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05-08-2012 10:24 AM - edited 05-08-2012 10:26 AM
So I've been wanted to upgrade my cpu, but in order to do that I have to upgrade my motherboard first. However, I've been told that the motherboard has to be specific in order to get the keep the OS; since the unit comes progammed to work with the motherboard that came preinstalled with my Hp desktop. Unless I'm replacing a damaged mobo, but then I would have to get the same model (I think). Is there a "list" of mobos that would qualify as a proper replacements or upgrades to my Hp desktop in which the OS is stil usable? I am so confused. If that's the case I'll probably just donate my unit and buy or build a new one, but I was trying to save some money. This was my first pc so I'm happy for the years it serve me, but I might stay away from prebuild desktops in the future. Any suggestions? Please be honest, I'm asking a fair question.
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05-08-2012 10:32 AM
Actually to legally keep the OS you would have to replace it with an identical motherboard.
The operating system is licensed to the system you purchased. That is why there is an OEM Microsoft Windows sticker on the PC.
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05-08-2012 10:43 AM - edited 05-08-2012 10:43 AM
Based on your other posts, I would ask why you think that you need a processor upgrade. If there is anything that is holding back your PC's performance, it would be the video processor in your PC. You should be considering a video card (not the NVIDIA 9400) and a power supply upgrade.
05-08-2012 10:52 AM - edited 05-08-2012 11:17 AM
Basically I'm trying to get away with slighty upgrading to improve gaming performace. I will pass this unit to my little brother, but he wants to be able to play games like WoW or GW2. I was actually able to play World of Warcraft on low settings (could not hadle 25-man raids though) with the 9500, but then it started to make loud noises, so I took it out. What would you recommend for video and psu upgrades. The 9400 is done. Would a gtx 9500 do the trick, because I have a friend what would donate one. I'm just not sure if the video or the new psu would fit in my little case though, we tried fitting a 430W corsair and it was too big. Would love to here some suggestions though.
05-08-2012 11:11 AM
First, as Eric has indicated, the change of a motherboard for an OEM Windows license is viewed as a PC change by Microsoft. If you can't get an exact mobo replacement for a failed mobo then Microsoft has at times made allowances for those situations. Contact Microsoft and get the straight scoop.
As for a video card, read this posted document for background information. What to do consider to be your worst performing video applications?
05-08-2012 11:22 AM - edited 05-08-2012 11:24 AM
Hmmm...I suppose since he wants to play GW2: system requirements:
Anything that can play this game and fit in the case.
05-08-2012 11:53 AM
The reviews on Guild Wars 2 are mixed. Some say it doesn't matter what game settings are being used and then is some indication the the network connection speed could be an issue. This game is so new that the jury is still out.
Perhaps you shouldn't base the need for a graphics card on just one game but on 3-4 different games. The amount of $$ that you want to spend will definitely influence your decision for a solution.
07-07-2012 12:06 PM - edited 07-07-2012 12:52 PM
Hi, I have a HP Pavilion tx2500 Notebook PC with AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 processor and a updated 6.0 RAM. I read on the manual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03182899.pdf (on page 70) about all the types of processors that I can use.
Since then, the ZM - 87 and ZM - 88 came out. So can I upgrade to 87 or 88?
Also, am I limited to only AMD Turion processors? Can I upgrade to the new AMD Phenom™ II Processors ?
Can I also change from duel-core to quad? or even X6?
Lastly can i upgrade from 32-bit and 64-bit Window?
Overall, I just want to upgrade to the highest cpu processor as possible.