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CPU/motherboard upgrade

Q: CPU/motherboard upgrade

Hello all I am new here and so this is my first thread I have peiced computers together in the past but I am by no means a pro or even a talented enthusiest What I am trying to do now is more of an upgrade I bought a computer from ADK in It is a video audio computer and ADK did a great job I would highly CPU/motherboard upgrade reccommend them If I wasn t trying to save some money I would go back to them but I am trying to do this as inexpensively as possible meaning I would like to keep as much as I can from this computer to use Here is what I currently have Antec Titon case with Thermalake w Intel board DP DP PCIe IDE xSATA Glan xUSB xTI firewire Intel Quad Core Q GHz FSB CPU/motherboard upgrade MB Cache Coolmaster Mars - RR-CCX-W U -GP fan Vantec mm Stealth fans - very quiet SuperTalent DDR PC CL pin RAM GBx HD Seagate GB ATA rpm Raid zero array Seagate x Seagate GB x Video XFX nVidia GeForce GTS MB PCIe MHz DVI HDCP PCIe PIONEER DVR B Dual Layer DVD-RW drive Windows XP Pro bit Monitors I want to replace the MB with a Z MB and the CPU with an i K I will need to upgrade the RAM to DDR Preferably GB I want to change the OS to Windows Pro bit Here are my newb questions Will I need to replace my Video card Can I use the same case and fans Can I use the same HDs and the same RAID Array I know nothing about RAID I was hoping to not have to replace anything more than the MB CPU RAM and OS I do want to replace the DVD for a blu ray burner Can anyone spot something I may be missing Thanks nbsp

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Preferred Solution: CPU/motherboard upgrade

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A: CPU/motherboard upgrade

Will I need to replace my Video card? Click to expand...

That video card will be compatible with your build. However, if you plan to use the PC for gaming or other graphically intensive tasks, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model. A CPU upgrade may help performance in some games, but the GPU is what's holding you back.

But as I said, if you don't plan to game on the system, then it will be fine.

Can I use the same case and fans?Click to expand...

Yep, should be just fine, the newer motherboards will likely have more fan headers than your previous one.

Can I use the same HDs and the same RAID 0 ArrayClick to expand...

As far as I know (not being an expert on RAID), you should be able to the same setup with the new motherboard (although I'm not sure about retaining your data from your current build).

You may also want to consider purchasing an SSD, and loading your new OS onto that. It'll do wonders for your system's responsiveness, and may negate the necessity of a RAID array.

Can anyone spot something I may be missing?Click to expand...

I would suggest getting an aftermarket CPU cooler, so that you can properly overclock. If your going to get a Z77 motherboard and an unlocked CPU (such as the i7-3770K), it makes no sense not to overclock.

It would be useful to know exactly what the PC will be used for so that we can more accurately gauge whether you need to upgrade other parts of the build.
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A:Budget upgrade: Upgrade to Core 2 motherboard, AM2 or 939?

Works For Me

Sounds like you have thought things out. If you want to save your DDR I (thats what it is called now) a socket 939 motherboard is the way to go. Still avaiable for the present, and socket 939 dual core processors are coming down in price. Just make sure your memory is compatiable with the new motherboard. You should be good for a while, although the future belongs to DDR II.
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A:Motherboard CPU Upgrade

If you are going to change the motherboard you should also reinstall windows. Are there vista drivers for that motherboard? Certain functionality might require it. Also consider that an OEM copy of Vista is tied to your current MB and cannot be used on the new one. You will need a retail copy or multivolume license to use on the new motherboard.
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Thanks for your help.

Adam Turner

A:Motherboard Upgrade??

Dell is a proprietary system. If you want to upgrade the motherboard. You will need to buy a new case for this new motherboard. Since the new board either wont fit or you wont be able to mount it properly in the dell case.
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A:Want to upgrade my motherboard

An exact replacement will be your only feasible option.
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here is what he has..



HDD----full 6gb,



Intel® Pentium® II / III and Celeron™ Processer
Slot1 for future Processor support
66/75*/83*/100/112*/133* MHz System Bus
(DOES THIS MEAN IT's 100FSB?)**************
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Intel 82440 BX AGPset
Intel® 440BX AGPset
iTE 8671 I/Oset (1Mb/S)

8MB to 768MB DRAM size
3 x 3.3V DIMM Sockets
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Supports ECC Type DIMM Module (72bits)



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A:Motherboard Upgrade

PCI video cards are still available and may be the least expensive way out, depending on your needs.

You will have to match your power supply to the complete build of your computer - processor, drives, video card, etc. It's not just wattage, but also quality of the PS and appropriate connectors. Mobo power connectors may be different.

You can usually install a 32 bit OS on a 64 bit machine. Check for drivers first. You will lose your music files and data if you reformat or reinstall Windows on the same drive.
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At the moment I have an intel SE440bx-2 (genuine) mobo.
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In a few weeks I shall have some spare cash and wish to upgrade to a better mobo that supports full agp 4x, as well as a CPU upgrade in the future. And also It would also be good to have a mobo with with some O'C capabilities. I've done a bit of huntin' on google and figured maybe an ASUS TUSL2-C.
I know that there are better options available but I will be on a limited budget.
Any thoughts or suggestions muchly appreciated

A:Motherboard upgrade


Obviously not.
Don't know if my original post is accurate, but I figure it must be.
I was thinking about a mobo that supports the PIV (1.6 onwards).
I really need some ideas as there is a plethora of mobos and I ain't too savvy with with all the ins and outs of mobos.
If anyone has any suggestions feel free to post.
(don't make me beg )
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hi..i plan to upgrade my motherboard and RAM..i would like to use my current hard drive and would like to know if i have to do a clean instal of vista..

my current OS: windows vista home premium 32-bit sp1 (pre-installed)
my current MOBO: ASUS Berkeley (P35/ICH9R)
my current RAM: Hyuandai DDR2 (333Mhz)


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A:CPU + motherboard upgrade

What are your computer specs now before you upgrade?
What resolutions are you planning on using to game with?

$200 is not allot to work with. Is there any chance you could go higher?
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A:Help with CPU & motherboard upgrade

The Dell Dimension E510 is made for Intel processors and the model of Intel it will accept appears to be limited. The other thing is you won't have to re-install Windows if you upgrade your processor. If you cannot put a dual processor in your computer, there still might be a way to do something within your budget, even if it eventually means saving as many parts as you can and building a new computer.

Does this fit the description of your computer? Go to the web page below:

Dell Dimension E510 (Pentium 4 630 3GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, XP Media Center 2005)

Product summary

The good: Updated appearance; removable side panel provides easy access to case interior; quiet operation.

The bad: Dual-core CPU not an option; no FireWire ports; limited graphics-card options; too little storage for a media PC; stingy standard support.

The bottom lineThe bottom line: Dell's mainstream Dimension E510 looks good from the outside, but surprisingly limited configuration options dampen our enthusiasm.

Specifications: Processor: Intel Pentium 4 630 (3.0 GHz) ; RAM installed: 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM ; Hard drive: 80 GB Standard
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However the processor socket in the new Gigabyte m/board is slightly larger than the Pentium 4 processor. The old m/board processor socket was a mPGA478B.

Did we buy the worng motherboard? I particularly wanted this one for its IDE support as we intended to use the existing hard disk too.

Any help comments will be greatly appreciated.


A:Motherboard upgrade

Indeed you did buy the wrong motherboard. You purchased a socket 775 motherboard when you wanted a socket 478. The 478's aren't very widely available anymore, maybe it's time for a bigger upgrade?
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A:Motherboard upgrade

I don't think you will get it to work. The Compac bios is gone and that is what it is looking for. Someone else may have a solution though.
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A:Motherboard upgrade

First of all, Welcome to Techspot Jackld!

Upgrading to a newer board, RAM and CPU aint that hard if you have built a pc before. Well the best thing right now is to give up your current PC specification and your budget, then we can give you some recommendation.
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Unfortunately I am not very up-to-date on things and really would appreciate some expert help.

My current set-up on my Windows 7 - 64bit PC is:
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP43-S3L
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400
Graphics Card: Radeon HD 6870

Thanks for your help in advance. I would not like to spend more than 450 dollars.


A:Upgrade motherboard + CPU + RAM 229.99 134.90 82.99.

final price is 447.88$

seeing that your video editing a cpu with hyperthreading and more threads would be wonders unfortunatly the i7 didnt quite fit your budget unless u would of gone for the older versions which I wouldnt recommend the i5-3570k is a beast overclocker and is the best bang for the buck in gaming and I doubt u will have any regrets the graphics card is okay for another year or so so youll have a decent system all in all which will run battlefield 3 on ultra/ w/o AA proly or even with AA depends resolution
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A:Motherboard Upgrade


It is confusing when you face this issue> do I upgrade, or buy a new system to run Vista?

The easiest way is to go with a "Ready for Vista" setup.

I can't help you that much with all the hardware items, but I can with your question about XP OEM vs. Retail.
1. OEM Microsoft copies are for sale, without being pre-installed on any computer, single license and CD..... They run about $85 plus or minus. They can be installed on any computer, but are married to that same system (meaning the same motherboard and some items of hardware) for life.

XP Home, or Pro, is available as an OEM, which is less costly, but cannot be transferred to another machine!

Here is XP Home Edition for $89 and is probably what you saw,

Note that it does NOT say "Dell" or any other, computer brand.

This comes with Service Pack 2 included. OEM copies do not have tech support like Retail does.
**One processor systems only are supported, though it does run on multi-core systems. NOT dual processor systems.

**This OEM version will only allow a clean Install, and your existing data will be deleted. (Right- it formats the hard drive etc).
Here is another good place to buy and this link is for the XP Pro Edition, not Home....OEM w/SP2, for $139.00

(YOu will see some that are X64 there, too)

There is some good info about X64 bit here:

3. Retail versions as you know are quite a bit pricier, around
$180-$200, for XP Home Edition, but Pro is somewhat more, not that much though.

Looking at this list>>>

Will give you a clue about shopping, as the lower prices ones are usually OEM, but are often found in a list like I searched for, using the terms " windows xp professional full version retail box"

so, don't be fooled when you shop.

The advantage of Retail is that you can transfer the install License to any other computer, just about as many times as you need to, without any hassle, but only using the install on one computer at any given time.
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:suspiciou Will I get any speed or other benefits from a upgrade?

Gateway 710XL
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audigity 2 ZX
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A:Why upgrade a Motherboard????


That depends on a lot of things- the first thing I would ask is .....are you sure it's the mobo's fault? Not PSU, or other hardware problems.

It's a good board and chipset, lots of CPU support, 4 GB RAM capable, etc., but it is a 478 socket. Looks like 800MHz max FSB. Do you game? Heavy? Do you want to? It has AGP 8x, but no PCIe slot. It all depends on what you currently use/need it for, and for how much longer.

If you intend to stay with Intel over the long haul, an LGA775 should be considered. If you're satisfied with what you're doing with it, seems like there is still space for updating with that board for a good while, but not too long. Faster RAM's, higher FSB's, and larger caches now being prevalent, you may begin to feel left behind, so you might wanna look at your budget, your plans, and consider this to be the time to upgrade.

Just my humble opinion- :wave:
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4gb DDR2
500+320 = 820gb total
Geforce 9600GT

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A:motherboard upgrade

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A:Motherboard upgrade?


Welcome to TSG!

What motherboard do you have now? Most boards that support that processor will support at least 1GB of ram or more.

Let us know
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A:motherboard upgrade

Depends on last time it was registered. If it has been over six months you can probably use the key you have and do it online like original time you did it.

I changed mobo's, video card and reloaded XP about a year after initial load and just reregistered online. A month later I had a HD problem and upon loading XP to new HD I had to call MS as it would not let me register online. Process was painless and only took about 5 minutes. I simply explained what happened and they issued me a new code.
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A:Motherboard Upgrade

What other hardware do you have, or are planning to use with the new motherboard? Things like, hard drive type (IDE, SATA)... Power supply size in Watts. Your memory is probably DDR PC2100...
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Ive checked around at, and any other places i should check online?

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A:PC & Motherboard Upgrade

first suggestion: Don't go to Tigerdirect. I hear they are terribly overpriced and tend to deliver products in bad shape. They also don't own up to their rebate policies...

I go to They search the web for the lowest prices for you..
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I currently have a Cybermax case with an ATX IR1 motherboard.

Again. There is a plate at the back for the external connections and I want to make sure that a new board will be a direct replacement.


P.S. Can someone recommend a brand name.

A:Motherboard Upgrade

Most cases come with multiple i/o panels for this. You just put in the one you need. Others have a page where you can select the one you want from layouts. I have purchased 3 cases in the last 6 months and all fit the mobo fine.

You can check here for cases for super cooled case, mostly overclockers like these.
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A:Can I upgrade my motherboard?

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A:Help me upgrade the motherboard

Hi mate and welcome to TSG forums.

Please tell me this: Why do you want to upgrade the motherboard? Do you want to add a new CPU to your computer? Or is the current motherboard broken?

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A:motherboard upgrade

@jumper77?, welcome to the forum. There are several things that you have to consider when upgrading the motherboard: 1) the Form Factor of of the mobo.  This is to assure that the stand-offs in the case will match the holes in the mobo. 2) the CPU socket (Intel or AMD).  This will assure that your CPU/processor will work 3) the type and speed of the memory.  This will assure that your memory will work with the new mobo and 4) the connectors in the case have to matcn those on the mobo.  HP has their mobos made to their specs.  So, the connectors may be proprietary.  You can choose a manufacturer's mobo and contact their Tech Support to see if they can tell you if it is compatible. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.
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A:Motherboard upgrade

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A:windows and motherboard upgrade

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When changing motherboards, I always recommend a clean install of the os. A clean install leads to fewer problems down the road.
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You will need to pair this with a new processor. Core 2 Duo recommended.


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A:Motherboard Upgrade Question

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A:Motherboard upgrade CPU & Memory

@MikeMen, welcome to the forum. MikeMen wrote:This machine is running Windows 10 64 bit with Bios version 6.07. It has the IPIEL-LA3 MoBo with G43 chipset and 4gb of DDR3-6400 memory installed. I would like to upgrade this machine to squeeze another year or so and have 2 questions 1.  Will this machine support the Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83ghz CPU as is? Do I need to update to the latest Bios ( 6.09 rev A) to support this CPU?  Here is the CPU/processors that have been tested to work with the motherboard: TDP: 95WMotherboard supports the following processor upgrades:Intel Core 2 Quad (Yorkfield core) seriesIntel Core 2 Duo (Wolfdale core) Dual Core series The main thing is to assure that the CPU that you choose is TDP: 95W.  This is very important. 2.  It seems that DDR3-8500 memory is more available at this time. Can I mix 2 sticks of the original memory with 2 sticks of 8500 memory or must I replace the original with 8500?  Here is the memory that is supported by the motherboard and HP: Memory upgrade information:Four DDR3 DIMM (240-pin) socketsSupports 2 GB DDR3 DIMMsSupports dual channel memory architectureSupported speeds:PC3-8500 @ 1066 MHzPC3-6400 @ 800 MHzNon-ECC memory only, unbufferedSupports up to 8 GB on 64-bit PCsSupports up to 4 GB* on 32-bit PCs If you are going to add memory you should add the same that came with the computer.  If you want to add PC3-8500, I suggest buying new matching pairs.  This will assure that you won't have conflicts.  Here is the memory that is recommended by Crucial Memory.  If they recommend it, it is guaranteed to work. If you want to take your computer to the next level, you should take a look at the SSD's Crucial recommends.  It will make a world of difference.  I will never have another computer without the boot disk being a SSD. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.
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Any information is appreciated.

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My current Specifications are;

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Operating System
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2 GHz
(1024MB DDR PC2-5300 X2) (1024 DDR PC2-6400 X2)
Graphics Card(s)
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT (512MB DDR2 RAM)

Thank You

A:Motherboard and CPU Upgrade Options

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A:XPS 13 motherboard upgrade options?

It doesn't look like any of these shipped with more than 4G of RAM -- and the i7  you have now is the fastest CPU they shipped with.  The L322x mainboard will not fit the L321x despite external similarities in design.
The  only option is a drop-in replacement.  That said, also beware these models, as the mainboard is different depending on the screen type (touch vs. non-touch) and the resolution (FHD vs. HD) -- if you buy the wrong board, you'll then need to replace both the display and display cable.
With boards going for $250-350 (L321x) and up to $400 for the L322x -- and with complete used L321x systems going for $200-300 on EBay (with L322x systems starting about $50 higher), you may be better off buying a complete used system.  Or, since it's going to be a significant percentage of what  a new system will cost -- replacing the system with a new unit.  At least you'll have a new warranty (vs. nothing to 90days at best on parts or a used system).
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A:K450 motherboard upgrade

 Hi HappyRat ,
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
Original product key for an OEM device is embedded within the BIOS  chipset of the original motherboard. 
Microsoft started it with Windows 8 onwards as a Activation 3.0 so that activation done automatically once network is reached and to also to limit product keys to be compromised preventing piracy since license attached to an OEM system is binded with single machine use only. 
On this situation since there was a change on the main systemboard , you may call in Microsoft .
Lenovo warranty can only support the original parts  that came with the purchase. 
Hope this answered your query .
Update us. 
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A:Are there any motherboard upgrade limitations?

If you get a new motherboard that is anywhere near a recent design and model, it will NOT use DDR2 RAM, which is what you have now.

You'd need to buy DDR3.

I don't know much at all about AMD processors, so can't identify the strongest processor that can be used on your current motherboard.

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It is possible there is a relatively cheap AMD processor that would be a worthwhile significant upgrade for your motherboard. Someone else will have to answer that.
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A:BSOD after motherboard/CPU upgrade

So you've changed the motherboard & expected Windows to work as if nothing had changed ?

Try do to a Windows repair & for future reference, here's how you should've done the switch -> Swapping your board without so much as a reinstall
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A:Motherboard upgrade question

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A:Motherboard and CPU upgrade advise

You'd need a motherboard change for the new processor. I'd highly recommend going for an Intel Core 2 Duo or Pentium Dual-Core CPU and an LGA775 motherboard, since the performance increase is very substantial compared to similar offerings from AMD. The RAM is a good idea though, just make sure you buy from the top three brands i.e. Corsair, Crucial and OCZ. If you can't\won't go for them, Kingston, Patriot and G.SKILL are good choices as well.

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A:Contemplating motherboard upgrade

You would probally have to upgrade your cpu,psu and memory if you could even find a mb that would fit in that case.Better off to just build a new computer than try to upgrade using that case.
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A:Upgrade motherboard on windows 8

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A:SR5710F Motherboard upgrade?

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1 Big box systems ie hp, dell, etc are very often proprietary. That is they are built to hp's standard and NOT industry standards. You may or may not be able to install a standard atx type mb in the hp case.

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A:Motherboard upgrade questions

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A:Motherboard/Processor upgrade help

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A:Motherboard CPU Upgrade Work?

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A:Dell motherboard and CPU upgrade

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A:ZBook 14 G2 I5 motherboard upgrade

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A:motherboard upgrade question

hold on, you talking about a CPU or a motherboard?
In any case, it shouldn't be a problem if you are only changing the motherboard out.

Requesting to move to the Hardware section... better suited there.
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A:Win 7 BSOD after motherboard upgrade

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A:Upgrade motherboard in emachines pc

Normally when you swap MB's it would be best to re-install windows , Drivers etc.XP may make you re.register because of the significant hardware change.
There are many other drivers than just the IDE controller to consider.
Also Emachines are not the most upgrade friendly.I would first go to their Web and see what they support for this upgrade.
Let us know what you learn their.
You cannot use another XP disk as your oem license will not be accepted by it.
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A:motherboard/upgrade question

test the power supply.
My comp died a few weeks ago and I had no idea if it was the mobo or the graphics card or my hard drive. It wouldn't post or do anything except turn on for a few secs then shut off. It took awhile but it turned out to be the PSU, the fan worked on it so I didn't assume it was even an option, but not enough juice was flowing I guess. I bought a nice OCZ 850w for $50 after rebates +tax and everything is running smooth now.