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#1 Overdose(UT)

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 11:23 PM

hi, i have an emachine pc. it currently has a ultra ata hard drive in it. i want to upgrade to a sata. in two weeks i will be buying a new hard drive,power supply, and upgrading to two gigs of ram. i need a new power supply because i am putting a 7900 gtx in it. i want a westgate raptor sata hdd. do i only need a power supply with the proper wires to switch to a sata hdd? will my mother board be compatible with sata? it has an athlon 64 3400+. how hard is it to upgrade the processor? i have already taken out the hdd, power supply, and ram. thanks for any recommendations.

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 11:35 PM

To do such an extensive upgrade, you might as well put in another mobo in it aswell. Because the mobos provided with the eMachines are crappy.. Just my 2 cents.

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 11:51 PM

To do such an extensive upgrade, you might as well put in another mobo in it aswell. Because the mobos provided with the eMachines are crappy.. Just my 2 cents.


Can't do that. e-machines are propreitary. The only way he could upgrade the mobo is if he bought a board direct from e-machines or a palce that sells e-machines boards, if he's lucky enough to find such a place. No other brand of board will fit in the E-Machines case. My suggestion is to sell the e-machines and put the money toward a new system.

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 05:43 AM

You took the words out of my mouth. What he said^^

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:14 AM

I agree that it's not a great idea to add such good equipment to an eMachines system - you'd be better off (IMO) building a new system. In this case you'd have to purchase (at a minimum) a new case and motherboard and could reuse a lot of the eMachine components.

The W-D Raptor drives are great - but you'll need either a PSU that has the SATA plugs on it - or you'll need to get an adapter to adapt it to SATA (I got a PSU with the plugs built in when I got my Raptors, so I don't have any experience with the adapters).

You'll also have to ensure that the PSU has the proper plugs for your mobo. Some have an extra 4 pin plug for mobos, while others have different connection requirements (I haven't worked on an eMachine in quite a long while so I'm not sure about this).
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Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:19 AM

I agree that it's not a great idea to add such good equipment to an eMachines system - you'd be better off (IMO) building a new system. In this case you'd have to purchase (at a minimum) a new case and motherboard and could reuse a lot of the eMachine components.


I'm not so sure about that either. Most e-machines boards come with most things built in-sound video, lan, modem. More than liekly the only ocmponents he could probably use are the CPU and RAM, in which case it still makes more sense to sell the e-machines and use the money to buy another system.

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:46 AM

Are you guys sure about the emachines boards ?

all the new emachines that I have seen (ever since gateway bought them) now have standard MSI motherboards.

and depending on the model also have up to four sata ports and support raid.

look up your emachine here: www.e4me.com

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 10:02 AM

Are you guys sure about the emachines boards ?

all the new emachines that I have seen (ever since gateway bought them) now have standard MSI motherboards.

and depending on the model also have up to four sata ports and support raid.

look up your emachine here: www.e4me.com

I just finished working on an e-machines P4 system for someone, and the board was proprietary in that one. I work on e-machines quite often and have yet to stumble across one that isn't proprietary.




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