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February 28, 2012 5:39:19 PM

i want to buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i just want it to upgrade my current computer but i don't think it's compatible with my computer, so i want to know if i need a new motherboard and what motherboard i could get to use this.

my computer stats are:
CPU: Intel Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
RAM: DDR2 SDRAM 3GB (1 x 1GB & 1 X 2GB)
Motherboard: Intel Corporation
Graphics: GeForce 6600
and my computer is a Gateway GM5066e
thank you for any help

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February 28, 2012 5:52:36 PM

your best solution is to get a new computer as you'll need to change just about everything to use that part
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February 28, 2012 5:55:15 PM

what is a rig and if i get a new rig will i be able to use that processor?
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a b V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 5:55:17 PM
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a c 196 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 5:58:44 PM

You will need a new motherboard, new RAM and depending on if the 6600 is AGP or PCI-Express new graphics unless you plan on using onboard graphics. You may also need a new hard drive because what you have now is probably IDE and most new boards do not even have an IDE interface anymore. To top it all off you may need a new power supply and even a case depending on if what you have is standard ATX or not. And of course you will have to reinstall Windows so you will need that too.

Basically it's time for a new computer. So fill this out and we can help you more.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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a c 196 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 6:02:20 PM

Also to be honest that is not a great CPU to start a build around. Compared to what you have now it is a beast but you can do better for the same or less money.
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February 28, 2012 6:08:12 PM

can you give me an example of a better processor then?
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a c 435 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 6:12:45 PM

This motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... has sata III support but not usb 3.0. Most of those boards are atx, which may not fit your case. Use with this ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which also has a 10% off promo code if you get newegg email promos. You may have to flash the bios to get your 6100 to post; this is not unusual with many boards. Here's a better choice in full size atx: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Do some measurements to be sure the board will fit; it requires a separate video card.
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a c 196 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 6:15:45 PM

What are you going to do with it? Just for all around internet browsing and general use something like a Pentium G would be all you need. If you want a gaming machine then the i3 or i5 series can't be beat. If you plan on overclocking then you would want an i5 or i7 "K" series processor. There is no one size fits all. That is why I asked you to fill out the new build sticky.
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February 28, 2012 6:31:48 PM

well i dont want a new computer just a new motherboard and cpu
but ill fill out some of that

Budget Range: about $150 i can spend more but it might take a while to get the money to
Preferred Website: newegg.com but ill take suggestions from other sites
Country: America
Parts Preferences: just any motherboard that is compatible(besides asus)
Overclocking: no
SLI or Crossfire: idk what that is
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 idk why that matters

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a c 196 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 6:37:36 PM

The point is what you have now is so old you can't reuse the parts in a new build. You really have no choice but to upgrade everything if you upgrade anything.
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February 28, 2012 6:40:38 PM

well i dont really have enough money to buy a computer that is much better than my current computer and from what i know upgrading the motherboard will allow me to use the old parts with some new ones
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a c 196 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 6:58:51 PM

That would be true if you had newer parts to start with. All the standards have changed so many times since what you had was new you will NOT be able to reuse parts.

1) Hard drive. You likely have an IDE hard drive. New motherboards do not even have an IDE connection. Check and see. Do you have a long ribbon cable connecting the drive to the motherboard or a thin cable.

2) Graphics. You probably have AGP graphics. AGP was replaced with PCI-Express. The card will not physically fit just like the hard drive.

3) Windows. Do you own a retail copy of Windows? If all you have is what came with your HP you will legally and factually have to buy a new copy. You can not just move a hard drive with Windows on it from one computer to another and expect it to work.

4) Power supply. Do you have a standard ATX power supply that can power a modern motherboard and graphics?

5) RAM. You have DDR2. You will need DDR3 for any new motherboard.

6) DVD/CD ROM. Same as with the hard drive. New ones are SATA and you likely have IDE.

7) Case. Is that a standard ATX case or an HP proprietary design? If it's standard you can probably reuse it.


Assuming you have SATA DVD and hard drives and can reuse your case and power supply you will need at minimum :

1) CPU $70 and up.
2) Motherboard $70 and up.
3) RAM $30-$50
4) Windows $100

And that is with onboard graphics.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 7:02:24 PM

DeathMasterRed said:
i want to buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i just want it to upgrade my current computer but i don't think it's compatible with my computer, so i want to know if i need a new motherboard and what motherboard i could get to use this.

my computer stats are:
CPU: Intel Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
RAM: DDR2 SDRAM 3GB (1 x 1GB & 1 X 2GB)
Motherboard: Intel Corporation
Graphics: GeForce 6600
and my computer is a Gateway GM5066e
thank you for any help

Hi there,

To people like u, that are in the situation when u can upgrade the old system, or to build a new system.

I recommend, if the financial situation permits, to spend $380 and get the new mobo+CPU+RAM and make your PC be 2-3 x faster than the old one.

Old PC will have more problems and it will cost money to fix it, but it will remain the old and slow PC,

It should be maybe donated : )
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a c 196 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 7:04:13 PM

I looked up the specs for your computer and you do have a SATA hard drive at least.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 7:14:11 PM

DeathMasterRed said:
i want to buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i just want it to upgrade my current computer but i don't think it's compatible with my computer, so i want to know if i need a new motherboard and what motherboard i could get to use this.

my computer stats are:
CPU: Intel Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
RAM: DDR2 SDRAM 3GB (1 x 1GB & 1 X 2GB)
Motherboard: Intel Corporation

and my computer is a Gateway GM5066e
thank you for any help

And u could reuse the

Graphics: GeForce 6600

HDD and get Windows7 for $99.99


So get Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit ~ $99.99 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=32-116-...

As a student, u can get even better deal. Are u a student?
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February 28, 2012 7:19:15 PM

i think all i need is a new motherboard and cpu.
anort3 you said i could get a similar or better cpu then the one i showed you for about the same price. could you post a link of a cpu like that?
also i plan on using this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it was one that h3sham suggested.
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February 28, 2012 7:21:03 PM

i also know i need new ram and window (is windows stored in the cpu, I've heard that but i think it's easier to believe it is in the hard drive)
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 7:22:43 PM

DeathMasterRed said:
i also know i need new ram and window (is windows stored in the cpu, I've heard that but i think it's easier to believe it is in the hard drive)

Windows is installed on the hard drive.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 7:31:00 PM

If u replace the motherboard, u will need new windows.

Unless u have a copy of the retail version. If u have OEM, the one that came with PC, u need to buy new one!

$99.99 I mentioned above.

Or to get a copy of the free Linux.
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February 28, 2012 7:39:51 PM

i will buy a new windows but i wont be able to buy all of this at once.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 7:41:19 PM

DeathMasterRed said:
i will buy a new windows but i wont be able to buy all of this at once.

Cool, ....
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February 28, 2012 7:50:23 PM

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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 28, 2012 8:19:21 PM

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