Which motherboard can improve my PC

  redeyenewby 19 Sep 12
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I have a HP Compaq Presario SR1619UK GB with an Amethyst-M 1.0 Motherboard. I believe my memory is DDR2. I have a 500W PSU and 2.0GHz AMD CPU. I would like to upgrade my speed and graphics but I do not want to spend a fortune on memory (Ihace 2,5GB memory installed) Any suggestions pleases? Thank you. redeyenewby

  chub_tor 19 Sep 12

The spec for your motherboard can be found by Googling Motherboard Specifications, MS-7184 (AmethystM) and shows that it is a micro ATX that uses DDR memory and a socket 939 processor. As standard it does not come with a separate graphics card although it has a 16x PCIe slot. I tried to give the link but the PCA spam filter kicked in and won't let me post it but you will find it on the HP website.

The board will support AMD Athlon 64 X2 (up to 4800+) and Sempron (up to 3200+) processors so you could upgrade your processor speed and you could upgrade your graphics by using a separate PCIe card.

That said (and considering you have DDR memory not DDR2 or 3) you will probably find it cheaper to get a motherboard bundled with a more modern processor, better onboard graphics and DDR3 memory). Take a look at motherboard bundles from Novatech but make sure before you buy that the motherboard is micro ATX and will fit your case.

What OS version are you using because that will make a difference if you retain your existing hard drive and want to swap everything over?

  redeyenewby 20 Sep 12

Thank you chub_tor, I'm crrently using XP SP3, but this weekend a freind is going to install Win 7 (which I bought recently on my master HDD and XP SP3 on my slave HDD. Sound O.K. to you? thanks a lot. I will have a look ay Novotech amd see what they've got.

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