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Upgrading my computer (maybe!)

By beaverdam sam ·
I trying to find out if there is a way to upgrade my computer. I have an Acer Aspire with an LPX motherboard. I've found it impossible to find a new LPX board with anything higher than a PII, 300Mhz capability (which I already have). Is there a way to use a different motherboard in my case? Would an ATX work in this computer (case?) If anyone has the answer (and hopefully the one I'm looking for!) I would really appreciate it.

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Sure but why?

by wpmercer In reply to Upgrading my computer (ma ...

The ATX size motherboard will fit into your box but is the power supply up to snuff? Can your old box meet the cooling needs of your new mobo and CPU? I would still get a new case. There are new cases for a whole lot less than the aggrevation of replacing the power supply (which you will have to) and the wiring and fans in the old one. (the old one has cooling fans?)

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by mrafrohead In reply to Sure but why?

I concur with wpmercer...

New cases are inexpensive. 300 watt power supply with a mid tower for 40 bucks... Not to mention adequate cooling!!! That's VERY important.

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Not sure, but still: why?

by eBob In reply to Sure but why?

I'm not so sure that a full ATX board will fit in this case. Maybe a micro-ATX, but even that might be a stretch.

I do think it's not worth the bother.

As mentioned in the other posts, an acceptable case, with good ventilation and 300W PSU is quite inexpensive. Pickup a good Mobo/CPU/RAM combination and you're away. If you have no life for the old PC, you can likely salvage the FDD, HDD and CD-ROM, as well as the NIC and/or Modem, and any decent expansion cards. You might even salvage thekeyboard, mouse and monitor, until you can afford to replace them.

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