Posted 31 August 2006 - 06:28 AM
Usually when you get a new motherboard you usually just transfer the CPU, CPU cooling fan, expansion cards, and RAM from your old motherboard and reuse them, or buy new ones.
Something to look out for: Most all motherboards that are for sale to the general public have individual headers for the case buttons and leds. But if you are currently using, say, a DELL and want to replace the mobo with a different manufacturer's mobo, notice that the DELL cases don't have individual wires coming from the case to the mobo, no, rather they have a connector.
You will also need some silver paste to put a thin even coat between the CPU and the CPU cooling structure. This can be commonly purchased for about $8 USD a tube, and you will only need about 1/30th of a tube. This is if you are transferring your old CPU. If you are buying new then you probably don't need to purchase the silver paste.
Once you have physically removed the old mobo, and installed the new mobo, then you must install DRIVERS. These are little programs that act as go-betweens between the Operating System and your hardware. Each motherboard uses a different set of Drivers. You new motherboard will come with a disk with drivers on it. Some drivers must be manually installed, others, such as for PC Chips brand mobos will auto-install - a nice feature.
Another consideration: Depending upon what type of Windows license you have with your Operating System, some versions (OEM for instance) are only allowed on ONE computer, no transfers allowed. Well, and here is the bad news, it is possible that because you are changing the motherboard your version of Windows may think it is in a different computer and will not activate. You then will have to call Microsoft and once you tell them that you are using a different mobo you may be out of luck. As Microsoft considers a different mobo a different computer - and like I said they do not allow transfers, even though you are using the same case, hard drive, etc, etc, etc. I have had this happen to me once and it cost $150 to purchase Windows again. Just a heads up.
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