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April 24, 2010 11:51:45 PM

How does one find older motherboards to match older processors.It seems such a waste with the cost of some processors.

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April 25, 2010 1:48:04 AM

What socket is the CPU? I'm looking for a chart for you.

If you don't know the socket, just give me the CPU model.
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April 25, 2010 8:16:11 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Tom's Hardware Forum related to section CPU & Components by Aford10
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April 25, 2010 8:45:44 AM

Is this a prebuilt system such as a dell, hp? If so, give the model and we can help.

If this is a built system by you or a local computer store you should be able to identify the motherboard by its labeling directly on the motherboard. Some cheaper boards don't have clear markings but its worth the effort to look anyway. You will also need to identify if its a micro atx or standard atx motherboard. Measure its width and length and post with your info if you can't find any labeling on it. As graywolf mentioned, you can get the info from the top of the cpu to help us identify your cpu socket type. This will help greatly if you can't identify the mobo...
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April 25, 2010 12:06:41 PM

or install CPU-Z (google it) and that will tell you motherboard, socket and CPU
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April 25, 2010 1:04:26 PM

That is if its still running. I was going to suggest that too but I ass-u-me-d that it was not working since hes trying to find one...
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April 25, 2010 1:49:24 PM

I found a post on my local craigslist of 25 old boards for $40. You can also check your local goodwill store. My local goodwill has a special store for computer components only.
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April 25, 2010 4:09:08 PM

miskito2002 said:
How does one find older motherboards to match older processors.It seems such a waste with the cost of some processors.

If this is a general question not aimed at finding a specific motherboard for a specific processor, the I suggest the following steps:
1. Identify the processor you want to match with a motherboard ( physical inspection on the CPU label). You need to know the manufacturer and model name for use in searching more info for it.
2. Use google to search "motherboard"+"for"+type your CPU identity here.
3. If #2 does not give any good result, google the processor to determine the socket type ( AM2, AM2+, 775, or even older... )
4. Go to newegg or other online stores and search for motherboard that supports the given socket type.
5. Choose among the available motherboards and go to the manufacturer's website to check CPU support list to confirm that the CPU is indeed supported.
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