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Can you use a manufacture motherboard for a custom build

So, I plan on extremely upgrading my HP Pc, and i was planning on upgrading my Gpu mainly, but i needed a better power supply due to many manufactures mostly use 300W, and the main question here really is there any differences between a pre-built computers motherboard and one intended for pc building, like maybe mine is missing some things like fan slots on the board, that many you buy have.So far I ordered a case and a Psu, haven't arrived yet, however worst case ill just keep them till i get a new motherboard. Thanks in Advance. :)
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    Yes, but if you have an hp windows installation, it won't run on any non hp board, due to a small bios file that id's the board as genuine hp. You'll need a new windows coa if you don't already have it. I recommend antec, corsair, or ocz for the power supply. The size depends on your video card
  2. o1die said:
    Yes, but if you have an hp windows installation, it won't run on any non hp board, due to a small bios file that id's the board as genuine hp. You'll need a new windows coa if you don't already have it. I recommend antec, corsair, or ocz for the power supply. The size depends on your video card


    So currently if I do not change the board it will be fine right, also any idea on how to figure out if i have an hp windows installation?

    I plan to get a 6870 then crossfire eventually, I ordered a Cooler Master 700W
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  4. If the hp board is micro atx, it will fit in your new case; if you use the same hardrive and motherboard, then your system files will continue to work fine.
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