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Can I upgrade my motherboard?

By dwizzle
Jan 11, 2011
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  1. Okay, I have a HP Pavilion Slimline s7517c, and it has an Asus PTGV-DM Onyx2-GL8E, and I was wondering, if I could upgrade it with a newer mini itx motherboard.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    Yes, you an probably use most any ITX motherboard, but you might have to buy a CPU and memory for the new board. Also, the front panel wire harness might need to be altered to match the front panel pins on the new motherboard
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,358   +122

    It won't actually make your computer faster though, seems pointless.
  4. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    If i got a new motherboard and a processor and what not, it wouldn't speed it up?
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,358   +122

    Depends on what you do with your computer, but IMO it probably won't help too much, not worth the cost.
  6. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    what the heck does "IMO" mean?
  7. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    In My Opinion - IMO
  8. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    thank you mizzou
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    What are the motherboard specs now?
  10. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

     
  12. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    i was just looking at the one earlier today, but do you think that since i wouldn't be able to screw it in, in the hole by the cable adapter that it would do harm?
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    No, the main concerns would be where the IO panel would fit, and of course, the front panel connections
  14. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    ahh i see. were there any other motherboards you were considering?
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    No other boards, I just wanted to show you an example of what you can consider as an upgrade. This Zotec board would be quite a nice upgrade option, although you could have many other options, if you choose
  16. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    yeah, it seemed really nice and like a good idea. so i could almost get any mini itx board? and i'm having trouble finding out how much power they need and if i need a better power adapter.
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    Yeah the stock ITX power supplies are a bit low in wattage, but I have seen 300 watt supplies that should work nicely
  18. dwizzle

    dwizzle Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    Yes, I think it would be okay :)


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