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Need help selecting a compatible replacement mobo

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dakobik, Jul 13, 2011.

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  1. dakobik

    dakobik Thread Starter

    Jul 13, 2011
    I'm on a tight schedule trying to fix my dad's computer before I head to Texas on Saturday. Basically I need to know what motherboard I can use to replace his faulty one with.

    The PC is this: HP P6210f

    with this motherboard (failed after ~1.5 years): M2N78-LA

    I would love to be able to just order a motherboard and use all the same components/case/psu... and while I'm able to change out the mobo, I have been "out of the tech game" for a while and am not confident in quickly assessing a suitable alternative. The I/O plate on the case is removable.. someone else asked me about that before.

    Please help!


    Edit: So far, nothing I find on Newegg will work due to the ram being DDR2 800 - everything they have that is AM3 and microATX is DDR3 :{

    Edit #2: Also, I should say the goal is to do this as cheaply and quickly as possible. My dad does nothing on his computer that is intensive, whatsoever.

    Edit #3: Would this work???
    This Mobo:
    Plus this Ram:
    That would run me $125 with next day shipping..
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    I would try looking on eBay for an exact replacement.

    First, when you swap motherboards to a different chipset it rarely ever boots. So you will need to reinstall the copy of Windows - the recovery discs or partition will no longer work either.

    Secondly be aware that once you change the motherboard this will no longer be an HP and as such you are not allowed to use the Windows license that the system shipped with, so you'll be required to buy a new copy of Windows.

    BIOSTAR boards aren't the best.
  3. leroys1000

    leroys1000 Banned

    Aug 15, 2007
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