What motherboard would fit in emachines T3120

Emachines / T3120
October 12, 2010 at 20:07:54
Specs: XP HOME, 1gb
I thought of maxxing out the memory in my t3120, that would be 2 X 1 gb pc3200. it would cost $80 to $90 dollars. then i thought i could replace the whole mobo and get something newer than a socket 754. what could i put in here that would work with XP? i've seen a few boards on newegg, but i'm not sure what works with what. i have an ide hdd and dvd drive to consider, and still have the stock powersupply. Costwise, I don't think it's worth it. Just wondering what would fit. one more thing, most of the boards ive seen come with radeon onboard graphics, and i have an nvidia graphics card, gt220. my friend at work said there would be problems. it would be awesome to put in a board that uses am3, ddr3, pcie2.0, a 10/100/1000 lan and a 1000mhz fsb.

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October 12, 2010 at 23:01:47

The version of XP HOME is tied to the eMachine. You would need to re-instal/repair installl XP if swapped out motherboard, it may not pass Windows Genuine Advantage.

Socket 754 is well past its sell-by-dates as is XP.

Most motherboards only come with one IDE connector and PCI-express, your graphics card is PCI-e so that can be re-used. Also many new products are not optimized for XP. Plus you will likely need a newer PSU.

Why not buy a new Windows 7 PC ? around $400, sell your old PC !

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October 13, 2010 at 09:31:50
"it would be awesome to put in a board that uses am3, ddr3, pcie2.0, a 10/100/1000 lan and a 1000mhz fsb"

AMD hasn't used the outdated FSB for many years. It was replaced with the HyperTransport bus (HT). The latest version is HT 3.0 that runs at 2600MHz (aka 5200MHz or 5200MT/s).

There's very little from your old system that would be useable in a modern build...basically, you'd be able to re-use the case & the optical drive(s). You *may* be able to use the HDD but it's probably not worth it. You'd be better off leaving the eMachines system as-is. Either sell it to help finance your new build or keep it as a backup/secondary system.

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October 21, 2010 at 21:11:11
I've decided to leave it alone. If i could overclock the current cpu from 2200 mhz to about 2400 or even 2600, would be great, but thats a whole different can of worms.

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