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Windows 7: what motherboard would be good for these parts?

06 Aug 2013   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
what motherboard would be good for these parts?

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93 GHz
Conroe 45nm Technology fsb: 1066 MHz
3.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 333MHz (5-5-5-15)
X203H (1600x900@59Hz)
1023MB GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Gigabyte)
Hard Drives
466GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0 (RAID)
Optical Drives
Power source
Roswell CAPSTONE Series 450W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CAPSTONE-450

i bought the wrong cpu and my motherboard is very cheap so i am looking to replace the board with something compatible with all the parts

if i missed anything info wise tell me

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06 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

You are doing it backwards. You pick a Motherboard and then pick your parts to go with it.
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07 Aug 2013   #3

windows 7 home premium 64 bit

i know it is an odd situation
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07 Aug 2013   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
Nothing wrong with what the OP is trying to do -- he's probably got these parts either via a broken machine / machines or from various hardware upgrades over the years and these are bits left over.

I've canaballized machines over the years and then decided on what to build with the components in hand.

The most important bit is whether the MOBO supports your CPU and then go from there.

Personally the idea of using DDR2 memory (it's more expensive than the more modern DDR3) in a modern machine to me just seems silly as is the old E7500 processor as that model doesn't have (AFAIK) the Intel VT technology either so running x-64 bit Virtual machines will be impossible.

IMO with that set of components the only thing I would suggest is to build a small LINUX file / print server as the old IDE disk will be as slow as molasses anyway.

Other than that I'd suggest that you convert the old disk into an external USB drive to use for things like say Music / OS backups, keep the DVD drive and put the rest into a Black plastic bin liner bag and send on a one way trip to "The Tip".

There comes a time when old stuff really has passed its sell by date and in this case apart from creating a Linux file / print server which would function OK trying to run a decent modern OS with this stuff will just lead to a load of frustration. You can get a decent modern PC (already built) for a relatively small amount of money which will just blow that whole lot away in every single instance. If you exclude a monitor you could probably get one that FLIES compared with your current lot of components for around 300-350 USD or maybe even cheaper. - Just a bog standard ENTRY LEVEL machine here -- not one of those super dooper top of the line efforts.

Sorry to be blunt but IMO you are wasting your time trying to knock that lot up into a Windows computer. (The Linux server is the only way if you really want to build a machine with those components).

If you really STILL want to persist then the only hope of getting that lot to run faster than a one legged dog on a perfectly smooth ice pond then you will need an SSD for the OS -- but finding a new mobo that still has support for the E7500 processor is likely to be a challenge anyway.

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07 Aug 2013   #5

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

@jimbo45 Where you see an IDE disk? The first hint is the capacity. Never seen a 500 GB IDE disk. He gave the model number so a quick google would have confirmed that it's a SATA drive. That processor is rather weak for virtual VM anyway, so who cares of VT-x.

@fspsyco As for the mobo, you need to google "core duo ddr2 motherboard" or search with the same keywords on your favourite selling site (newegg, ebay, tigerdirect, whatever) any one you find will do as long as the specs confirm that it can run what you need.

They usually sell them for 50$ or less.
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07 Aug 2013   #6

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
I'm not saying you COULDN'T make a machine with those parts - but I don't think you'd find the pleasure of RUNNING the machine very great. Yes it IS fun building machines from scrap parts --I've done enough of this in my time - but a 3GB machine with DDR2 memory, slow busses etc won't be a nice experience to run HD movies or decent games on.

For a Learning experience in putting a machine together - also fine.

OK also for Office documents, casual surfing (providing you don't want much modern multi-media display) etc - but as any sort of decent productive machine -- well do it and see--I'm sure after you've got it up and running and taking 5 Mins to START photo shop it won't be long before frustration etc sends it on its way to The Tip.

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07 Aug 2013   #7

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

FYI, Photoshop CS6 (the free trial) took around 1 minute (I was looking at the clock) to load from a Sata HDD on a rig with two SATA I ports, 2 GB of DDR1 mobo, a pentium D 945 and a HD 4670 AGP. (on a Windows Ultimate 64 bit in the 30 day grace period, yeah was testing it).
That rig had a relatively slow boot time (due to sata I ports), but still, thanks to Superfetch and company it was way faster when booting and running than when it was running XP.

Anything with a dualcore and a half-decent card can play blu-rays. The GTX 550 has Fifth generation of PureVideo HD so it can do most of the crunching needed for mpeg2, h246 and company on its own. Can even decode 4k movies.

The processor is a bit on the weak side, but it's still 1800-ish points on Passmark, so it will run Windows without a hitch, and run most games apart from the stuff made after 2010 (unless otherwise specified on the game).

Then again I think he knows his rig isn't a powerhouse. But it's NOT going to be by any means frustrating to use like you seem to imply. Although getting another GB of RAM and a decent CPU cooler will go a long way (Intel 775 standard cooler makes a ton of noise unless you keep it in a chilly room (or a fridge).
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07 Aug 2013   #8

windows 7 home premium 64 bit

btw this was a stock pc from about 2007 and i have been making it better little by little anyway i am not looking at a monster pc just to play some of my games like gta 4 a bit faster i can run most of my other games with out a hitch.
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07 Aug 2013   #9

windows 7 home premium 64 bit

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07 Aug 2013   #10

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Yup. Might want to find one with a PCI-e 2.0 slot, although it's not a major requirement given the card you have.

I made quite a few HTPC rigs with that mobo.
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