Motherboard Recommendation to re-board Compaq Presario 5000 w/ Micro-ATX (8.5x9") board & 145 watt P/S
Posted on 2003-03-25
I need to do an inexpensive upgrade on my daughter's Compaq Presario 5000 (5BW130) Mini-Tower. The existing system has a 145 watt power supply. The existing motherboard is 9" along the spine which runs against the back of the pc (call this the "Y" axis) and 8.5" from the back to the front (call this the "X" axis). The case might be able to accomodate a board which is longer than the 8.5" along the X Axis, but I'd rather not chance it.
I want to replace the board with the best I can find which will not require replacing the power supply or case. I'd also prefer to re-use the existing PC 100 SDRAM (128 + 256 = 320 mb). I'm open to AMD cpus, although I always buy Intel around the office. My daughter's needs are word processing, web surfing, email, burning MP3s. We're not editing Spielburg's next movie or playing any games here. A 1 ghz would be plenty. I'll install Win 2000 or XP on it.
Lastly, she's away at school and is not technical. When something has to be fixed, I do it remotely with Timbuktu, so DEPENDABILITY is worth more to me than performance.