Solved OEM boards in a custom build?

August 28, 2012 at 03:50:10
Specs: Windows XP Professional 32-bit, AMD Sempron 2600+ 1.8GHz S754 | 1024MB DDR-400
Hey all,

Just got around to tearing apart some machines that have been sitting for a while, and have an idea for a possible upgrade from my SiS-based motherboard.

MSI MS-7050 motherboard

Only a couple problems are stopping me from installing it right now; it's an HP OEM board, and that I'd have to get a PCI-E based GPU to use in it. I've heard stories of people having problems with using OEM boards in custom builds, and I want to know if it's a smart idea or not.

Other than the fact that it's an OEM board, it definitely outclasses my ASUS K8S-MX SiS-based motherboard. (4 DDR-400 RAM slots, AMD Socket 939, PCI-E, tons of USB, etc.)

So, is it a smart idea to use an OEM board in my build, or should I just wait and save up enough for a decent board? My current system specifications are in my signature. (This is just a temporary build until I save enough to build an epic rig.)

Thanks,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#1
August 28, 2012 at 05:56:44
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There's nothing wrong with OEM boards other than they generally have a "crippled" BIOS that doesn't provide much in terms of tweakability. As long as you're not planning to overclock, an OEM board should be fine. If it's a S939/ATI based board, it's still pretty outdated, but it's a step up from S754/SiS based board.

http://www.pcupgrade.co.uk/productd...

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/loz-sa...


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#2
August 28, 2012 at 11:24:35
@riider

I suppose you're right, but it is sort of disappointing as I was hoping to overclock. Would there be a way to remove the OEM BIOS and install, say, a BIOS from a similar MSI board?

Thanks,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#3
August 28, 2012 at 16:26:41
The BIOS and motherboard must be very closely matched. Installing a BIOS from some source other than the motherboard manufacturer is very high risk, usually resulting in an unbootable system. OEM computers lack just about everything necessary for safe and effective overclocking. For this reason they omit the BIOS settings necessary for overclocking. This protects the owner from failure and them from the resulting warranty claims.

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#4
August 28, 2012 at 16:39:15
@LMiller7

Alright, well, I suppose I'll stick with the old K8S-MX for now. I'm hoping to save up enough money to build an actual modern gaming rig at some point, so the SiS board will have to hold out until then.

Thanks,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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