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What motherboard do i need?

i want to buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

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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  1. your best solution is to get a new computer as you'll need to change just about everything to use that part
  2. what is a rig and if i get a new rig will i be able to use that processor?
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  4. 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-advice
  5. 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.
  6. can you give me an example of a better processor then?
  7. This motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138345 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=N82E16820145324 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=N82E16813131757. Do some measurements to be sure the board will fit; it requires a separate video card.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. DeathMasterRed said:
    i want to buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

    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 : )
  14. ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
    $104.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
  15. I looked up the specs for your computer and you do have a SATA hard drive at least.
  16. Intel Core i3-2125 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I32125
    $134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115094
  17. GIGABYTE GZ-KF03B Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233067
  18. DeathMasterRed said:
    i want to buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

    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=32-116-986&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    As a student, u can get even better deal. Are u a student?
  19. 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=N82E16813128519
    it was one that h3sham suggested.
  20. 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)
  21. 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.
  22. thought so
  23. 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.
  24. i will buy a new windows but i wont be able to buy all of this at once.
  25. DeathMasterRed said:
    i will buy a new windows but i wont be able to buy all of this at once.

    Cool, ....
  26. Best answer selected by DeathMasterRed.
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