I have a pc that I bought from work. And It lays flat like a vcr. I am trying to find out the mainboard (motherboard or whatever you call it) type/name/version/etc. So I can understand what components I can buy for it and what I can't. The main reason being the fact that I saw a case that I desperetly want to buy. You can see the case here Case
(It's the smaller case I want. The store I go to only has that one. You have to click that url to see it)
The system I have is this:
Hewlett-Packard HP Vectra VL400
Pentium® III GenuineIntel 800 17 Pentium III processor 800 X86
797MHZ, 192MB Ram
Windows Xp Home Edition (service pack 2)
What I want to know is what type of motherboard or mainboard what ever you guys call it do I have. Because a lot of people at computer stores told me over the phone that some computers that lay flat like a vcr can't go in a standing tower case. Anyways I took my computer to a store and one guy said it was probably possible with an atx case. I took it to another store that had that case in the url and he said he could transfer the motherboard to that case. what i want to know is if I can do that myself how can I? and what would I need? I was told I need a new cpu processor or system fan because the one in the vectra is made especiall only for the hp vectra. He said I need a new power supply and a fan for the pentium chip. Iwant to change the cases myself because I know how to plug in hard drives and optical drives. though I've never taken out a motherboard. The motherboard I have is small. Can I change it myself? how? and what type of motherboard do i have, what is the name for it? so i can upgrade this bad boy. so i can make a good pc out of it? How do i find out what type of ram it takes, video cards, etc. anything that i can put on it i want to know. because i want to upgrade this mo fo. please help me as i am not that pc challenged and i believ i can do the case switch myself. the dude at the store wants to charge me 46 bucks for the case and 35 for the transformation of cases. and i dont have money to waste for that. i want to do it myself. i want the best out of this mo fo. and i want to get the highest preformance out of this pc. i don't want to loft around and have a pc that i can upgrade and make the best use of. please tell me what i can also do in every aspect to make this pc use its full capacity of power. (like what i can add to it). i need the name of the motherboard, what i can attach to it for upgrading and what i cannot, and if it is possible for me to do the case transformation myself and how do i? please help/ stranded geek in need. i am on a binge of alcohol and ram chips hard on the rocks. i cannot rest until my baby gets transformed into a beauty. this thing is like a car to me. it is my first pc ever. i wanted one for 8 years. please help.
If you need pics of my pc i will post the link for them using www.yousendit.com later or if you ask for em (cuz i took pics of the inside and back of my pc)
hope you can help and research this for me. thanx....