Need the model number of the quad core; check craigslist for used boards if you want to use your old ddr2; mine had an asus sli for $35 today. You will have difficulty finding them new except maybe on ebay.
Well....if those are indeed compatible with my current CPU....then that is the way I will go. It will still put me under what I expected to pay. Of course my GPU is gimp...but can upgrade that in a pay or two anyways.
I use the agility 3 ssd; had no issues with it. I highly recommend it for a boot device. You may clone your old drive if the files are small enough, or do a fresh install of windows basic files. The trick is to use only one drive at a time while installing windows. When you're finished, boot up with the ssd, and install your old drive while windows is running. Windows will set up the old drive as a secondary device and if you're running the same version of windows on both drives, you should have no problems accessing your files.
So I got the parts you mentioned in this thread.. But...I've discovered the power hookup on the new MB is a 24 pin connector, and my current PS is 20 pin. Is their an adapter you can get? Or do I need to just get a 24 pin PS?
Secondly....the CPU fan was stupid hard to get on this MB....I F'ed up and bent a few pins on the CPU...on the outside. After my turrets fit...I managed to delicately bend them back and it fit fine in the MB where it is suppose to go and locked down. Will it be ok or no and now I'll need to get a new CPU??
You may use a 20 pin connector on a 24 pin board; leave the 4 pins on the end open; it only fits one way with the clip side lined up with the notch on the board. You may use the ssd with your hardrive; just install the ssd separate or clone it and install the leftover drive while windows is running. Do not have both drives connected while you do a fresh windows install. It's not necessary and may cause the ssd to not be found. Just try the cpu with the bent pins; it either works or doesn't.
Sorry to keep bugging you with questions, but almost there!
My PC is running...so the CPU is working, thank God....but my on screen graphics look like they do prior to installing drivers. I couldn't use the disk that came with the MB because my current CD ROM drive doesn't have the proper connections to use it...so I grabbed the drivers online and installed, as well as the latest (Or so I think) GPU drivers. Still looks like crap.
Was wondering if it could have something to do with the drivers for the OS being 64 bit, and my GPU being 32 bit? Not sure what the deal is. Still working on it, but any suggestions would be appreciated. You've been a big help thus far.