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Windows 7: Which Motherboard should i buy?

15 Apr 2010   #11
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Dwarf there is only one problem with most if not all of the motherboards you linked to, none of them will support that old P4 he has. taking just this one,

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

from the first of your links, it has the P43 chipset on it and it doesn't support that P4. They may all have the same socket, but need to really pay attention to whether the chipset on the board supports that CPU.

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And make sure it lasts for awhile like doesnt out date any time soon.
With saying that trying to find a new motherboard for that P4 is counter-productive. You want something that won't be out of date you're going to have to look at replacing the whole thing; motherboard, CPU and ram.


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15 Apr 2010   #12
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Richard,

I didn't look for motherboards for a specific processor, I only gave him some links to motherboards in general.
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15 Apr 2010   #13
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If he really wants to go the route of just replacing the motherboard,need to know exactly which P4 it is that he has. Looking here based on the speed of it listed in his specs,

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there are some of them that will be supported on the newer chipsets and some that won't.
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15 Apr 2010   #14
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

OK. Here are links to the first 3 of the sites I listed above, this time filtered for an LGA775 processor. You will still need to check the specs directly to ensure that the board is compatible with your current processor.

Motherboards - Socket 775 Intel CPU products

Motherboards - Intel Socket 775 | Techbuy Australia

Socket LGA775 - Intel Core 2
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15 Apr 2010   #15
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 

How expensive is a CPU and mobo combo? And im guessing the P4 is the processor? Im hearing good things about that intel i7 is it worth getting and if so is it gonna cost me and arm and a leg?

Thanks for links dwarf but again i dont understand all the specs etc i was hoping someone would be able to baby me through it. :/

Why is it so hard and expensive to get a descent computer that actually works lol
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15 Apr 2010   #16
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I would say the same go for the good stuff and replace all three. you can get a good C2duo and mobo for about $170 and then ram for another $100. I am looking at TigerDirect, but dont know if they ship to Australia.


Just as an example:

Mobo and CPU for $175
Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Motherboard & Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Processor w/ Fan Bundle at TigerDirect.com

And then RAM get two of these at $57
PNY 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory - 2048MB at TigerDirect.com

Motherboard is microATX form factor so make sure your case will fit it as well. Ram was compatible with RAM suggested by site
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15 Apr 2010   #17
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

i7 will cost an arm and a leg and require a rather expensive motherboard and rather expensive ram. You will probably also need a new Power Supply to handle the electical requirements. If you want to go that path YES do it....but it will be expensive.
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15 Apr 2010   #18
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

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15 Apr 2010   #19
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Edit: posting here since I already added enough posts: You can use your Graphics card in your new motherboard if it has the same slot type. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

so make sure the motherboard matches the type of slot you are currently using.


You should be able to find the same parts at a local site in Australia. I have heard on this site that computer parts are more expensive there so good luck.

If you are real uncertain or dont want to "build" this yourself, contact local shops and ask them how much they will charge to assemble it. Better to get a pro to do it if you are not a pro. Also if they assemble then anything that happens will be on them and it's their fault not yours
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15 Apr 2010   #20
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Thanks alot for your help Thorsen it was exactly what i was looking for.

I will check out that mobo combo you linked and most likely get them from a local cheaper store. I hope this ends my unlucky run with windows 7 lol :P
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