the mobo without a new version of windows as it will be tied to the old mobo. And if I change the mobo first, I cant run the upgrade DVD properly.

Hopefully Im wrong and its a really simple process, any and all advice appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

A:New mobo + windows 8 upgrade possible?

First off, depending on how old the motherboard your replacing is, you may end up having parts that are not compatible with your new motherboard. You may be doing yourself a disservice trying to buy a motherboard to fit those older parts as well. You can build pretty cheaply gathering part from Newegg.com for a new build, if you looked into it already you might already be aware of that.

As far as the OS goes. If you don't have a retail copy of Windows that can be installed into your new build and then upgraded to Windows 8, then you might be better off just installing something like Ubuntu while you wait on the release of Windows 8. Then pickup an OEM version of Windows 8 that you could do a full install with.

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I recently had a new mobo combo installed in my desktop. Now everytime I start the system(after shut-down), I have to change the clock settings for Win XP Home. Any ideas what may cause this? Could the cmos battery on the mobo possibly be weak?
* System Summary *

Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3000+ 1.8 GHz
Math Support: Present
BIOS: VIAK8M - 42302e31 Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG, 10/1
Bus Type: PCI, ISA, USB
Ports: 1 Parallel, 2 Serial
Memory: 447 MB (50% Utilized)
Floppy Disks: 1.44 MB
Hard Disks: 37.31 GB
Multimedia: Sound, CD-ROM
Video: 1024 x 768 in 32-Bit Color, VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP Ver. 6.14
Motherboard: K8M800-M7A

< Operating System >
Windows: 5.1 (Build 2600) XP Home Edition (upgraded from Win98)

A:Solved: MoBo-CPU upgrade

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Hey, I'm trying to upgrade my Dell dimension 2400 with a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 processor, 512 MB, 40 GB; and getting a mother board with PCI express slots for gaming as well as one that will support at least a gig of ram. I want to keep processor though. Help is great!

A:Upgrade Dell MoBo

You'd need a micro atx socket 478 board with pci-express x16 then. They've been made but are hard to find. It'd be a lot easier to find one with agp...
I replaced my 2300's board with a gigabyte 8IG1000MK, which has agp, and it's a decent board. Asus also makes some nice boards with agp that are matx and socket 478. I belive it was Asrock who made the one board with pci-e, socket 478, and micro atx form factor that I've seen, but not 100% sure.

Edit: here it is.
But it has limitations on which pci-e cards it supports since it's a "fake" pci-express slot.

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I currently have a Q6600 processor with 4 Gig DDR 2 Ram.

I want to upgrade my Mobo and processor but still keep the DDR 2. I also have Win 7 so I will do a reinstall at 64 Bit.

Any ideas what Processor and Mobo I should get? I'm in the Uk, and have about 300 to spend. Any help would be great

A:Processor and Mobo upgrade

What motherboard do you currently have? A little hard to suggest anything when we don't know what you are currently using

What else do you have in the system, this will also have an impact on your choice of motherboard (although only marginally).

What speed is your DDR2 RAM?

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I currently have an ASUS P3B-F Mobo, 466 MHz Celeron CPU, and 128 MB PC-100 RAM. This setup has sufficed for many years.

Now, I'm into digital photography. I want to manipulate and print pics. My system above is quite slow.

Should I upgrade to a faster CPU (can go to P3 1.0 GHz), and more RAM or should I purchase another MOBO, CPU, and RAM?

Cost vs. performance is an issue.

What is the most performance gain that I can get with the least cost?

Thank you for your assistance!

A:Graphics: Upgrade or New MOBO?

You could do all of what you mentioned!
Butt one way (inexpensive) to start with maybe to upgrade your Memory!
128 is fairly low (IMHO) for graphics. I use 512 Meg and still lock up occasionally on an AMD 450.


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Here is a quick summary for those who don't want the whole shebang: I need suggestions for a good ATX motherboard and CPU that will handle simple games like Roblox and 1080p movie streaming.

I have a nearly 10 year old desktop computer, nothing special at all. It is the family desktop, so it will not be used for anything other than super light gaming (my nephew plays Roblox on it), surfing and watching movies. I bought a BenQ 1080p 24'' monitor for my own gaming PC and connected it to both that and this desktop to give the rest of the family a bit of an upgrade. I noticed right away that the computer already performed slower with this higher resolution. It is also running a 32-bit processor, and I have a copy of windows 7 pro 64 bit that I want to put on that machine, so I need suggestions for a CPU and mobo that will run me less than buying a new computer from scratch. The parts are all good and well maintained, I just want to upgrade to 64 bit so that we can take advantage of the free upgrade to windows 10, and possibly even adding more memory in the future if my nephew starts playing higher quality games as he gets older.

EDIT: my only requirement is that the motherboard must be full ATX, since I do not want to replace the case.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

A:CPU/Mobo upgrade for non gaming

WorldFamousWiz said:

EDIT: my only requirement is that the motherboard must be full ATX, since I do not want to replace the case!Click to expand...

If you do indeed have a full ATX case, it will fit mATX as well as miniITX motherboards.

What exactly is your budget?

Newegg has kits anywhere from $100 to $800. - http://www.newegg.com/DIY-PC-Combos/PromotionStore/ID-33/Page-6

These are nice kits for around $300

I know you said you didn't want to replace the case but for around 300 this is not a bad deal

You can find lower prices at Tigerdirect with smaller bundles. - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=14
In my opinion don't get a kit with Celeron or Pentium, unless you are planing an upgrade in the future to i5 or i7. Bewarned though that Intel pricing doesn't fall as quickly as one would hope.

As for AMD suggestions, you'll need to speak with someone else. I'm not an AMD follower. I will admit that for the best savings AMD is the way to go. But then performance wise they struggle to compare to Intel, when you match prices. Which is the very reason I advised not to get Celeron or Pentium. The i3 or comparable AMD is the perfect performance level to be. ... Read more

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