Can anyone point me to a good tutorial for upgrading your MOBO. Im looking to upgrade my stock Dell board to a P45 based chipset but am unsure about whether i'll need to re-install XP and how to deal with the drivers etc.
Did your Dell computer come with Windows XP already installed? Was it a Dell custom version of XP with proprietary features? If so, there may be problems but certainly nothing than can't be overcome.
When you speak of drivers do you mean drivers for the cpu and/or chipsets on the motherboard? Every time I upgrade to a newer motherboard I have to install new drivers for the chips simply because they are new and improved. The drivers are included in a cd that comes with the motherboard. Updated versions are usually available on line.
I'm not positive, but I believe most Dell cases use a non-standard standoff pattern so you can't fit a normal ATX motherboard. They even do silly stuff like make the power connection cables with different ends so they don't work with a non-Dell motherboard.
The stock PSU is most likely crap also. Upgrading an OEM computer is usually not as easy as you might think.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong. (I haven't had to deal with an OEM computer for quite a while )