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How to choose replacement motherboard to match CPU?

Posted on 2004-04-26
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I have a Gateway 700XL shipped in Aug 2002, with Intel Pentium 4 Processor (2.53 GHZ) and motherboard, identified by Gway as "Intel Lexington II" series, part no. 2516017, which could be Gway's number or one that carried over from Intel.

Here is the question: If I would like to upgrade this motherboard, keeping the same case and CPU, what are my options?  Goal is to get to something that would have an on-board RAID capability, support old IDE and newer SATA drives, USB 2.0, Firewire, etc.  How can I determine what will work and what won't?

thanks in advance,
Waring Abbott
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You really just have to find a motherboard with the specs you want, that supports the processor (Intel 2.53ghz, prob 400fsb).

A basic ATX motherboard and case with an 800/533/400mhz FSB, SATA and IDE, Firewire - sounds like around an Intel 865 chipset.  
Asus has the P4C800 series, very solid, provide onboard RAID for SATA along with IDE drives.  
Less expensive is MSI's 865PE Neo2 LS, a great motherboard in my experience, but no firewire if I remember correctly.

You want a socket 478, intel chipset.  You'll probably want to upgrade your memory to go along with your new board.  

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i would defenitly go for MSI 875P neo-fis2r that include all the above and more

see here:
http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=875p_Neo-FIS2R&class=mb

the best on the market now! (from my point of view
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sorry, the 2.53 is 533fsb, not 400, just realized I typed that.
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I would go for an Intel 875 chipset motherboard, since it doesn't cost much more than an 865 and has the latest support.
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All have good suggestions above I will contribute with some links so you can start looking for what you want.

http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/mbindex.htm

http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd_index.php

http://www.intel.com/products/browse/motherbd.htm
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Make sure the power supply work with the new board.  A lot of the brand name PC makers skimp out on the power supply to save money. Your power supply may not have enough voltage to work with the new motherboard.  Check that and budget accordingly.
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Some PC makers also like to make their mobos proprietary.  Bust out an old ruler and just check to make sure there aren't any obstructions in the way of a normal ATX mobo, (about 12" x 9.5").  In terms of a new mobo, I would reccomend going for the MSI mobo suggested above, or the Abit IC7 series mobos or the Abit IS7 (i have this one...i love it).  The 875 chipset is not a necessity as you do not have the highest of the P4 processors.  The 865PE chipset on the Abit boards works incredibly well with that speed of processor.  Also, the abit boards have a VERY nice overclocking feature.  Good luck.

-Brian
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Look at the MB formfactor.   My nephews gateway used a micro ATX mb.  A full sized MB would not fit.  Gateway also omitted
his AGP slot.    He thought since it was a pentium it would be fast in games.   hehe the intel built in graphics is soooo slow.  I took a look inside his case and thought, nice no AGP slot.  So its PCI graphics or new MB.  Nice Gateway!

Also look at the Power supplies rated output.  If you plan on adding bigger cpu, graphics card you will probably need a new PS.

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