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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing my motherboard... What else?

So i'm replacing the motherboard on my old desktop and was wondering what else will need to be done to get the thing up and running. Like will I be able to just install the mobo and plug my old video card/sound card in and just install the chipset drivers? Never replaced a motherboard before and I'd like to see what i'm getting myself into before I go buying the thing. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 02:44 PM
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If your new motherboard has the correct ports and CPU slot, you should be able to bolt everything up and be good to go. I've never personally done it, but I've been told that Windows HATES major hardware changes, a video card and HD are not what I consider major hardware changes. You may have to reinstall windows, so make sure you back everything up before you swap.
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I would back up all important files and format your hard drive and start from scratch. How old is your current computer? As long as you make sure that it matches your cpu, memory, and all of your hardware you should be just fine.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 06:58 AM
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Also check what kinds of memory the new motherboard supports because your old ram might not fit the new motherboards slots. You said you had a soundcard and a video card so make sure they support the slots for those too like PCI Express, PCI, AGP etc…
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