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Old PC needs new lease on life - what to upgrade to?

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September 12, 2007 5:49:25 PM


I have a 4-yr old PC that has a messed up XP installation, so now seems like a good time to upgrade the hardware since I have to format the drive, etc. I have several Raptor drives in it along with 2gb of ram (Kingston HyperX 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)). Anyway, it's got an old Pentium 4 Northwood 3.0ghz CPU installed on a Intel D875PBZLK 478 motherboard. What I'd like to do is upgrade the motherboard, CPU, and case only. I'd like to get a Core 2 Duo CPU and a motherboard with firewire ports (not necessary because I could drop an add-in card if necessary), e-Sata would be nice but not essential.

Is there a newer CPU/Motherboard combo that will work with my exiting ram, etc? Most of my other components are in good shape. Or am I looking at upgrading the ram, etc.

Any and all advice is appreciated.


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September 12, 2007 9:53:19 PM

You wont find a board that supports C2D and DDR ram....

Im afraid your only option would be to go new CPU, mobo, ram and GPU as i dont think ull find a board that supports C2D with AGP port either... sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
September 12, 2007 9:58:26 PM

The onyl thing I can think of is an Old motherboard Socket 939 and an Athlon 64 X2 for S939, which works with DDR400 ram, however I would very much rather build a new PC completely with newer components than trying to salvage anything there.
September 12, 2007 10:10:04 PM

Look at AsRock boards if you want to keep the DDR ram.
The AsRock 4CoreDual board.

It uses DDR and DDR2 ram, although you would better off going DDR2. Plus it's cheap, and can take a Quad core (supposedly). No firewire ports, but everything else.