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Trying to Upgrade a Gateway 830GM (mobo + CPU)


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Mrbungle419

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I have an old Gateway 830GM. It has a P4 and I would really like to upgrade it. I was wondering if it was possible to take out the motherboard and put a new one in it, one that would support a Core 2 Duo CPU.

If I were to do this, would I be able to use the same hard drive? Would I have to get a specific mobo to fit the case? Looking inside it certainly looks like I can get the mobo out without much of an issue. Would I need to do anything special to make this work?

Any information on this topic would be a great help. If I were to get a new case could I put a the Motherboard + CPU in but still use the hard drive that is in my Gateway?
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Should be possible to replace the board and processor, though also budget for a bigger (in terms of output) PSU, since branded machines tend to come with cheap "just about enough" juice to run what the system came with originally.

You can reuse the hard drive, any standard MicroATX board should fit.
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Should be possible to replace the board and processor, though also budget for a bigger (in terms of output) PSU, since branded machines tend to come with cheap "just about enough" juice to run what the system came with originally.

You can reuse the hard drive, any standard MicroATX board should fit.

Thanks for the info. I have already replaced the PSU (the original one that came with it already died) which is a 500W 18A. I forgot that I'll also need new memory, I am still using DDR and I assume any mobo I get will be DDR2.
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