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When looking for compatiblity, which hardware specs need to match?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kashmir09, Aug 3, 2006.

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  1. kashmir09

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    For the mobo and RAM stick, I just make sure they are of the same type (DDR2, etc.); and with the mobo and processor, I just make sure they are of the same socket type. Is this basically I need to check for in compatibility, or are there other issues too? Thanks!
     
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    Please...
     
  3. griffinspc

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    No, it's a little more complicated than that. For the processor and mobo it's not only the socket, same with the RAM but I'm not sure how to explain it in a couple minutes. I have to leave. Someone will come along I'm sure and get into it for you.
     
  4. Moby

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    In no particular order.
    The motherboard needs to fit the case.
    The processor must then be supported by the motherboard. Just matching socket types isn't everything. Later single core and dual core pentiums can both use a LGA775 socket for instance but not all 775 boards support dual core processing.
    Your power supply must have the connectors for what you want. 20/24pin main connector? Need and extra power supply for processor? Separate power supply for graphics cards? Enough power overall for what you want? Sata hard drives or IDE? - different power connectors. Does the motherboard support sata drives anyway? Nearly all new ones do. Are you going new or older?
    What type of graphics card, AGP, PCIEX? Motherboard needs the slot for the one you want or you need to buy one that fits what it's got. If you're not having one you'll need onboard graphics built into the motheboard.
    Are you starting from scratch or using bits you already have? If you have bits you want to use, does the motherboard have enough connectors? PCI, IDE, PCIEX, Sata?
    If you're going bigger and faster in an existing case is your cooling up to the job?
    Want ports on the front of your case? Motherboard will need the headers.
    Having a side window on your case? Avoid motherboards with pink connector slots. ;)
     
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