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Need Help Finding Compatible Mobo


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#1 p3nnyl3sshobo

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:09 PM

Hi everyone,

A few days ago my Dell precision 450's motherboard died.
My hardware including processors are completely fine and was looking to replace the motherboard with something other than a dell motherboard.
I have two single core Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz processors with 533MHz front side bus and 512KB L2 cache, or at least I think.
I have never had to replace anything in my computer and don't know how to find a compatible motherboard.
So. I guess what I am asking is, what motherboards are compatible with my processors?
Cost does not matter and I am going to get a new case for the mobo.


Any help would be appreciated.

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#2 HitSquad

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 11:01 AM

Hi p3nnyl3sshobo, welcome to BC. :thumbsup:

My hardware including processors are completely fine and was looking to replace the motherboard with something other than a dell motherboard.
I have two single core Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz processors with 533MHz front side bus and 512KB L2 cache, or at least I think.

It's not going to be easy getting a replacement. Socket 604 isn't exactly mainstream. :huh: Went to dell and looked up the specs on your system. If you're planning on using the other HW (i.e. memory, graphics card,etc) it gets even worse.
I could only locate two motherboards that will use most of the existing hardware on your old board. Unfortunetley, they are both discontinued. It doesn't mean that you cant locate one of them somewhere however.

1. Supermicro X5DAL-G
2. MSI E7505 Master2-F

There are some slightly newer boards available for your cpu's, but with no AGP slots or compatable ram either. You'ld be pretty much starting with just the cpu's and replacing\upgrading everything else. Pricey proposition. :huh:

Edited by HitSquad, 25 August 2008 - 11:08 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2008 - 01:13 PM

Adding to hitman's post, I think that you're expecting to take the old hard drive and putting it in the new one and have it work. If it's an exact replacement board, that might be possible. Otherwise you're opening a can of worms
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:21 PM

I have had good luck getting the model number from the board itself and looking on E-bay, or just Google the number to try to find something. I have resurrected a couple of old servers with used parts from E-bay. There are a surprising number of old server parts floating around.

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