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Upgrading cpu and mobo question

Q: Upgrading cpu and mobo question

Ok first I know this is the hardware section but because of the nature of my question this is the best place I feel it should go I am upgrading my motherboard Upgrading cpu question mobo and and CPU from Asus M A TD-V EVO USB Xtreme Design ATX AMD Mobo and an Amd Athlon II x Ghz to ASRock Z Extreme LGA Intel Z HDMI SATA Gb s USB ATX Intel Motherboard and a Intel Core i - K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core GHz GHz Turbo Boost LGA Upgrading cpu and mobo question W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics Now all hardware does work but my issue seems to be a software issue more likely than Win bit which I need to get a hold of the disc my brother has was a family pack thing Anyway my question is pretty simple I Upgrading cpu and mobo question hope Without doing a fresh install of Win bit is it possible in any form to get the new mobo and cpu working like maybe using the repair method or installing over the current installed win Os so I do not have to back-up a ton of data and re-install lots of programs Also is there Upgrading cpu and mobo question any other work-around that might help I do have a Tb external Hdd I plan to backup my C drive with either way but it would be great if I did not have to do a fresh install Again sorry if this is in the part of the forums nbsp

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A: Upgrading cpu and mobo question

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

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If anyone has information that could help, it would be greatly appreciated.

Oh and if anyone here has this motherboard, how do you like it?

A:New Mobo, quick question (CPU/Mobo Related)

The motherboard looks pretty good... I am an Intel man though
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I am looking at mid to top of the line models, although I don't have the money for a quad core
Any imput would be helpfull, Thanks

A:upgrading cpu& mobo

EVGA nForce 680i SLI, ASU p%B Deluxe, Intel BadAxe.
There are plenty of reviews on each. Take a look at Top Motherboards this month at
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A:Upgrading mobo...?

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

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

Intel 915 / 945 / 965 chipsets should support the P4 in case you're bent on buying a new mobo.
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I am getting a couple of upgrades for x-mas and I may need to buy a new mobo to support them all...

Here is my current system

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512(2, 256 sticks)mb ddr pc2100
80 gb + 10 gb ata100 5400rpm drives
32mb geforce 2mmx

Here is what I am getting

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

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

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

Thanks so much in advance!

A:upgrading mobo-help

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

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

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

the nForce2 may not be out yet where u are so check around... also it may be worth waiting a little bit to see if any issues pop up with this chipset and they have to revise it...
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A:Upgrading CPU! can my mobo take it?!

Have a looky here pal

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

Click on the Processor upgrade information link
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A:Upgrading my Mobo/CPU

You are on the right track. But for all that work, I would also change the power supply.
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A:Upgrading MOBO + CPU

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

You will need to do a clean install, buy a new Windows key.
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A:Upgrading cpu and mobo

Sorry I forgot a 0 its an Evo D500
the form factor is "desktop" with the drives being on the right of the case.

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

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

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

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

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A:Upgrading CPU and MoBo.

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

What is your main use of your rig?
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A:upgrading mobo

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

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

Now then my question is if I get a new case and a new motherboard can I just hot swap out my other components into it and do an install from my Win7 disc that came with my pc? or am I going to have to format the hard drive and eat the price of a new windows installation?
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A:Upgrading Mobo, what to expect

You will need to reformat you hardrive if you are changing mobo if you want it to work properly
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A:Upgrading MoBo/CPU on Windows 7

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

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

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

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

Besides, go 64-bit.
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A:Upgrading PSU, mobo, CPU - How powerful do I need?

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A:Upgrading MOBO and CPU with different chipsets

Quote: Originally Posted by Oz1956

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

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

A download that you burned?

A Product Key only?

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

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

Do you have any problems with doing a clean install?
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A:Failed Wga After Upgrading Mobo

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


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

I'm one of THOSE people too !
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You are gonna do the upgrades 1st.

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A:upgrading to intel mobo/p4 cpu problem

Welcome to Techspot!

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

The picture is same idea for ATX12v square plug.

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

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


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


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A:xp activation after upgrading mobo and processor

and welcome to the Forum

If you reinstall, which is the smart thing to do, you will have to activate . . it's quick and simpole, even if you have to call. Don't let it bother you
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A:Need to kno the fastest CPU my mobo can handle, I'm upgrading my CPU

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

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A:upgrading video card--mobo

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

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1394A is for Firewire 400 connectors, and absolutely nothing to do with your video card.

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Answered some of my questions?

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A:Mobo RAM question

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A:MoBo Question

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A:Mobo question!

Common misconception. We have found through actual test that at least many models fail in the motherboard, thus causing the power supply to fail. The T-2885 is one of those.
The motherboards were originally decent designs, but were licensed to Tri-Gem of Korea, and others, where they were designed into a disaster that seems to never end. There are 14 bad models, where the failure rates after 18 months are above 50%.
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A:Question about Mobo/Ram

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Note it only supported 4x PCI-Ex.
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check here the different boards are listed:
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A:Mobo question

AM2 boards have only either nForce 590 SLI or nForce 680a SLI chipsets. The 680a is a great overclocker and will probably allow for Phenom support as well.
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Hi , If your able to install Vista then I don't see why you can't with W7 . I have installed W7 64 bit and I didn't use any drivers beside what Microsoft update site had . Everything is working on my computer . For drivers ? My cordless mouse I am using an xp driver which is odd because its working better on W7 then it is on XP lol . I believe there were 2 other drivers on Windows update site , I know one was for my video card and the other my net adapter . I didn't install any chipset , audio and they are working pretty good with W7
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A:got a question about old CPU and new mobo....

Welcome to Seven Forums
1. You would definitely upgrade from your Abit board with the Athlon by using the Asus board if for nothing else going from AGP to PCI-e video.
2. The Asus setup is a far better system of course. As far as the flickering goes you might want to try the Athlon just to see if it is your Phenom CPU.

I think we'd like more information on what exactly your refering to as "Flickering" and why you think it has to do with your CPU and not something else, like say your video card, LCD or cable connections.
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Hi steve,

This is my personal opinion (no flaming intended!), but I have found MSI boards to be cheap and unreliable (talking from experience).

I highly recommend purchasing an Abit or Asus board instead.

The Abit IS7 is an excellent board that has yet to fail me - its cheap as well

[EDIT] Just realised you are using an AMD - go to and select a prefered Abit board.
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if you still have the origional hard drive it should have windows and should be configured to your hardware (mobo) and no, your motherboard does not come with a new prossesor you will have to swap a few things from your old mobo onto your new one, no windows installation is required, if you want you can send me a private message and we can discuss this further
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A:mobo question: ECS P4VXASD2+ 1.0

4 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devicesClick to expand...

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ty in advance for any help.


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figured it out. both 4 pins are meant to go in. I r dumb.
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The links you provided are broken but I was able to hunt down the 2 I believe you meant to post.

Please verify:

You currently have -

But you're looking at -

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After the first cd reading , when it reboots try opening the drive to stop it from seeing the cd. It should not boot to the cd unless you press a key.
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Are you certain that your motherboard is not the AsusP8Z77-V LX or AsusP8Z77-V Deluxe versions as they both have only 2 6gb grey ports?

You can use Speccy to be sure:

Speccy System Information