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Hi,

I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.
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  1. GandhiMonroe said:
    Hi,

    I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

    I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
    2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

    Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.


    all motherboard come with the i/o Panel , you dont need to worry about that. just remove he old panel and install the new one

    those are removable :

  2. SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    Hi,

    I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

    I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
    2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

    Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.


    all motherboard come with the i/o Panel , you dont need to worry about that. just remove he old panel and install the new one

    those are removable :





    But at the back of my computer, the slots for the connectors are on a metal plate, so is the plate interchangeable?
    (Sorry if this is a bad explanation)
  3. GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    Hi,

    I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

    I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
    2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

    Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.


    all motherboard come with the i/o Panel , you dont need to worry about that. just remove he old panel and install the new one

    those are removable :





    But at the back of my computer, the slots for the connectors are on a metal plate, so is the plate interchangeable?
    (Sorry if this is a bad explanation)


    depends if that plate is part of the pc case or like the photo I showed you

    can you give me the name of the case? or pc Model number ?

    also changing the case is easy

    how much do you want to pay for motherboard and case max ? so I find you good deal ?

    changing the case is easy ...
  4. SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    Hi,

    I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

    I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
    2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

    Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.


    all motherboard come with the i/o Panel , you dont need to worry about that. just remove he old panel and install the new one

    those are removable :





    But at the back of my computer, the slots for the connectors are on a metal plate, so is the plate interchangeable?
    (Sorry if this is a bad explanation)


    depends if that plate is part of the pc case or like the photo I showed you

    can you give me the name of the case? or pc Model number ?

    also changing the case is easy

    how much do you want to pay for motherboard and case max ? so I find you good deal ?

    changing the case is easy ...


    The case is a: CiT Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower (i think)

    For a motherboard i would be looking to spend £50 max, maybe stretch to £70 if required. For board and case, i would be willing to spend £100 - £120
  5. GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    Hi,

    I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

    I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
    2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

    Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.


    all motherboard come with the i/o Panel , you dont need to worry about that. just remove he old panel and install the new one

    those are removable :





    But at the back of my computer, the slots for the connectors are on a metal plate, so is the plate interchangeable?
    (Sorry if this is a bad explanation)


    depends if that plate is part of the pc case or like the photo I showed you

    can you give me the name of the case? or pc Model number ?

    also changing the case is easy

    how much do you want to pay for motherboard and case max ? so I find you good deal ?

    changing the case is easy ...


    The case is a: CiT Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower (i think)

    For a motherboard i would be looking to spend £50 max, maybe stretch to £70 if required. For board and case, i would be willing to spend £100 - £120


    if this one then you are ok and can put Full ATX motherboard there too

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Vantage-Gaming-Audio-Reader/dp/B0071KZNUY

    no worries
  6. SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    Hi,

    I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

    I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
    2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

    Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.


    all motherboard come with the i/o Panel , you dont need to worry about that. just remove he old panel and install the new one

    those are removable :





    But at the back of my computer, the slots for the connectors are on a metal plate, so is the plate interchangeable?
    (Sorry if this is a bad explanation)


    depends if that plate is part of the pc case or like the photo I showed you

    can you give me the name of the case? or pc Model number ?

    also changing the case is easy

    how much do you want to pay for motherboard and case max ? so I find you good deal ?

    changing the case is easy ...


    The case is a: CiT Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower (i think)

    For a motherboard i would be looking to spend £50 max, maybe stretch to £70 if required. For board and case, i would be willing to spend £100 - £120


    if this one then you are ok and can put Full ATX motherboard there too

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Vantage-Gaming-Audio-Reader/dp/B0071KZNUY

    no worries


    It is that board, is there any sort of advantage of having an ATX board over a micro-ATX board?
  7. GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    Hi,

    I have a computer that I have recently upgraded to Windows 8, but my motherboard does not support the OS. And this has caused to many system crashes so I have decided to find another board,

    I am currently using a Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2, which I believe is a micro-ATX board with AM3 support. I do not want to replace my case, so I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a way to change the panel on the back of the case so that the connectors on the motherboard can be different?
    2) If not, then can anyone find a Windows 8 compatible board that will house my AMD FX-4170 CPU with the same connectors as my old board?

    Thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.


    all motherboard come with the i/o Panel , you dont need to worry about that. just remove he old panel and install the new one

    those are removable :





    But at the back of my computer, the slots for the connectors are on a metal plate, so is the plate interchangeable?
    (Sorry if this is a bad explanation)


    depends if that plate is part of the pc case or like the photo I showed you

    can you give me the name of the case? or pc Model number ?

    also changing the case is easy

    how much do you want to pay for motherboard and case max ? so I find you good deal ?

    changing the case is easy ...


    The case is a: CiT Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower (i think)

    For a motherboard i would be looking to spend £50 max, maybe stretch to £70 if required. For board and case, i would be willing to spend £100 - £120


    if this one then you are ok and can put Full ATX motherboard there too

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Vantage-Gaming-Audio-Reader/dp/B0071KZNUY

    no worries


    It is that board, is there any sort of advantage of having an ATX board over a micro-ATX board?


    yes , good new motherboards with good chipset come only with ATX for AMD

    like USB3 , SATA 3 ... I will see one for you for 50 pounds

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  8. Best answer
    ok here is your best choice for 50 pounds

    MSI 970A-G46 (be sure it is G46)

    sold here for 50 pounds :

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/970A-G46-MSI-AM3-AMD970-4-DDR3-2-USB3-GBE-LAN-ATX-MOTHERBOARD~cs/B839786&origin=skinflint5.4

    read about it here :

    it has good choices and support your CPU , and support windows 8

    970A-G46

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=Overview

    here is the CPU support list , you will find your CPU there :)

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=CPUSupport


    is a good board

    dont go for cheaper ...
  9. SNA3 said:
    ok here is your best choice for 50 pounds

    MSI 970A-G46 (be sure it is G46)

    sold here for 50 pounds :

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/970A-G46-MSI-AM3-AMD970-4-DDR3-2-USB3-GBE-LAN-ATX-MOTHERBOARD~cs/B839786&origin=skinflint5.4

    read about it here :

    it has good choices and support your CPU , and support windows 8

    970A-G46

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=Overview

    here is the CPU support list , you will find your CPU there :)

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=CPUSupport


    is a good board

    dont go for cheaper ...


    Thank you very much for your help SNA3, i will buy that board as soon as i can.
  10. GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    ok here is your best choice for 50 pounds

    MSI 970A-G46 (be sure it is G46)

    sold here for 50 pounds :

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/970A-G46-MSI-AM3-AMD970-4-DDR3-2-USB3-GBE-LAN-ATX-MOTHERBOARD~cs/B839786&origin=skinflint5.4

    read about it here :

    it has good choices and support your CPU , and support windows 8

    970A-G46

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=Overview

    here is the CPU support list , you will find your CPU there :)

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=CPUSupport


    is a good board

    dont go for cheaper ...


    Thank you very much for your help SNA3, i will buy that board as soon as i can.


    np :) , I noticed one thing ... your old Motherboard has onboard graphics , are you using onboard Graphics or using a dedicated Graphic card ?
  11. SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    ok here is your best choice for 50 pounds

    MSI 970A-G46 (be sure it is G46)

    sold here for 50 pounds :

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/970A-G46-MSI-AM3-AMD970-4-DDR3-2-USB3-GBE-LAN-ATX-MOTHERBOARD~cs/B839786&origin=skinflint5.4

    read about it here :

    it has good choices and support your CPU , and support windows 8

    970A-G46

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=Overview

    here is the CPU support list , you will find your CPU there :)

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=CPUSupport


    is a good board

    dont go for cheaper ...


    Thank you very much for your help SNA3, i will buy that board as soon as i can.


    np :) , I noticed one thing ... your old Motherboard has onboard graphics , are you using onboard Graphics or using a dedicated Graphic card ?


    I'm using an ATI Radeon HD 6670
  12. GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    GandhiMonroe said:
    SNA3 said:
    ok here is your best choice for 50 pounds

    MSI 970A-G46 (be sure it is G46)

    sold here for 50 pounds :

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/970A-G46-MSI-AM3-AMD970-4-DDR3-2-USB3-GBE-LAN-ATX-MOTHERBOARD~cs/B839786&origin=skinflint5.4

    read about it here :

    it has good choices and support your CPU , and support windows 8

    970A-G46

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=Overview

    here is the CPU support list , you will find your CPU there :)

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=CPUSupport


    is a good board

    dont go for cheaper ...


    Thank you very much for your help SNA3, i will buy that board as soon as i can.


    np :) , I noticed one thing ... your old Motherboard has onboard graphics , are you using onboard Graphics or using a dedicated Graphic card ?


    I'm using an ATI Radeon HD 6670


    ok no problems then :)
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