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Upgrading mobo...?

By Geministar
Jul 13, 2010
  1. Hi,

    I've recently had some issues with my hp pavilion a1020n and am thinking of a mobo upgrade. I've read that I'm unable to upgrade the video card unless I completely change the mobo. I eventually would like to change my processor as well, but am not sure as to which mobo would fit the hp tower. here are the specs copied from hp:

    Hardware
    Base processor
    Pentium4 519 (P) 3.06 GHz:
    533 MHz Front side bus
    Socket LGA775

    Chipset
    Intel 915GV
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer: Asus
    Motherboard Name: PTGD-LA
    HP motherboard name: Goldfish3-GL8E

    Motherboard description

    * Motherboard manufacturer's name: ASUS PTGD-LA
    * HP/Compaq name: Goldfish3-GL8E

    CPU/Processor

    * Socket: LGA775
    * Supports processor up to 3.4 GHz
    * Supports Intel Pentium 4 HT processors

    Front-side bus (FSB)

    * 800 MHz

    Chipset

    * Northbridge: Intel 915GV Graphics Memory and Controller Hub (MCH)
    * Southbridge: Intel ICH6

    BIOS features

    * 4Mb FWH EEPROM
    * HP BIOS with enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, and PnP Features Plus

    Form factor

    * Micro-ATX form factor, 9.6 in x 9.6 in

    Memory

    * Dual-channel memory architecture
    * 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbuffered non-ECC 4 GB 533/400 MHZ DDR2 memory modules
    * Maximum HP/Compaq approved memory is 4 GB*



    NOTE: *Actual available memory may be less
    Expansion slots

    * Three PCI
    * No AGP slot

    Video graphics

    * Integrated

    Serial ATA

    * 4 SATA connectors
    * Each connector supports 1 serial Ultra DMA 150 disk drive
    * Hot Swap function

    Onboard audio Realtek ALC880 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    Onboard LAN

    * Realtek RTL8101L LAN PHY (Physical Layer Protocol)
    * 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet controller


    any help would be great! thanks so much!
     
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    What problems are you having with your PC. I personally think that it's a waste of money if you're investing in upgrading such an old system.

    If you eventually plan on adding a new GPU and processor then it's best to hold on till you can build a new PC from scratch.

    Intel 915 / 945 / 965 chipsets should support the P4 in case you're bent on buying a new mobo.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    I agree with Ritwick7, not worth the effort... You can get a better used computer for less than the cost of replacing that board.

    Be aware that if you replace the system board, your HP Windows will not work. You will need to buy a new Windows disk as well.
     
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