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August 28, 2012 8:19:03 PM

Hello I have and old HP Pavilion a820n that I was considering upgrading it as a 2nd PC.
Presently it has a motherboard with socket 775 and a Pentium4 (3.2 GHZ) and 4GB RAM

I am thinking about changing the motherboard (around $65) and CPU (something like a i3-2100 that cost around $110).

1) As I am not a techie I was wondering whether this is a complicated thing to do.
2) Could I keep the memory cards I have?
3) Would I need to change video cards?

Thanks

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August 28, 2012 8:49:04 PM

1: not hard. bunch of screws and connectors. Your problem is that
a: the HP case may be proprietary and another non-hp board may not fit
b: the operating system is tied to the HP motherbd and will not transfer to a non-hp motherbd.
2: nope
3: if you have a pcie GPU then no. If you have an AGP gpu then yes you will need a new one
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August 29, 2012 12:16:00 PM

popatim said:
1: not hard. bunch of screws and connectors. Your problem is that
a: the HP case may be proprietary and another non-hp board may not fit
b: the operating system is tied to the HP motherbd and will not transfer to a non-hp motherbd.
2: nope
3: if you have a pcie GPU then no. If you have an AGP gpu then yes you will need a new one



Thanks for your comments. I will likely leave it the way it is.
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August 29, 2012 1:41:41 PM

If you have an OEM version of windows 7 you don't have to buy another copy as long as it hasn't been turned on in I think 1 week.
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August 29, 2012 11:39:37 PM

^^^^ totally wrong adam.
HP, Dell, Toshiba... all tie their oem versions of windows to the bios. they will only reinstall on the same motherbd or a couple of others (from the same maker) at most.
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August 30, 2012 3:42:35 PM

But I bought a copy of windows oem from amazon and changed my motherboard (asus to asrock) and cpu. All I had to do was set it up normally.
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