Is there anyway to know if computer components will work together? 

by on December 20, 2010

Q: I want to upgrade my PC and I want to make sure everything will work fine if I put these components together

xfx ati radeon 5850

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz

ASRock K10N78D Motherboard AMD Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3

and this power supply


How come the PCI USB card I bought will not fit in my motherboard? 

by on September 20, 2010

Q: I am looking to buy an extra USB card for my computer in addition to the one already inside it. My PC has a ‘MS-7309 motherboard’ and I bought a Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 5-Port PCI card’ for it. But it didn’t fit the slots as they were too small. I looked on a diagram* which confirms that they are PCI slots… But it didn’t seem to fit! How can I tell what usb card will be compatible?

Also if I wanted to buy a new fan and computer housing, what should Iook for to ensure that everything fits?




Can I use a p4 connector power supply with my p8 connector motherboard? 

by on July 18, 2010

Q: I just got a new motherboard and it uses a p8 CPU connector, but my psu only has a p4 connector. But my CPU is only a AMD Sempron 140 at 45w. Could I only use the p4 connector, if so should I put it on the top 4 or bottom 4. Also, I saw molex to p4 connector, could I use that.


Will replacing my motherboard fix my sound and Internet problems? 

by on July 15, 2010

Q: Will replacing the motherboard on my Dell Dimension 8400 running Windows XP – SP3 resolve the following problems which occurred after what I believe to be a surge protector failure. I did replace the surge protector.

After the monitor went blank, I replaced the graphics card and restored the monitor, however, I had no sound. I replaced the sound card but that did not restore the sound. I tested the speakers and they are working.

I am no longer able to send and receive faxes.

My computer still runs the computer applications and accesses the internet


How do I know which wires go to which pin on my motherboard? 

by on June 23, 2010

Q: Need help wiring a motherboard?
The wires I have are labeled as follows…
2 – GND
1 – L OUT
1 – R OUT
1 – L IN
1 – R IN
1 – MIC IN

The pins on the board are labeled as follows…

Port1L (Microphone)
Port1R (Microphone)
Port2R (Headphone)
Port2L (Headphone)
Key (No Pin)

What wires go on what pin?


How do I know what motherboard to buy for my computer? 

by on June 15, 2010

Q: How do I know what motherboard to buy for my computer? I find these but do not know which one to buy.


How much does a motherboard cost? 

by on June 12, 2010

Q: My husband knows how to build his own computer. He said he “fried his motherboard”. I want to buy him one so he can install it himself, about how much will it cost?


What motherboard should we buy for gaming? 

by on May 8, 2010

Q: My son and I are building our own gaming computer. We have a Fractal Design R2 case with a 650 watt PSU. We need some advice on the best motherboard to get for our gaming purposes. We have around £150 to spend. We intend to use an Nvidia graphics card so any board should be compatible.


What is the best motherboard for i7 920 or 930? 

by on April 2, 2010

Q: What is the best motherboard for i7 920 or 930? I want it to have a lot of slots to add more cards. I would also like to have 12GB of memory.


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?