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March 4, 2013 9:47:04 PM

UPDATE: Got new same model HP motherboard, encountering new issue detailed in another post below

Hey guys,

I had a HP desktop which I changed the Processor, graphics card and Power Supply on. Lasted me about a year and a half....but now the motherboard as gone out on me. I don't want to build a completely new system at the time, I'm just going to order a new motherboard and get the PC I had back up and working. I don't really know too much about the hardware side of computers though and this forum has been great help in the past. Basically I'm looking to spend around $60ish for a new motherboard if possible that will work with the following:

-AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
-Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
-CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W Power Supply
-4GB System Memory
-500GB Harddrive

Could any one point me in the right direction on what kind of motherboard I would need for this and if possible to get one in the price range I'm looking for?

While I'm at it, I wouldn't mind replacing the RAM in this PC either, as games do take quite some time to load...but once loaded they run completely fine on decent settings. So depending on the new motherboard, some new RAM that will work with the new one would be a nice upgrade as well, if it isn't too expensive. Not sure what kind of RAM would be the best bet to get here either.

Thanks a ton in advance guys!

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a c 435 V Motherboard
March 5, 2013 9:42:38 AM

I recommend you use craigslist to find a similar model hp board or new windows coa which you'll need for any non hp board, unless you've already purchased windows 7 separately. Craigslist has windows 7 often for around $70. Here's some board examples from newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use one version of the biostar board; it's small and will definately fit your hp case; the msi board has 4 ram slots, but you may want to measure your old board as you remove it and see what the dimensions are. Here's a youtube video to get you started if you haven't changed out a board before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1SZq2gv45o
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March 13, 2013 6:31:02 PM

o1die said:
I recommend you use craigslist to find a similar model hp board or new windows coa which you'll need for any non hp board, unless you've already purchased windows 7 separately. Craigslist has windows 7 often for around $70. Here's some board examples from newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use one version of the biostar board; it's small and will definately fit your hp case; the msi board has 4 ram slots, but you may want to measure your old board as you remove it and see what the dimensions are. Here's a youtube video to get you started if you haven't changed out a board before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1SZq2gv45o


Hey again,

So Thank you O1die for the helpful response. Based on your answer, I went looking for and found a a replacement of this HP model board. Made the switch tonight.....the computer now powers on, screen is blank for a few, makes a very light clicking type sound for a few, then the screen comes on and goes to the BIOS(it did nothing before btw)....then it goes to a black screen with: "No Bootable Device -- Please insert boot disk and press enter". I did some googling on the issue, I have checked the connections to the harddrive, all the cables seem to be in place, and I went into setup and changed the boot order from CD-First to Harddrive first, but still encountering the problem. Also I do not have a Windows boot disk to insert

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance.
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a c 435 V Motherboard
March 13, 2013 7:46:25 PM

I would try swapping your sata ports on the board in case it's not reading the hardrive as the primary boot device. Press the del key to get back into the bios and see what drives are listed in the first section. Those hp boards are so limited in adjustments that you may have only one difference over your old one that the new board can't accomodate. Are the chipsets of the two hp boards the same, or does the new board have a different chipset?
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March 14, 2013 10:23:33 AM

o1die said:
I would try swapping your sata ports on the board in case it's not reading the hardrive as the primary boot device. Press the del key to get back into the bios and see what drives are listed in the first section. Those hp boards are so limited in adjustments that you may have only one difference over your old one that the new board can't accomodate. Are the chipsets of the two hp boards the same, or does the new board have a different chipset?


Switching the sata ports did it, thank you so much o1die. Thanks to you I now I my computer back up and running for $70 instead of having to buy a new one. Your help is GREATLY appreciated :) 
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