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What do I need to take into account when upgrading my motherboard?

Q: What do I need to take into account when upgrading my motherboard?

I have an: DIXONH55ITX Socket 1156 Advent Firefly FP 3104 System Motherboard

I'm looking to upgrade for 2 main reasons.

1.) Upgrade my Ram, (as the limit of ram for this motherboard is 4gb.)
2.) More than 1 PCI-E slot. (There's only one on this motherboard.)

But my main question is:
What do I need to take into account when upgrading my Motherboard?
(Compatibility issues etc.)

Also any motherboard recommendations (under £200). As I'm planning on upgrading my computer to a gaming rig.

Any replies would be greatly appreciated.

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A: What do I need to take into account when upgrading my motherboard?

Not quite understanding you. Are you wanting to keep all other parts and just upgrade mobo, ram and gpu?:

It sounds to me like you are wanting to build an entire new system. If so, give us a budget and what should be included (monitor, windows etc.).
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A:I will be upgrading my motherboard i have some ??

Hello Tony,

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A:Need help with upgrading motherboard

If I am not mistaken, a socket 754 is actually referring to a socket 478 motherboard. If this is the case, you will not be able to find a socket 478 with a PCI-e slot. I am only going off of memory on this so I may be incorrect.

EDIT * Bleh, I am wrong. My appologies and please do not consider this post when making your decision.
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A:Upgrading motherboard and CPU

I would give the memory some thought. Is the memory certified by ASUS for the motherboard (they have a list of certified memory)? Is the memory speed right? Slow memory and your CPU/Motherboard upgrade may be bottlenecked by the memory.

ASUS Memory List

The 5GB you list may not be adequate for gaming and you should change to 64 bit OS.
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A:upgrading my motherboard

The CPU, memory and mobo combo look just fine and so does the gfx card. Toss out that power supply, unless you like BSOD's. Look for either Antec, FSP or Enermax power supplies. They will be more expansive but are of much higher quality and will have the watts and amps (often overlooked) required to run your system.
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A:Upgrading CPU and Motherboard

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Are you near a Micro Center?
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A:Upgrading motherboard help need

I would go with 2.2 GHz, unless you can find a CPU support list from the manufacturer showing the 2.8 GHz will work, including with the BIOS version currently installed on the motherboard. I noticed one of the processors you linked to is from a UK seller that charges for shipping, so if you are in the US I would go with the first one.

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I assume you know this is going to be a slow dinosaur.
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A:Upgrading Motherboard

A clean install is best, however it is possible to swap mb without a clean install. Here are the instructions for swapping boards without a clean install.

Ok, here is how you move the os to another mb / system. During this process DO NOT reboot. Tell it later.

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3 Disable [not uninstall] any AV software.

4 Now shutdown and do the swap.

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A:Upgrading my CPU and motherboard for $300-$400

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A:Upgrading my motherboard.. Help plz

Your old motherboard has socket 478 and the new one has socket 775 so your old processor will not fit the new one. Everything else will fit. The new mobo says it supports dual core so the Intel 805 (2.66Ghz) Dual Core LGA775 should work.
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A:Upgrading my Motherboard

Your current one has the same exact chipset, so why do you want to buy another board with the same chipset? If it's only for the DDR2 & DDR3 support, it's a waste of cash. Also, Jetway doesn't have that great a reputation.

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A:Need help upgrading motherboard

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A:Upgrading pc motherboard

You will need a new processor that fits the motherboard
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A:Upgrading to new motherboard

Chances are 50/50, but it's always better to do a fresh install of the OS when changing out the MB.

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A:Upgrading Motherboard, CPU and Ram.

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A:Upgrading a motherboard + CPU

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A:Upgrading motherboard and CPU

Welcome to TSG

Will I need to reinstall XP?Click to expand...

Most likely, although there is a slim chance you may get away with an 'in-place' upgrade (repair installation)

My windows disc is OEM software which I believe you can’t reinstall without buying new software.Click to expand...

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A:upgrading my motherboard

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Is your copy of Windows 7 OEM, or Retail?
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A:upgrading motherboard

If it's a Gateway then upgrading it is the wrong move, sell the unit as a complete and start new.

The system is old and Gateway's are poor quality units to start. You'd have to stick with an old and obsolete motherboard to be able to reuse the processor or you'd have to buy a new processor and RAM.

Secondly once you swap out the Gateway motherboard you'll need to purchase a new copy of Windows, the current copy is licensed to be only used on Gateway hardware, mainly the motherboard.

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Fourth, if you want to do any serious gaming you'll want a more modern processor and more RAM. The model you listed supposedly comes with a Pentium D processor, and those don't do well for modern games and if you only have 1 or 2GB's of RAM than thats the minimum for a modern system and less than ideal for a gaming system.
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A:Upgrading RAM beyond motherboard capacity

No one can tell you absolutely it will not work unless they have tested the same setup.

When you install something that is not supported, you are just asking for a problem. In short, install a 2gig kit [2x1] and be done with the problem.

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A:Upgrading my CPU and Motherboard without reinstalling the OS etc.

If you had windows 98 or lower installed you might get away with that but XP won't let you, it will blue screen before booting.

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A:Upgrading Motherboard Without Reinstalling OS

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Create a system image of your hard drives first. I would assume you'll need a separate image for each hard drive.

Make sure you have all the drivers (LAN, graphics, chipset etc) for your new motherboard then fit it.

Do remember that you need a qualifying EULA for your motherboard. If your current Windows OS is an OEM version it will be tied to the old motherboard.

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ravage9218 said:

(Dell's sight is crap.)Click to expand...
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Highly NOT recommended!

Your asking for long term problems in the future going down that route. A clean install is always the best option after installing new hardware, especially when replacing the motherboard.

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-- Tom

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There are a few issues you are going to face..
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No worries. If your friends likes, he/she can use their Gmail address to create a Microsoft account with when setting it up in Windows 8.1.

Microsoft Account - Sign up for and Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

Microsoft accounts - Microsoft Windows

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A:Upgrading motherboard and CPU without reinstalling Windows

If it was an OEM install of Windows then there is no way you would be able to use it on another motherboard at all. Since it is an install of Ultimate, IF it was an install from a Retail Boxed Edition (NOT an upgrade from an OEM version) then you Might be able to use it IF you do a clean install (others will be by and give more details on this) if I remember correctly. I doubt that you will be able to do it without a fresh install (though there may be some suggestions and tutorials out there) and would strongly recommend a clean install.Other things to consider:Does your power supply have the 8pin CPU connector that most newer motherboards now require or the older 4 pin connector?Your new motherboard will either require DDR4 memory or if it is a DDR3 system, still be held back with your 1333MHz RAM (1600MHz min, 1866MHz or higher preferred).You did not mention power supply brand and model but based on your GPU I assume it should be decent. Post info to be sure.Your case's front USB ports will be USB2.0 and I assume you will want at least one USB3.0 or 3.1 port so you will either need a new case or a new add on front panel.I have found that it is nearly always better to build new from scratch rather than patch together one from left overs, especially if it is made through poor compromises like choosing a motherboard that can use some older components like memory rather than choosing components for the balance between features and price. Another point is that you can have your current machine running until you have all set including your files, program, preferences, emails, etc. all set, then switch over your graphics card, update the driver, and you are done. Then you may be able to wipe the drive, reinstall, remove the storage HD if needed, and sell it (unless you have need for a back up machine or for family).Your choice of course.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
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A:Can you put SD ram into a DDR ram motherboard? Upgrading m/b and graphics card.

Thanks Rick

I am going to go for the Asus A7A266-E, it supports 3 sd slots and 2 ddr slots. Your right I have 2*256 chips and a 128Mb chip. Add to that an Inno3d geforce 3 Ti500 64Mb DDR graphic card for a grand total of £190.

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A:Upgrading from Pentium 4 and Asus Motherboard

Timonius said:

CPU: Intel Core i3-530
MB: Asus P7H55-M Pro (micro-ATX)
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz

1. Is this a good deal?
2. Can you give me any recommendations for other budget upgrades that will perform comparably?
3. Should I spend a bit more and go for an i5-750?
4. Does anyone know if the built in graphics from the i3-530 will work together with another gpu (otherwise I'll just use my current gpu)?
5. I should be able to use a micro-ATX board as a replacement for my ATX board right (ie. they should still mount in a standard ATX tower)?

note: yes, I do have a 64 bit OS ready to install.Click to expand...

1. It's an ordinary deal, neither good nor bad.
2. You can also look at this board; Don't pay attention to the reviews, they were written by morons who thought the Core i5-750 had integrated graphics.
3. The Core i5-750 is almost $200,00 US
4. The Gigabyte BIOS (Award-Phoenix) in the past has allowed onboard and add-in graphics to work simultaneously. I can't speak to Asustek.
5.Matx is about 2/3rds the size of ATX. These boards mount in an ATX case on basically the top 2/3rds of the ATX mounting pattern.

The graphics integrated with the Core i series CPUs are decent. They score about 5.3 in "business and gaming", in the "Windows 7 Experience" tests. Older G31/ G42 Intel graphics scored about 3.5. They won't play Crysis though, not no how, not no way.

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Since I'm anticipating that it's very likely that I'll have to do a fresh install of windows 7 to accommodate the new mobo, will this upgrade disc allow me to install windows 7 onto a new hard drive? -You will be able to use the origional disk, you will have to activte it also, but believe it or not, it will install and activate it.If in the event it does fail and repeatedly fails, you can call an 800 number displayed on the screen that tells you your activation failed, once you call it, an automated system will give you a new key to enter into a box and actiavtion will happen, but I want to stress this happens only in real rare cases. In most cases activation will happen flawlessly.I know, I have done it many times.Just do not try running the same Windows 7 on two machines at the same time and try to activate BOTH copies, it then will make you purchase a new key for the second activation.
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A:Upgrading cpu. need info on dell motherboard.

Quote: Originally Posted by abs4nz

Hey, im after info on the dell motherboard model 0u990c to find out what cpu i can upgrade to. I read any core 2 duo would work but not exceeding 800mhz fsb. also ive read that i cant exceed 4 gb ram? current cpu is pentium t4200. theres a t4500 @ 2.3ghz but im after a little more if possible. also its a socket p. chipset is intel gm965. bios is dell a16. theres 667mhz ram installed, but the ive read the fsb is 800mhz? any help is greatly appreciated.

Hi abs4nz,

Welcome to Seven forums.

Please let us know the model number of the system you have so we can check and provide you with the relevant information.

Kindly update your system specs here by following this.

Please provide us this information so that we can be in a better position to understand and resolve this issue.
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A:Upgrading CPU, question about motherboard compatability

Vidosoli said:

Hey guys just another quick question about my motherboarding and CPU. Currently I am not satisfied with my CPU at all and I'm thinking of upgrading to this
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Again thanks for reading/helping Click to expand...

No, that motherboard is LGA 1156 while the i5 4670 is LGA 1150. You would need a new motherboard to go with that CPU>
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A:Best Approach for Upgrading Motherboard With OEM Windows?

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Backup your data just in case.

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A:Upgrading laptop motherboard and videocard, possibly CPU

It might be possible to change the CPU for a higher spec version, but changing the motherboard, and most likely changing the graphics card (if its on-board) is going to be near on impossible.

Some motherboards on laptops also have the CPU 'soldered' in place. I wouldnt know if yours is the case or not.

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I've uninstalled the driver for the integrated 32MB Geforce graphics card but when the new graphics card is installed I just the get a blank screen with crosshairs!

I think I need to alter the Int Display First option in BIOS setup to the AGP slot before inserting the card but I am unable to select this option in the menu although I can select the other options on this menu!

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Upgrading Graphics Card on K7N420 Pro Motherboard

I just downloaded and had a quick read through your user's manual, and it sounds to me like your motherboard SHOULD be automatically changing that "Int Display First" option for you once you install the new card....

Try this just to confirm:

Take the new card out.

Boot into safe mode and go into you device manager. Find the integrated graphics driver and delete.

Turn off computer.

Put new card in , ATTACH MONITOR TO NEW CARD, and boot into your bios.

At this point, your bios SHOULD be switching that "Int Display First" option to AGP.
If not, are you able to manually switch it at this point?

Let us know how it goes.

If you are unable to, can you also give us your power supply info? Perhaps the card is not getting enough love from the PSU to power up?
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A:upgrading single ram block on defect motherboard.

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A:Lost user account from main screen after upgrading to 8.1

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pentium 4 3.0 ghz

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200gb maxtor hard drive

250 watt powersupply

I am unsure what brand of motherboard is in it, but it is the standard 2005 dell dimension 3000 board.

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A:Help Upgrading Dell Dimension 3000- motherboard and graphics card

You should mention your budget, and the aim of this upgrade.

Unfortunately, the 478 CPUs are now becoming bottlenecks in the computer. Upgrading your graphics will see a performance increase, but don't bet on a really huge one. Also, Expect to pay a premium for AGP8X graphics cards which perform better than budget range. If you're up for the biggest AGP8X card, the X1950pro would be it, but there's a review somewhere which showed it doesn't perform much better than a 7600gs because of the CPU bottleneck.

Personally, the 6600gt is probably the sweet spot, maybe an X800XT, but not much more than that. Even then you'd be paying a premium for the AGP8X versions of those cards.

If you're after anything cheaper than the 6600gt, it wouldn't be worth your trouble IMO.

Of course, if you decide to switch over to PCIe, you may still be able to use your RAM by getting the E4300, coupled with a board which will support DDR RAM and PCIe 16x. These boards don't come easily though, but here's a couple from newegg....

It shouldn't come out to be much more expensive this way, because the savings from your graphics card (PCIe versions are alot cheaper) would go into the new processor.

Besides, you can sell the processor.

Of course, I'd recommend going all the way, but I'm aware of budget restriants... all you need for a full blown c2d system is DDR2 RAM.

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