Do I need to know anything else other than the processor I am going to use when I get a replacement motherboard?

by on March 28, 2010

Q: My motherboard has bit the dust and I am told I have to buy a new one. If I have to buy a new one I might as well upgrade if possible. Right now my computer has an MSI 945P NEO3 and I believe the processor is an Intel core 2 Duo E6300. Do I need to know anything else before getting another motherboard or is it just the processor that matters?

Also is the MSI 945P Neo3 a good processor or can I get better to run my processor?


One Response to “Do I need to know anything else other than the processor I am going to use when I get a replacement motherboard?”
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    Moving to a different motherboard isn’t going to give you any kind of noticeable performance difference.

    If you want to just replace the motherboard, I’d suggest trying to go another MSI 945P NEO3. If that isn’t an option and you want to keep your CPU and RAM, you’ll just need to know your CPU, make sure the mobo takes DDR2 memory (it should if it supports your CPU) and make sure it has enough PCI and PCI-Express slots for anything you’ve added to the motherboard.

    You’ll probably need to do a windows reinstall if you replace your motherboard, though you might be able to avoid this if you got an exact same motherboard.

    Your last option if you’re up for an upgrade would be to replace your CPU, RAM(newer boards use DDR3 memory now) and motherboard and move an overall faster setup.