Motherboard Compatability LGA775
The motherboard in my PC went and before buying a new motherboard and CPU (INTEL QUAD CORE Q9400 2.66 GHZ), I am trying to find the same motherboard (MSI INTEL G31M-L V2 GMA 3100 1333FSB ), can I get one that is not the same but capatable? Or breakdown and buy both? Not a big time gamer, but just bought my new pc and this is our "other" PC in the house.
As long as it will fit your case and has the same socket for the cpu, you shouldbe fine. However, do your homework if the motherboard came as part of a pre-built system as many manufacturers (HP, Dell, etc.) have their parts made as being proprietary (meaning the motherboard dimensions and standoff locations aren't the norm) and may not be compatible with standard configurations.
animal said:As long as it will fit your case and has the same socket for the cpu, you shouldbe fine. However, do your homework if the motherboard came as part of a pre-built system as many manufacturers (HP, Dell, etc.) have their parts made as being proprietary (meaning the motherboard dimensions and standoff locations aren't the norm) and may not be compatible with standard configurations.
No it was built by Cyberpower. Not a computer guybut I can "unplug" the cpu and as long as it is a LGA775 and a chipset of 31 I can just replace the motherboard?
Preecher said:If you want to continue to use the Q9400 then you can just replace the defective motherboard with another LGA 775. I don't see anything special about your defective board, I think just about any 775 "Micro ATX" will do.
So it is possibel to find LGA775 motherboards? Is that the only identification I would need in looking for a new motherboard?
here are a few to look over:
Hmm, changing the motherboard usually means your going to "loose your Windows OS license...." Do you have the Win7 (?) OS DVD disc? Is it a full retail version? If not, you can't "re-use" it on your new motherboard, IF you can find one...
Might be time to go for a new off the shelf computer as the cost of Win 7 OS alone is $100. Then add in a MB, for about $60, to support a older CPU.... your up to the point where a new system make more sense @ ~$300...
if you have your original OS disk & key, just do a re-install. If it gives you any problems, simply contact microsoft and explain original mobo died, thus replaced your mobo with what you believe to be an equivalent. Many times they will re-issue ou a new key as long as it is not a radical motherboard upgrade. Worth a try before buying a new OS package.