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Replacing Motherboard should i change the cpu

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by vallumlj, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. vallumlj

    vallumlj Bit Poster

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    I am currently studying to do my Comp a+ and a friend has given me a old computer to practice on which needs repairing.

    The pc is currently running xp pro, 512mb ram , 3.2 Intel Celeron.

    The pc needs a new psu and motherboard. This has got me thinking should i change the cpu or just put the old one into the new motherboard. I was also going to buy 1gb of ram.

    I will be using this pc to test equipment on and that's about it.

    Any ideas.
     
  2. HangoverSpecialist

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    If you are going to be buying a new Motherboard and PSU, make sure they are compatible with your current RAM and CPU, if not, then you will of course need to purchase a new CPU and RAM.

    What Motherboard are you looking at getting? Will it fit the case?

    HS.
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    What he said ^

    You need to make sure of compatabilty.

    You will also need some thermal paste and some 90% isopropyl alcohol or arti clean 1 & 2 to remove the old thermal paste of the cpu and heatsink before applying new paste.
     
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  4. Asterix

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    Pretty flash ey, i use good old fashioned toilet roll to remove thermal compound!
     
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    I dont take any risks with possible contamination thats why I use arti clean 1 & 2. Number 1 removes the thermal compound 2 prepares the heatspreader for the paste and makes it more conductive (alledgedly).
     
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    I use ripped off bits of teabag boxes, the edges do the job very nicely!
     
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    I use different tools depending on the type and age of the thermal compound, newer builds where the thermal compound is still a bit runny I'll use kitchen roll/bog roll. Had a couple of older machines which I was doing a clean up on recently (heatsink so full of dust its a wonder they hadn't caught fire) and had to use the edge of a flat headed screwdriver to scrape the crusty crap off!
     
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    I'm a big fan of Gigabyte motherboards and either of those 2 should work fine, just check the CPU support list on Gigabytes website to make sure.

    PSUs though, I have never heard of Sumvision and a quick look at the reviews suggests they'll sound like a jet engine. I'd spend a bit more if I was you rather than risk toasting the components with substandard kit, I swear by Corsair for PSUs they are definitely worth the extra cash.

    Take a look at http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500W...Power-Supply-Single-12V-Rail-80plus-Efficient
     
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  10. gosh1976

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    That CPU and a gig of ram should run Windows XP just fine. I agree with Josiahb go ahead and get a decent PSU. Later on in your studies for more advanced certs you may want to upgrade the cpu and add some more memory so you might as well get a good PSU now.
     
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  11. bazzawood30

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    I once used a sumvision generic laptop power supply it was crap lasted weeks. I agree corsair are very good and they do do a budget line about £40 for a 400w psu. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150985

    I also discovered in the early hours of the morning when all the shops are shut that my wifes nail polish remover cleans of thermal paste a treat.
     
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  12. Josiahb

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    .... and I just discovered you need to get out more..... :p

    EDIT: not really suprising though, nail polish remover normally contain a decent quantity of isopropyl alcohol
     
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  13. bazzawood30

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    Your not wrong
     
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    Sumvision are a generic psu maker who use capicitors made in venezuelan brothels by midgets with three legs. :D

    Always use a top quality psu and corsair and seasonic are the best (seasonic make corsair power supplies). The main difference between corsair and seasonic is that usually the seasonic power supplies have multiple 12v rails and are normally modular and the corsairs usually have one big 12v rail and are not modular but there is the odd exception in each make such as the corsair gaming series.
     
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  15. Nyx

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    I've had a sumvision, lasted about 18 months. fortunately only the psu died then.
    unless you want to keep the psu for future builds you don't need to spend much, any branded 300+ watts psu should do just fine.
     
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