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Old 08-17-2006, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Dell laptop power adapter broke off and apparnetly i need a new mother board which is 5-600$. its a p4 3.2 HT 512 Ram Inspiron.

I was told I can use the 3.2 HT P4 processor in a desktop PC. Can you guys help me determine what would be needed to incorporate this processor into a quality yet cheap desktop PC. I dont do high end gaming or anything like that.

Wish list

1) Cheap
2) P4 HT 3.2 compatible motherboard
3) preferably upgradable to better processor in the future
4) preferably supports ddr 2 ram
5) A screwless case

Im not sure what a good motherboard would be.

A couple potential coponents ive considered incorporating are below.

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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...mYhZiH53SkpFvQ

HD

http://www.pcmicrostore.com/PartDeta...8&SSAID=144556

Any help much appreciated!
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Old 08-17-2006, 12:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how old is your dell?

If its still in warranty you should ship it back to them to get it fixed.
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Old 08-17-2006, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Unfortunatly its over 1 year..allmost 2 I think. I only had the one year warrenty.

I was originally thinking of trying to buy a laptop that didnt have any rm or a processor and I could use my P4 and 512 M of ram in that. Didnt have much luck finding such a scenario.

Do you think its a good idea to use my P4 3.2 in a desktop....or perhaps some ideas on where to find a new cheap mother board for my dell.
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Would any of these motherboards be ok? Remember I want upgradabilty and ability to use my P4 processor.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...c.asp?CatId=13
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No but any of these will do: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...sp?CatId=1533&
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Old 08-17-2006, 01:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks Will!

Is this one a total pos? Or would it suffice...I would not allow for DDR 2 ram correct?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...598&CatId=1533

Would one of these make a significant difference?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...790&CatId=1533

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...790&CatId=1533


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Here are some RAM possibilities...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144027

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141307

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145566
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Potential Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811208009
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145566

I recommend this one.
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Old 08-17-2006, 03:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Possible video cards

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7&sku=D10-2090

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...9&Sku=B52-7844


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=TC3H-1064
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