Looking to upgrade my MOBO

ok the issue on hand here is that im pretty new to looking for a new mobo and so im not exactly sure what to look for to make sure the products i want to buy are compatible with what i already have.


http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00783599&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=3292424

that is the mobo i currently have i already have 2gigs of ram and ive put a nvidia geforce 8600 gt gcard from evga.


"Compaq Presario Media Center SR2011WM Desktop PC" is the name of the actual computer

but the limited ram availability is nagging at me and from what ive read its a decent setup its just the processor on the motherboard is extremely outdated and of course the availability of only 2 gigs of ram.

main uses: gaming, photography.

http://search.aim.com/search/search?q=ECS+BLACK+SERIES+GF8200A+compatible+with+compaq+presario+sr2011wm&s_it=spelling

is what i was looking at. is this capable of being compatible with the sr2011wm i already have. this my budget is up to 150$ + the cost of the extra ram i buy when i decide on what mobo i want.6
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  1. Well, if you got that board, you could keep the RAM, case and probably the hard drive if that's what you meant (though you'd have to reformat the HDD). Probably the power supply too, although who knows if it's worth saving.

    The existing CPU will not work; you'd have to replace it at the same time, although I gather that's kind of the idea anyway.

    Honestly, if you're replacing the board and the CPU, I'd look for a combo deal on Newegg -- you can get a decent AMD triple-core CPU and a DDR2 motherboard for like $150.
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315857

    what do you think about that one? would i still only have to replace my power supply for that? as well as the rebooting my hdd
  3. That combo is good.

    You might have an old PSU. Be sure that your PSU have a 24-pin matx connector.

    As for the HDD, its up to you.
  4. PSU? lol sorry im not familiar with all the acronyms. im nub haha
  5. PSU = power supply unit
  6. If you are using the version of Windows that came with the Compaq, you will need a new version.
  7. you have a celeron D ? your going to need a better processor. if all you want to do is Ram/Motherboard i can make suggestions.

    MOTHERBOARD with upgrading ram to DDR2 800 Mhz
    ECS - $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000280%201070622728&Description=ecs&name=Core%202%20Duo%20%2f%20Pentium%20D%20%2f%20Celeron%20D

    Gigabyte $85 - $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000280%201070647135&Description=gigabyte%20motherboard&name=Core%202%20Quad%2fDuo%20%2f%20Pentium%20Dual-Core%20%2f%20Celeron

    If i were you, I would get a new processor like a core 2 duo or core 2 quad, then get new motherboard and ram and recycle the rest of your components
  8. muchlife-ya i plan on getting a the mobo + processor combo i linked above.


    -eh windows 7 it is i guess.
    Thanks for the input so far. but now what type of psu should i get? 300w , 400w? or am i looking for the different frequencies? and which freq. would i be looking for?
  9. imchazirock said:
    muchlife-ya i plan on getting a the mobo + processor combo i linked above.


    -eh windows 7 it is i guess.
    Thanks for the input so far. but now what type of psu should i get? 300w , 400w? or am i looking for the different frequencies? and which freq. would i be looking for?


    Dont order it yet... the board you select is ATX not Micro ATX - it will not fit your case

    You need one of these...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=gigabyte+micro+atx+motherboard

    Your origional board runs on a ATI chipset.

    ATI / AMD no longer has a license to make Intel compatible chipsets since almost after AMD bought ATI.

    The problem is with the current OS is that you will need to reload windows from a OEM disk, each code on a manufacturers pc is accepted in the OEM disk corresponding to what version you have ( ie Media Centre, Home and Pro )

    I would back up your data first..

    Any new board with an Intel chipset will fit aslong as it is Micro ATX and make sure you get one which takes a new style processor ( 1333 FSB ) - any 41 series chipset will do.

    I wouldnt go with the ECS ( this is a cheap brand ) - go with the Gigabyte... Processor - what ever you can afford.
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