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Old 02-23-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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i am using a Compaq Presario SR1630IL desktop which is built with Intel Pentium IV 3.06 GHz processor and a MSI MS-7174 motherboard.

the motherboard specifications can be found here

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http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00499348&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=1125561
the form factor is micro ATX

at present i am thinking to move to Intel i3-2100 3.1 GHz processor with a compatible motherboard.

i desperately need your help in these regards:

i. which motherboard will be better for optimized purposes? (i do not use my pc for gaming purpose but, need a fast computer at affordable price)
ii. i am confused whether a new motherboard will fit into my HP cabinet. the cabinet is excellent and i do not want to change it.

eagerly waiting for your reply.

thanks in advance

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Old 02-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: new motherboard in old HP cabinet

Nah, you won't need to change the case, but you may need to tweak a few wires (maybe) to make it work fine.

Anyways, you'll need a new board, CPU, RAM and quite possibly a new PSU. I'd suggest these for you:

Newegg.ca - ASRock H67M-GE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$90

Newegg.ca - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
$130

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
$37

Newegg.ca - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
$80

Total: $337

Or, with AMD:

Newegg.ca - MSI A55M-P35 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$70

Newegg.ca - AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3500OJGXBOX
$85
Comes with Radeon 6530D in the CPU

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
$37

Newegg.ca - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
$80

Total: $267


For hard drives, I'd strongly recommend getting a new(er) SATA hard drive, but with the high pricing, I'd wait for that to die down first.
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Default Re: new motherboard in old HP cabinet

A new motherboard will fit if its a micro ATX mobo. Micro ATX is a standard size.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:46 AM   #4
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thanks a lot for you kind reply...

i already have a 300 Gb Seagate SATA HDD attached with my PC which is enough for my research computation purposes. for another purposes i use portable HDD.

just suggest me one thing. is the choice DH67GD motherboard OK for i3-2100? i have a bit weakness about intel (i may be wrong also). is their any better processor in the i3 series?

i just want to stick to i3 series only at this level due to higher cost of the i5 and i7 series.

thanks again
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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It's a good choice and that the hard drive will bee fine then. It was just in case you had an old IDE drive still.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:26 PM   #6
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thanks a lot.....i am now going to get a faster system now ... :-)
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