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#1 racingfan

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:05 AM

I'm thinking about upgrading. Most of my hardware is not very old but the Motherboard and CPU are a bit outdated.
CPU Type is Intel Celeron D 340, 2933 MHz (22 x 133) 478 socket.
mo'board chipset is VIA P4M800.

I'm wanting to upgrade to Pentium Dual Core. More pins on the socket etc.
Can I only upgrade the motherboard and CPU and install the hardware that I have now onto the new board?
Also, would I have to reformatt the hard drive in order to install it on the new board?

Edited by racingfan, 22 August 2007 - 08:08 AM.


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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:38 AM

You'll have to spec out the rest of your system first, please.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:43 AM

I'm wanting to upgrade to Pentium Dual Core. More pins on the socket etc.

Do yourself a favor and upgrade to something decent instead of a Pentium Dual-core. The amount of pins has really no meaning to the end-user.

Can I only upgrade the motherboard and CPU and install the hardware that I have now onto the new board?

Provided it is compatible with the new motherboard. You need to tell us what you have so that we can find out.

Also, would I have to reformatt the hard drive in order to install it on the new board?

Upgrading the motherboard will mess up you Windows installation, but you do no need to reformat to fix it. A repair installation is enough.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:40 AM

I'm open for suggestions on motherboard and CPU. Is the Dual Core not a good choice? What's better but in the same price range?

Besides what I already mentioned, system specs are:

Hard drive: 160gb, 7200rpm, Ultra-ATA/100
Creative SB Live sound card.
Radeon 9200 128mb graphics card.
512 memory, 2) 256mb sticks.

Not sure what other "specs" you need, please let me know if I missed something.
Thanks!

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:09 AM

Need to know the make and model of the motherboard. If you're not sure, download SIW It's a handy little program that will give you the information
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#6 racingfan

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:18 AM

Everest Home Ed. says
Motherboard name: unknown
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Product ID: MS-7104
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 12:31 PM

The Pentium D's are not very high-tech at all. It's basically dual Pentium 4's stacked on top of each other. TheE4400 Core 2 Duo would take your Pentium D out on the street and beat it to death and hey it actually costs $25 less. You'll also want to upgrade to 1-2GB of RAM and probably a new video card. Your old processor is an LGA 775 so no problem there. Make sure your mobo you buy has Core 2 Duo support. Try this one. It's a good low-end Core 2 Duo motherboard. However if this is not a custom PC, like if you bought it from Dell, you won't be able to buy a new mobo because their mobos are special form factors that are not produced and sold aftermarket.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:46 AM

You'll have to:
1) make sure that the new motherboard will fit in your case (not a problem if this is a custom built system - but may be an issue if it's a special sized case or a PC made by the major manufacturers.
2) make sure that the new motherboard not only supports the LGA 775 socket - but that it's also Core 2 Duo capable. There's still some boards out there that don't fit both.
3) make sure that you don't have any proprietary hardware that won't fit the new board.

According to this link ( http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=PM8M-V ) your board is in the micro-ATX form factor - so larger formats may not fit your case. Be careful before buying!
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 10:17 AM

Thanks for the help and info!
I think I can manage to get the correct board and processor. I'll be careful and make sure of what I'm buying. Now I have another question.
If I install my old hard drive with WinXP already installed, someone here said that it would "mess up" my Windows installation and that I would need to do a "repair installation", How do I do that? Thanks again!




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