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?
Thanks

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#1
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"

http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDoc...

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

http://i00.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/...


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#2
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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#3
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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#4
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.
Thanks!

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#5
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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