Replacemenet Motherboard Configurator

Posted on 2006-05-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
Is there an online motherbord configurator so that If I have a certain component ie.. RAM I can find what motherboard/processor combination would work with my existing RAM and video card?
Question by:psalm10720
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    None that I've ever heard of.  Typically RAM will work with any board that supports that type.  CPUs are more specific than RAM in most cases.  And graphics cards generally require the same type of slot.  

    This is kinda like trying to buy a car based on the type of gas it needs because you have some extra gallons left.  You can do things that way, but it's more difficult than just buying the car and getting the right kind of gas.

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    I found one at

    it has a search engine which allows you to pick what specifics you want to search for in a motherboard.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    So you basically did a spec search on newegg.

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    an advanced spec search
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    Well I was going to suggest Newegg but see you've already found it :-)

    One caveat:   You can use that to be sure you have the correct CPU socket and memory type;  but there can still be some incompatibilites.   For example, DDR memory can be single rank or dual rank; and not all motherboards will work with both.   Unfortunately (for what reason I don't know), this specification is neither made clear on the motherboard specification pages nor is it detailed on the description of memory modules.   Also, not every socket 478 (for example) motherboard will accept all socket 478 CPU's ==> sometimes they simply need a BIOS update; sometimes they simply won't work.

    The Newegg specification page is, however, probably the best way to at least narrow down the candidates for a replacement motherboard for a given CPU, video card, and memory set.   I would simply caveat that once you've done that, you should download the manuals for the motherboards you are considering and read the more detailed specifications before making a purchase.   Since you have access to this forum, you could also post a question about the specific motherboard and the components you plan to re-use and confirm that there are no known incompatibilities.


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