new computer setup help

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  1. BeatKonducta

    BeatKonducta New Member

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    ok, this is my situation. i got a computer for graduation. HP 2.7ghz CELERON *BLEH!!* 512 ram, 80 gb hdd, integrated graphics *BLEH!!*, no agp slot!!!!, cdrw drive, dvd drive. some good things. but i want to throw in a new motherboard and just make this an overall better gaming machine cuz the shit sucks now. what should i do? not too good with computers. what kind of motherboard? need a new processor if i do that? new vid card of course. kind of on a budget. so i don't need an ULTIMATE gaming machine. but i do want something much better. help me out here.
     
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    Well for a reasonable graphics card I would recommend a Geforce4 Ti4200-4600, or maybe a Radeon 9600 Pro here is a good link to get prices. http://www.pricewatch.com/
    Just click on the video card section.
    As for a motherboard, u can buy a new board is meant for celerons or you can buy one that isn't and get a new processor. Your choice. These days you can get a good deal on a decent board and processor for $150 total.
     
  3. Demo Dick

    Demo Dick I will treat you all alike. Just Like Shit!

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    You'll need a new case and power supply because HP's case probably only fits their motherboard and their power supply is probably ~100w. P4 motherboard accept either P4's or P4 based Celerons. The Celeron isn't that bad of a chip so you could use it for now and save up for a nice P4. You might have to ditch HP's RAM when you upgrade the CPU because they probably cheaped out and used the slowed RAM they could get by with. Don't forget you'll need a new copy of Windows to install because HP's restore shit won't work on a different motherboard.
     
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    ok, i emailed HP and this is what they said:

    Thank you for contacting HP Total Care.

    I gather from your message that you wish to change your pavilion
    computer
    motherboard and hence you need to known about the details of your
    computer
    motherboard.

    Yes, you can change your existing motherboard with any other motherboard

    which has the following specification. The detail specification of
    existing motherboard is as follows:

    1. Part number MS-6577 v3.1
    2. Socket 478 architecture
    * Supports Intel Pentium 4 processor up to 3.06 GHz
    * Supports Intel Celeron processor up to 2.80 GHz
    * 400/533 MHz front side bus
    3. Intel i845GV Northbridge, ICH4 Southbridge
    4. Northbridge: Intel i845GV graphics and memory controller hub
    * supports up to 512 MB non-ECC DDR-DIMM modules for a maximum of
    1.0 GB system memory
    * Intel Extreme Graphics with Direct AGP
    * Integrated graphics controller may be configured to allocate
    512 KB, 1 MB or 8 MB system memory at boot.
    * Additional graphics memory is dynamically allocated based
    on need.
    * Systems with less than 256 MB may allocate up to 32 MB. Systems
    with 256 MB or more may allocate up to 64 MB.
    5. Southbridge: Intel I/O Controller Hub 4
    * Integrated AC97 audio interface (supports Dolby 5.1 audio)
    * USB 2.0 controller supports 6 USB ports
    * Dual ATA-100 disk drive controllers support UDMA 100/66/33
    * Chipset supports up to 6 bus mastering PCI channels
    6. Memory
    * 2 DDR-DIMM slots for PC 2100 or PC 2700 DDR-DIMMS
    * Maximum module size is 512 MB
    * Maximum total memory is 1.0 GB
    * Supports unbuffered, non-ECC, 2.5v DIMMS
    7. 2 IDE connectors
    * Supports 2 IDE devices on each connector.
    * Supports UDMA 100/66/33 - requires an 40 pin/80 conductor cable
    for UDMA 66 and 100 disk drives
    8. 1 floppy disk connector
    9. 3 32-bit bus mastering PCI Slots
    10. RealTek ALC658 six channel audio codec
    11. VIA VT6307 1394 controller
    12. RealTek RTL8101L ethernet chip supports 10/100 Mb/s
    13. Back panel connectors
    * PS/2 keyboard (purple)
    * PS/2 mouse (green)
    * 4 USB 2.0 ports
    * 1 IEEE 1394 port
    * 1 RJ45 networking port
    * 1 parallel port
    * 1 serial port
    * 1 VGA connector
    * Microphone jack (pink)
    * Line in jack (light blue)
    * Line out jack (lime)
    14. Onboard connectors
    * ATX power connector
    * ATX +12v power connector
    * CPU fan connector
    * System fan connector (also known as duct or chassis fan)
    * Jumper to clear CMOS
    * Jumper to reset password
    * Optical drive audio input
    * Auxiliary audio input
    * Front panel power and LED connectors
    * 1 USB connector supporting 2 additional USB 2.0 ports on
    front panel
    * 1 IEEE 1394 connector supporting one 1394 port
    * Front audio connector
    15. System supports ACPI power saving modes

    If you need further assistance, please reply to this message.
    We will be glad to assist you.

    Have a good day !


    Sincerely,

    Udai
    HP Total Care
     
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    BeatKonducta New Member

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    ok, in english? lol, what "good" motherboard may i get with those specs? any? lol. seems like that limits a lot. someone translate all that for me, lol. thanks.
     
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    Mate dont worry about the specs they give you.

    Just find out if its standard atx form (looks like it is) and if it is, you can buy pretty much any motherboard that can take that cpu and ram.

    If its not standard form and the case is specifically designed for it, you might have to buy a new case wich you can get for really cheap these days.

    Whats the model of the hp system anyways ?
     
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    well for 1, count on ditching the RAM/Mobo/CPU if u want any gaming machine out of it.

    what price range are u looking at?
    any preference on AMD/Intel?

    FYI, if ur gonna be overhauling the insides of the PC u just as well get a case and a cheapo/old HD and make it a backup or extra machine out of the HP parts... server maybe? Just a Thought :)
     
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    the model is a405n, pavillion. no preference. just want an AMD. i was planning on getting rid of the celeron anyway. price range? not sure. i don't need top of the line. but i still want something nice.
     

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