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Windows 7: I thought how slick...but now?


05 Oct 2010   #1

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I thought how slick...but now?

I replaced my first self built rig's case with a new Thermaltake Element V case. Leaving behind a perfect Ultra mid tower case which I had grand plans to install the mobo and many other components from a nice? Gateway GT5220 desktop. But as I did more due diligence getting ready to switch it out I see the Gateways mobo is a uBTX style? Looking at it closely it appears it's not compatible with this Ultra X-Blaster mid tower. I guess manufactures choose these odd ball configurations just so the end user can't do upgrades and is forced to buy a new machine. What say you? Best to just leave the mobo where it is, after all the machine works well enough and look to get some combo CPU-Mobo combo deal to put in the Ultra?

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05 Oct 2010   #2

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

"What say you? Best to just leave the mobo where it is, after all the machine works well enough and look to get some combo CPU-Mobo combo deal to put in the Ultra?"


Yes I think so.
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05 Oct 2010   #3

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thats beyond me friend ,but i do think its a nice tower and deffinately a keeper.
i dont normally step in this forum,so im going to creep back out ...quietly. nice to see you alan

Doh! ,door banged
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05 Oct 2010   #4

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Yeah I think your both right, I'm just bummed as I was hoping to recycle and reuse this Gateway. But really I will just leave well enough alone and look towards a new build, it's just that I don't really need or use all seven computers in the house...lol. Time to sell some off.
Cheers, the Cheese
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05 Oct 2010   #5

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

If there is physical space in the case for the board you can always drill holes and install new brass stand-offs to match the new board. Done it a couple of times and it's not that hard......Just practice a couple of times on a piece if scrap sheet metal.
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05 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outlander View Post
If there is physical space in the case for the board you can always drill holes and install new brass stand-offs to match the new board. Done it a couple of times and it's not that hard......Just practice a couple of times on a piece if scrap sheet metal.
Not a bad idea, but needs to be EXACT.

~Lordbob
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05 Oct 2010   #7

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

Correct. Alignment must be precise but that's do-able.
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05 Oct 2010   #8

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It's a thought and I may still give it a go, but I'm thinking that it could be kind of an exercise because it's not like the board is that great and it has zero overclocking or even faster chip upgrade potential, although again this is what Gateway wants me to believe?! They tell me the 45 watt 2.0 mhz dual core is it for the board.
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06 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

I thought BTX was completely different and not as simple as just drilling holes. The whole placement is different on the actual motherboard for components.
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06 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I thought BTX was completely different and not as simple as just drilling holes. The whole placement is different on the actual motherboard for components.

I think you are definitely correct. Here is a Asus B5LD2-TVM Intel 945G Socket 775 UBTX motherboard.
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As you can see the orientation of the I/O is upside down as well as the card slot locations. Looks like a daunting task. Fabe


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