Updating an HP dc5100 sff

April 29, 2015 at 13:27:42
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, I have an old HP Compaq Business PC
dc5100 Small Form Factor computer minus the hard drive.
Can anyone tell me if I can update(replace) the motherboard(and recomendations?) in this chasis to be more up to date. At least Win 7 64.
I'm not a gamer but, use photoshop and music editing/recording software.
I love the SFF chasis.
Any ideas?

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April 29, 2015 at 14:10:14
"I love the SFF chasis"

That's too bad. Click on the following & scroll down to page 20. Notice what is listed under SFF for "System Board Form Factors", it says "Custom"


Have you looked inside the case? Does the board look like this one?


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April 29, 2015 at 15:31:52
I believe that the board does look like that. I'm not near it now so I can't be certain. I am wondering if another board will fit that chassis. I figured that "most" cases are generic to a certain size board whether it be a mico atx, mini atc, etc... I could be wrong with these business computers.

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April 29, 2015 at 16:48:10
One version of the manual says it's an atx board... So possibly you "might" find a more current board that would go in OK... But is it worth it? My limited experience with so called "custom/special" models is that they are generally well nigh impossible to upgrade in terms of the main board...?

Personally I would be inclined to save the time/effort and buy a more recent computer; not necessarily the latest win-8x models, but something that will at least run win7x (if it will do all you want to); even if it wouldn't ever run anything higher than win-7, and it was "cheap/inexpensive". Might well work out not much more than a replacement motherboard for the case you have; and possibly you "might" also need to upgrade the psu as well?

If perchance you can find a win-8 machine then go for it? These days there are relatively inexpensive systems about - if one goes looking...

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April 29, 2015 at 16:55:24
trvlr, you are probably correct.
I was just tring to hold onto that style of case for I don't like the bulkiness of towers and AIO's are a pain to work on.
I miss having the monitor sit right of top of the PC, taking up very little room.
I got the machine for free so I figured it was worth at least asking.

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April 29, 2015 at 17:09:35
I agree about the old desktop style of case where one could park the monitor..

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