Ease of MoBo upgrade

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by port565, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. port565

    port565 Guest

    I'd like to upgrade my MoBo, but I've never done that before. I've upgraded
    nearly everything else with reasonable ease. I'm just wondering how easy it
    is to upgrade a MoBo & compatible processor.

    I just searched previous postings, but couldn't find anything about that. I
    noticed the new-license "requirement", tho.

    eMachines 600is, original PSU, case, cables, and floppy drive (remember
    those?) Custom CD-RW, DVD-ROM, RAM (Now 256MB; I'm going to try different
    combos of the 8 RAM sticks I now have), 160 GB HDD, controller (?) card.

    BTW, would I need the controller card if I upgrade the MoBo? I have it in
    now, and it doesn't read past the 128,000,000,000th byte. Can't remember
    whether this is a software issue or a hardware issue. It's been too long
    ago to remember specifically why I couldn't not use the controller card.

    Are the below-referenced MoBo and processor compatible with each other and
    my computer? I checked the http://www.biostar.com.tw web site to determine
    compatibility between MoBo and CPU, but it didn't explicitly say that CPU is
    compatible with any MoBo. Please help!


    port565, Jan 28, 2007
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  2. port565

    WhzzKdd Guest

    I'm not going to take the time get into details, but I'll answer a couple of
    the questions. You should not need the controller you bought for your 160GB
    HD. The new motherboard's onboard controller should handle it just fine. The
    RAM should be replaced. What you have is probably (either or both) the wrong
    physical configuration or the wrong speed. Of course, the drives should be
    fine. Another problem is the power supply. New CPUs require much more power,
    and AMD / P4 compatible power supplies have an extra plug that goes to the
    motherboard to supply that. Your eMachine most likely doesn't have that
    connector, and probably doesn't have enough overall wattage for the upgrade

    Here's my opinion on determining whether the CPU is the correct one for the
    motherboard: call the dealer you are buying them from. It's best to have
    them talk you through the choices and help you decide. That way, if there is
    a problem, they're on the line for it.
    WhzzKdd, Jan 28, 2007
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  3. port565

    port565 Guest

    Thanks for your assistance. I once had a PSU blow up while I was trying to
    use the computer it was in. (Too much heat, I'm guessing. Mid-September
    afternoon, building with 3 walls and a string of west-facing windows,
    careless user.) Anyway, I'll definitely be mindful of that. Thank again!
    port565, Jan 29, 2007
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