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Old 12-27-03, 06:35 PM
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Can I replace just the motherboard?

Hey you guys. I'm running XP Pro on an "old" PIII 500mhz right now. MB's still the stock one from Gateway when I first bought the PC. It's pretty much the only thing aside from the DVD-Rom drive that's still Gateway's. Now with all the bargains on AMD/Intel Processor-MB combos, I was thinking of just replacing that. Is this possible? I'm pretty happy with all the rest of my components:

SB Audigy2 Platinum Soundcard
PNY Verto GF3 Ti200
448 SDRAM (planning to change it once I get the new MB)

Any suggestions?

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Old 12-27-03, 06:42 PM
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Just make sure you buy a MB that will fit in your Gateway case.
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you might be able to, but make sure that the power connector works correctly with a standard mobo (some computer manufacturers use non standard power plugs). also, make sure it fits in your computer, else you'll need another case. oh, and you're gonna wanna run ddr ram(as opposed to your existing sdram)
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
you might be able to, but make sure that the power connector works correctly with a standard mobo (some computer manufacturers use non standard power plugs).
Dell is the biggest culprit of that.
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What are some good websites explaining to the n00b (me) how to do this? I think I might try this myself if I could find out how. I have upgraded memory, replaced hard drives and put in a sound card so this can't be much more difficult can it?

I am guessing I would need to replace the video card also, right?

Oh, I have a crappy HP that is like 6 years old. I am guessing it has integrated video so once my motherboard is gone so would my video.

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the only thing you will save yourself by trying to put a generic motherboard inside a dell or gateway computer is the cost of the case and power supply.

I know on MANY deal sites I have seen generic cases with powersupplies shipped for less than $45. Is it really worth the risk and hassle to swap motherboards in a case that was not designed to do so to save $45?

I would buy a case + powersupply + motherboard, then pull all the other parts that you can out of your gateway, dell, hp case and put them all together in the new case with new motherboard.

Of course this means being patient a searching the deal sites to get a cheap case and power supply shipped. I have seen them as low as $30. Maybe even check newegg.com refurbs.
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Ok, I was just looking around and found this.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...=S450-4100%20B
Correct me if I'm wrong here but with the above, I could put my:
1) CDRW drive
2) DVD Drive
3) Hard drive
4) floppy drive
5) Soundblaster Live audio card (until I got something better)
and then I would just need to buy a video card and I would up and running for around $200?

What kind of video cards would you all recommend. I use it mostly for internet surfing, some gaming (maybe more if I had a better setup)
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You would need a CPU and memory for that kit, and a modem if your on dial-up.
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Originally posted by DAC
Ok, I was just looking around and found this.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...=S450-4100%20B
Correct me if I'm wrong here but with the above, I could put my:
1) CDRW drive
2) DVD Drive
3) Hard drive
4) floppy drive
5) Soundblaster Live audio card (until I got something better)
and then I would just need to buy a video card and I would up and running for around $200?

What kind of video cards would you all recommend. I use it mostly for internet surfing, some gaming (maybe more if I had a better setup)
you should be able to use those parts in the new machine. as for a good video card, it really depends on what games you're playing, and at what resolution, and settings. a mid range video card (radeon 9600 pro) would set you back around $150.

$135 for a case/ps/mobo (per your link)
~100 for the cpu (barton 2500+)
~100 for 512mb ddr pc3200

if you're gonna spend that much, i might recommend waiting for a good dell deal for not much more. if you already have an OS, the dell 400sc is a great machine.
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
you should be able to use those parts in the new machine. as for a good video card, it really depends on what games you're playing, and at what resolution, and settings. a mid range video card (radeon 9600 pro) would set you back around $150.

$135 for a case/ps/mobo (per your link)
~100 for the cpu (barton 2500+)
~100 for 512mb ddr pc3200

if you're gonna spend that much, i might recommend waiting for a good dell deal for not much more. if you already have an OS, the dell 400sc is a great machine.
That's kinda what I was thinking at this point.

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