New Motherboard Compatibility

  karl_a 16:33 04 Dec 05
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Hello everyone,

I am thinking of upgrading my motherboard and processor from a PCChips M863G motherboard and an AMD processor (Unknown type. Runs very slow) to a MSI 661FM-L socket 478 and to an Intel Pentium 4 3GHz FSB800 1Mb cache (Prescott). I shall be using these components on Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2. Please could someone tell me if these components are compatible with each other? Also, what wattage PSU do I need for the motherboard. (I know I currently own an ATX PSU) Oh, and one more thing, please may I have a simple definition of the term 'Prescott'?

Thanks in advance,
Karl.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:45 04 Dec 05

MSI --- >> Mainboard
"? Supports IntelĀ® P4 Socket 478 Celeron/Northwood processors up to 3.2GHz.
? Supports IntelĀ® P4 Socket 478 Prescott/P4 Extreme Edition processors up to 3.0GHz(Prescott) / 3.4GHz(P4 EE)."
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Get at least a 350W PSU - a branded one is likely best as cheaper ones aren't always reliable / stable.

Prescott: Information From Answers.com
"Prescott

The code name for the first Pentium 4 chip to use the 90 nanometer (0.09 micron) process technology. Introduced in early 2004 with clock speeds from 2.8 to 3.4GHz, model designations for the Prescott use an "E;" for example, Pentium 4 3.4E GHz."
click here;jsessionid=4fjnaef0pksrj?method=4&dsid=1512&dekey=Prescott&gwp=8&curtab=1512_1&sbid=lc01a&linktext=Prescott

  Diodorus Siculus 17:46 04 Dec 05

click here second link

  karl_a 20:44 04 Dec 05

Thanks for the help! I have read the two sites you linked to and it has helped. I have just found out that my PSU is 400W. Will this motherboard be OK with that rating? I saw that in the manual that I downloaded, MSI recommend one 300W or higher...

Thanks again,
Karl

  Diodorus Siculus 21:39 04 Dec 05

Your PSU should be ok - certainly strong enough. It will depend on the connectors on it though - that is more important.

  Stuartli 21:47 04 Dec 05

As you have XP, once you have upgraded your components, set the Bios to Boot From CD and then do a Repair (NOT Recovery Console) XP installation.

XP doesn't always like a new mobo and a Repair overcomes it.

Details on how to Repair XP, to save typing, can be found at:

click here

There are also a number of threads on the subject.

  Stuartli 21:48 04 Dec 05

All your hard disk's contents will be retained with a Repair - you might also have to reinstall SP2.

  karl_a 22:20 04 Dec 05

I shall not worry about the non-compatibility problems...they shall be fixed. I am planning to do a FULL format of my 2 HDDs (filled with clutter) and re-install Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2. I have all of the necessary resources, and shall back up all that's necessary...

Thanks people,
Karl

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