Solved new mb for refurbished computer and os compatibility

February 18, 2012 at 09:02:23
Specs: Windows XP Pro
i just bought a refurbished comp w windows xp. i havent gotten it yet (still in the mail) but i want to upgrade the mb an processor. will i need to buy a new os or will the the hard drive being shiped work w a new mb and processor?

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February 18, 2012 at 10:27:19
"i have a power supply here (thermaltake TR2-430W)"

Not a good one. It's not 80 plus certified (it's only 65% efficient), doesn't have active PFC, & has two +12v rails of only 14A & 15A. OK for an older system, but not for a modern 1155.

You didn't state how much you paid (more than $50?), but basically you bought it for the case, optical drive, & HDD? Because if you upgrade the board, you won't be able to use the power supply or RAM, & probably not the floppy drive either. Which one did you get - mini-tower, desktop, or SFF?

http://www.dell.com/downloads/globa...



#1
February 18, 2012 at 09:12:36
Why would you buy a system & start shopping for a new board & CPU before you even got it? If you change the board, Windows will have to be reinstalled. Does a disk come with the computer or do you already have one? Hopefully they're at least providing the product code. If not, you can recover it by using Magic Jelly Beab keyfinder.

It would help to know the specs of the system & what you plan to upgrade to. You may end up having to replace a lot more than just the board & CPU. Possibly the RAM & power supply as well. And if that's the case, you would have been better off building from scratch.


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#2
February 18, 2012 at 09:15:49
If you bought that particular model and replace the mobo and cpu, what is the point of buying it in the first place. Why not just buy a better model.

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#3
February 18, 2012 at 09:31:09
is a optiplex 745. im assuming windows wont be installed yet. i bought the comp last nite for cheap its apparently a pentium d 3.4 LGA 775 but id really like to have a more flexible socket like an 1155 and i was wondering what i was looking at to upgrade the mb. i would like to do it w/out having to buy a new hard dive and o/s and thought it might be easier if i did it before i installed windows (or is it already "installed" since its coming to me on the drive already) i have a power supply here (thermaltake TR2-430W) but dont really know what determines compatibility

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#4
February 18, 2012 at 09:34:59
well for the price i got it for i was thinking if nothing else it would b worth it for the drive, o/s and all the other stuff. plus i didnt realize it was a LGA 775.

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February 18, 2012 at 10:27:19
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"i have a power supply here (thermaltake TR2-430W)"

Not a good one. It's not 80 plus certified (it's only 65% efficient), doesn't have active PFC, & has two +12v rails of only 14A & 15A. OK for an older system, but not for a modern 1155.

You didn't state how much you paid (more than $50?), but basically you bought it for the case, optical drive, & HDD? Because if you upgrade the board, you won't be able to use the power supply or RAM, & probably not the floppy drive either. Which one did you get - mini-tower, desktop, or SFF?

http://www.dell.com/downloads/globa...


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#6
February 18, 2012 at 11:56:28
You MAY not even be able to install the Dell specific version of Windows after you change the board.

Penny wise and pound foolish if you ask me.

I suggest you just use the computer as is. When you need to upgrade, post here BEFORE buying.


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#7
February 18, 2012 at 13:55:43
You may not even be able to use the case... It might have a mATX MB, but it might have a non-standard board configuration.
You did not save any money, you just saved someone the trouble of recycling it.
You would need case, Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Power Supply, probably Graphics Card, Windows 7, and possibly more. You would be able to use the hard drive if it is good and it is not too small.
IF you started from scratch then you would be purchasing components optimal for your needs and budget, now you may make other mistakes by trying to purchase components that are compatible with some of the things you have and later replacing them anyway.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
February 19, 2012 at 07:08:29
i picked up the desktop form. the feedback has been helpful. i really didnt have the loot to build from scratch but that was what i wanted to do. i will most likely use as is and get components for my own build piecemeal, spreading the cost out over time. this optiplex should do till then.

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#9
February 19, 2012 at 08:34:57
I suggest that you set a budget and save that much cash. Then post here for help in selecting hardware that will be balanced and cost effective. Buying piecemeal is not a good idea. Computer components are like perishable food. They have a shelf life. They are more expensive at the start of their shelf life and then the cost keeps going down as faster/better hardware comes along. It is a never ending, moving target. Best to take a snapshot when you can afford to.

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