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#1 OS101

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:29 PM

My mobo is fried and I'm trying to replace it as inexpensively as possible. My old Mobo is a micro atx Pegatron m2n78-la violet with an AM2+ cpu socket. my processor is phenom x4 9750. This is the mobo I'm looking at getting http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131668 , I just want something that's equivalent to what I've got in there already, not really a hardcore gamer or anything. The place I brought it wanted 300+ to fix it and that's just too much out of my range. My question is, is this a decent mobo and will it support my older cpu? Any help and/or additional advice is appreciated

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:33 PM

That is an AM3 only motherboard, you need to get a motherboard that uses AM2+ sockets. The ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G would work well, plus, it also allows for newer AM3 CPU's if you choose to get a better one. You will have to reinstall Windows, however.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:33 PM

Thanks for the response, that was actually the 2nd one I was looking at, I'm curious why I have to reinstall windows though? I don't have the disc as it didn't come with my machine when I bought it, I've heard I can contact HP to request a copy for $50 or so though? I do have a windows upgrade 7 disc that I got when I did the free upgrade, I'm assuming that probably isn't enough to do a complete reinstall?

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:17 PM

The reason why you have reinstall windows is because the new motherboard is different form the old motherboard like drivers etc. You can buy Windows 7 Home Premium for $100 at NewEgg.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:23 AM

Full, OEM, and Upgrade media are all the same thing, differences happen when you input the product key. That key determines which version and SKU to install. There is a way to perform a clean install using upgrade media. When you boot into the Windows 7 upgrade disc, simply do a clean install, the installer will do compliance checking before the disc is formatted. You may still need to activate over the phone. This is all assuming you are using standard upgrade media that HP hasn't modified. Nevertheless, you still must reinstall Windows in some fashion. This article may help.

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