Solved switching out different motherboards

July 22, 2013 at 11:38:00
Specs: Windows vista/7
i have a emachines t5230 and i wanted to buy a ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AMD 785G AM3 Motherboard. i wanted to juust switch out the motherboard. i was wondering if i would have problems. also i bought windows 7 so should i install 7 before or after switching motherboards?

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July 22, 2013 at 13:12:23
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Assuming that the motherboard will actually fit, you would probably need to install a more powerful PSU. E machines are notorious for underpowered power supplies.

You would need install Windows 7 after installing all the new motherboard as Windows configures itself for the hardware it is running on. This is assuming you have bought a retail version of Windows 7. The OEM version that came with the E machines probably wouldn't install on anything but an E machines motherboard.


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July 22, 2013 at 14:31:41
thank you for that reply i also replaced the power supply with one that is capable enough since i have put other hardware inside of it

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July 22, 2013 at 16:18:49
"i wanted to buy a ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AMD 785G AM3 Motherboard"

Why would you choose that board? Sure, it's better than the stock eMachines board, but it's chipset is still a couple generations old. You realize you'll have to get new RAM & a probably a new CPU too, right? The old board is a socket AM2 w/DDR2 RAM, the new is a socket AM3 w/DDR3 RAM. So if you need to swap the CPU, board, & RAM, why not get something more up to date? Socket FM2 boards are cheap!

I couldn't find a /CSM board on the ASUS site, but here's the specs & CPU support list for the non-CSM version:

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