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What do I need to take into account when upgrading my motherboard?

By Ryan Townsend
Mar 10, 2013
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  1. I have an: DIXONH55ITX Socket 1156 Advent Firefly FP 3104 System Motherboard

    I'm looking to upgrade for 2 main reasons.

    1.) Upgrade my Ram, (as the limit of ram for this motherboard is 4gb.)
    2.) More than 1 PCI-E slot. (There's only one on this motherboard.)

    But my main question is:
    What do I need to take into account when upgrading my Motherboard?
    (Compatibility issues etc.)

    Also any motherboard recommendations (under £200). As I'm planning on upgrading my computer to a gaming rig.

    Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Not quite understanding you. Are you wanting to keep all other parts and just upgrade mobo, ram and gpu?:

    It sounds to me like you are wanting to build an entire new system. If so, give us a budget and what should be included (monitor, windows etc.).
     
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    That's a relatively old mobo. Depending on your CPU, it may be better to just buy a whole new CPU+MOBO combo.

    But, if you wanna keep this original one:
    - Need to make sure CPU is compatible.
    - If you have RAID arrays using the onboard controller, say bye bye.
     
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Isnt 1156 Sandy Bridge? It isnt that old then. He had a pentium before I am guessing
     
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    LGA1155 is Sandy/Ivy. LGA1156 was the other lower-end CPUs when the core i5/i7 first came out.
     
  6. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I may as-well upgrade the Motherboard and CPU with it.. Any suggestions? [The computer itself is only a few years old only about 2-3 years..]
     
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    I5 3570K is a good choice. I've paired it with an Asrock PRO MVP H77 mobo.

    I tried looking for your mobo. It looks proprietary, if it's got 4GB limit. The stuff I found were systems running core i3. So the above would be a nice upgrade.
     
  8. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thank you mate!
     

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