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Upgrading old Asus barebone HELP

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#1 Eternallynewb


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:45 PM

Bought Asus P1-P5945G barebone for $10 (Learning on it, major noob, 1st pc torn into). Wanting to know what parts I can replace/upgrade to make this a good PC by today's standards. How do I know which parts are compatible or not? How do I go about new software & will it work with this PC? Wanting to tear it down & put it back together to get an idea of how it works.
Known parts so far:
CPU Intel i2 duo(supposedly LGA775/T socket?)
PSU 200W Asus p/n: 04g185003006 (works)
MB: p5L8L/p-p5945g/dp_mb
2X: DDR2 1GB
So far I don't see the GPU or HDD I believe the HDD is under the optical drive, hopefully. Bought thermal paste & tool kit, anything else I should have?
Remember this is my first project, please help a girl out with any advice or tips?

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 08:26 PM

Ehh looks like its impossible to do, the motherboard is proprietary and the form factor is extremely limited for upgrading.

Its no wonder why it was so cheap.


The only thing to do with this one is possibly max its ram to its 4Gig limit.

Otherwise it looks like a dead end with only a single Sata connector and IDE/PATA on its motherboard.

So upgrading the hard drive is laughable, I mean you can still find PATA/IDE drives but they are no longer mass produced so you are at the mercy of used hard drives and higher prices... its a bit lost cause there.

I mean you can get sata to IDE connectors but limited space in that case is a concern.

Best just making this into a linux box or something, luckily it can take 64Bit OS's so there is that.

Edited by MadmanRB, 22 May 2018 - 08:31 PM.

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