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Upgrading motherboard on dell vistro


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#1 Edoge14352

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 01:59 AM

Right now I'm trying to upgrade the motherboard, but I'm unsure if another mobo will fit in the case. It's a dell vistro 260, I've already upgraded the PSU to a 600 watt, put in a 970 in it and upgraded the storage to 1 TB. I'm looking to get a newer motherboard and a new cpu. It currently has a i3 2120. Would a newer motherboard fit in it? I also heard that the OS is locked to the motherboard, and I'm fine with buying windows for it.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 06:09 AM

I think that Dell model uses Micro-ATX, but I'm not sure given how Dell's site works.  If it is a Micro-ATX board, you'll need another Micro-ATX one, but, if that case only takes standard ATX motherboards and not Micro-ATX, you may find yourself unable to mount the new board.  In Windows, OEM/System Builder copies have their license tied to the motherboard, so if you get a new motherboard, you need a new license.  The exception to this is if you are replacing a broken motherboard and cannot find a similar or exact version of your old motherboard.  A full version of Windows can be moved between motherboards.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:42 AM

That Windows is Windows 7 right? Then you probably have unused product key on sticker that is attached somewhere in case.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:50 AM

So a micro atx should work in it?

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

Micro ATX motherboard measurements are 9.6 × 9.6 in (244 × 244 mm). So if it currently have board of that size, then probably yes.



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:43 PM

According to what I read then yes a Micro ATX will fit.

However since you are already halfway there you could just build your own PC as you will need need RAM and a new CPU anyhow.

If you are willing to mod your PC then why not go one step up and build your own?

What is your budget?

I mean you already have a PSU and everything else so why not plus you may still need another case.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 12:06 PM

If you're ok with a new motherboard and possibly a new copy of windows you have a lot of possibilities. Another one is to update the BIOS of your Intel H61 mobo with the BIOS on this page and then look for a nice used 3570-3770 (or k variant but no reason since H61 *and dell* locks K variant anyway). 3770 can be found for $120.00-150.00 on ebay.



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Posted 20 January 2017 - 12:23 PM

If you're ok with a new motherboard and possibly a new copy of windows you have a lot of possibilities. Another one is to update the BIOS of your Intel H61 mobo with the BIOS on this page and then look for a nice used 3570-3770 (or k variant but no reason since H61 *and dell* locks K variant anyway). 3770 can be found for $120.00-150.00 on ebay.

 

 

Yeah but if you are going to go K sku then another case will be needed as airflow is no doubt not so good in that dell plus no liquid cooler possibilities nor room for good air coolers.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 11:38 PM

Wel no reason to go K but if he went with a K can't OC with that motherboard anyway -- so mute point really K or non K would be fine because it would only be running stock clocks. However a K version would be nice if the OP wanted to snag a Z67-Z77 off of ebay -- something like that. Really though an I5 3570 (or k) or I5 3770 (or K) or even a Sandy Bridge 2600-2600k would be a good upgrade. With the bios linked a drop in with any of them.



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Posted 20 January 2017 - 11:43 PM

Indeed, its all up to the OP to see where he wants to go.


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