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Motherboard & Processor advice

k.inglis Avatar
7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
I think I am going to need to replace my existing motherboard and processor some time soon. My current one is an old Intel P4 1.5ghz, dont know what the Mobo is as I had to replace that about 5yrs ago and the chap that did it just put in any old thing I think (I was desperate at the time lol)

PC is currently on the blink now wont boot most of the time if it is switched off, when you do get it going it locks if your idle for more than around 10 mins and you have a devil of a job to get it going again.

So my question is can anyone point me in the right direction as to a good combo maybe or individually reasonably priced parts. Would like to have a fairly reasonable spec one as my son does like to play games on there and I have an old graphics card that I can put on think it is an Nvidia 6600gt.

Thanks
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#1
is the gfx card Agp or pci express, how much you looking to spend
#2
If you have an PCI-E GPU card and you have not upgraded for 5 years, you wont want the very newest/best spec, so you should get a good solid Mobo and CPU combo for less then £100, i will post somethingwhen you confirm the GPU card is AGP or PCI-E
#3
Mostly when people talk about old stuff they're exaggerating, a lot of it isn't even five years old. A 1.5Ghz Pentium 4 is fairly old though. It must be from around 2001. Your graphics card is quite a bit newer though, 2004 or 2005.

The motherboard and processor are either Socket 423 or 478.

With something that old very little is going to fit into a modern motherboard. If you were lucky enough to have a PCI-E 6600GT then that may work (although is probably no faster than decent integrated graphics these days) but the memory won't work and you may well need a new power supply as newer PCs have migrated to using the +12v line more (and there has been a few connector changes).

Your hard drive will plug in, but if it's from 2001 then it's likely to be rather slow and as it's one of the most important parts of the system buying a newer one for the operating system would be a good idea. Plus you probably want Windows 7 (or Vista) for gaming as XP support is likely to be dropped in the next year or two (windows 2000 support started dropping in 2006 and is all but gone and that was released just a year before XP).

If the case is decent you can keep that, and the DVD drive will work fine as well as any sound cards or other expansion bits you have.
#4
IMO your better off replacing the whole lot. :thumbsup:
Most important question is what's your budget? :)
#5
stoky12
is the gfx card Agp or pci express, how much you looking to spend


Graphics card is PCI taken from my sons targa pc which we upgraded a little while ago.

thks
#6
New Born
IMO your better off replacing the whole lot. :thumbsup:
Most important question is what's your budget? :)


Not sure of the cost of these things but didnt really want to spend more than £150 if possible.
#7
EndlessWaves
Mostly when people talk about old stuff they're exaggerating, a lot of it isn't even five years old. A 1.5Ghz Pentium 4 is fairly old though. It must be from around 2001. Your graphics card is quite a bit newer though, 2004 or 2005.

The motherboard and processor are either Socket 423 or 478.

With something that old very little is going to fit into a modern motherboard. If you were lucky enough to have a PCI-E 6600GT then that may work (although is probably no faster than decent integrated graphics these days) but the memory won't work and you may well need a new power supply as newer PCs have migrated to using the +12v line more (and there has been a few connector changes).

Your hard drive will plug in, but if it's from 2001 then it's likely to be rather slow and as it's one of the most important parts of the system buying a newer one for the operating system would be a good idea. Plus you probably want Windows 7 (or Vista) for gaming as XP support is likely to be dropped in the next year or two (windows 2000 support started dropping in 2006 and is all but gone and that was released just a year before XP).

If the case is decent you can keep that, and the DVD drive will work fine as well as any sound cards or other expansion bits you have.


Yes you are correct the motherboard is around 2001 and the graphics card is one that I am going to reuse from my sons Targa pc which we upgraded a while ago.

Just bought a new PC for my second son which has Win 7 to be honest I think I prefer XP. I have my original copy of XP if I did buy a new hard drive as well would it be easy enough to install on the new drive, and would I be able to keep the original drive as a slave perhaps?

Thanks
#8
k.inglis
Yes you are correct the motherboard is around 2001 and the graphics card is one that I am going to reuse from my sons Targa pc which we upgraded a while ago.

Just bought a new PC for my second son which has Win 7 to be honest I think I prefer XP. I have my original copy of XP if I did buy a new hard drive as well would it be easy enough to install on the new drive, and would I be able to keep the original drive as a slave perhaps?

Thanks


Yes, you'd have to install the operating system and programs on the new drive to get any benefit from it. One thing you would need is the floppy drive from your current computer as a 2001 XP CD won't include SATA drivers and will need to be provided them on a floppy disk (the hit F6 bit in setup).

Your current hard drive can be connected as a second hard drive, it will be set to master as it'll be the only IDE hard drive - SATA ones have gotten rid of that system and are just plugged in without any jumpers that require setting.

A PCI graphics card will work in a new machine, PCI hasn't been replaced by PCI-Express just yet.

A bundle with motherboard, memory, CPU and CPU cooler will cost you around £100-120 (novatech has a couple). A new power supply if needed is around £30 and a hard drive will cost you around £35. (you want 320GB or 500GB, not because of the space but because anything smaller is likely to be old technology). You'll also need a molex to SATA power adapter.

You need to check your power supply, see which connectors it's got and how much power it provides on the +12V line which the sticker on the side of the PSU will tell you, it should say something like:

+12V
14A

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