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Old 04-29-2011, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I have a Gateway GM5478 Desktop Computer and the motherboard is fried. I'm looking for an alternative cheap motherboard as a replacement that'll fit with all of my components. I know that motherboards are extremely specific and you can't get just any motherboard so I'm wondering what my choices consist of.

This is my specific motherboard
Gateway Support - 4006194R*Intel (Schroeder Town) G33 Motherboard

And these are it's specifications for interchanging with other components (Though it looks like it's written in Greek to me.)
Gateway Support - Motherboard Specifications

The only difference with the normal GM5478 model and mine is that I upgraded the graphics card to an NVIDIA 8800 GTS 320 mb.

Here's a link to everything you need to know about the model.
Gateway Support - 1009570*Gateway GM5478 Desktop Computer

I apologize in advanced if I left out any critical information you guys need. Thanks for your help and sorry for being such a noob.
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get this one. It most closely matches your current board.

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Gigabyte is a good brand.
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Just a note to let you know... your copy of Vista died when your old motherboard died. You had an OEM version that was ied to the motherboard and is not transferable.
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Forgot about that part, yeah. OEM, from Gateway, is tied to that board. Non-transferable.
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Okay so first of all, thanks very much for the info guys!
Now my question is, can I take my Gateway Windows Vista disc (which is apparently tied to my old mobo) and "upgrade" it to windows 7? If I DL the upgrade to my netbook can I just install the upgraded version onto my desktop running the new mobo? I could just transfer the new OS with my external hard-drive. Would the new upgraded OS ALSO be tied to my old mobo?
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You would need a new fresh install.
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Okay, thanks so much for all of the help guys!
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