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Savagerobot

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#1 10 years ago

hello, thinking of getting this computer:

HP Pavilion Elite m9402f Desktop PC -  Product Specifications 

and putting it into a new case with a new psu and video card.

just wondering if the mobo (M2N68-LA asus, hp mobo name Narra3-GL8E) will fit into other cases? how would you know what kinda cases it'd fit into ?:confused:

thanks




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#2 10 years ago

The motherboard should fit in any ATX case but if you have not parted with any cash then shop around. The power is only 300 w (meaning if you add a graphics card you will need a new psu as well) The graphics are onboard so for any sort of gaming your going to need a new graphics card and power supply. There is no price for this product and I am guessing it must be cheap otherwise you wouldn't be considering it.




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#3 10 years ago

If your already planning on doing all that, why even buy the prebuilt in the first place? Just build it yourself. You will get a better system that way.




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#4 10 years ago

prebuilt is good when u dont know how to build one, comes with all the drivers and an os n stuff but not whatd youd like, id build one but not sure of what youd need and not like i could put it together but i will b buyin a comp end of march and buying prebuilt seems the way to go for me.




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#5 10 years ago

yeah, but the thing is that if you put a new motherboard there goes your OS copy. Microsoft is awesome since they link your motherboard to your CD key.




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#6 10 years ago

hadnt planed on new mobo, jsut putting store bought one into new case, that would cause problems with os copy ?




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#7 10 years ago

Although the versions of Windows that ship with prebuilt computers are usually crap. The majority of processors in these things have been 64-bit for years, but they continue to only provide 32-bit versions of Windows, even on systems with 4GB of RAM. I never understood that; it doesn't cost the manufacturer any more.

That said, even if you do lose your Windows license because of that, it's not that hard to find OEM "system builder" copies of Windows for pretty cheap. They're intended for people who build computers to sell, but you can always use it for yourself. On Newegg, "system builder" versions of Windows are usually between $50 and $100 US less than their full-priced retail counterparts.




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#8 10 years ago
prebuilt is good when u dont know how to build one, comes with all the drivers and an os n stuff but not whatd youd like, id build one but not sure of what youd need and not like i could put it together but i will b buyin a comp end of march and buying prebuilt seems the way to go for me.

A lot of specialist PC stores actually build computers for you for a small fee if you provide them the parts, and for another small fee they'd install the OS and do a bit of tweaking to make it slightly faster. It's actually quite competitive if you buy something from them (since they usually offer discounts if you buy something of theirs first, and sometimes the parts you get from them are pretty cheap anyway).




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#9 10 years ago

^Agreed. Micro Center does this, and they have the most reasonably priced computer parts I've ever seen in an actual store. A lot of times they're actually cheaper than Newegg or TigerDirect because there's no shipping cost.




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#10 10 years ago

Zamamee;4792856Although the versions of Windows that ship with prebuilt computers are usually crap. The majority of processors in these things have been 64-bit for years, but they continue to only provide 32-bit versions of Windows, even on systems with 4GB of RAM. I never understood that; it doesn't cost the manufacturer any more.

That said, even if you do lose your Windows license because of that, it's not that hard to find OEM "system builder" copies of Windows for pretty cheap. They're intended for people who build computers to sell, but you can always use it for yourself. On Newegg, "system builder" versions of Windows are usually between $50 and $100 US less than their full-priced retail counterparts.

It's a sad fact that you do lose your windows license because of that. It's only OEM installs, but it still sucks. Basically, if you get a mobo that dies within a week of your new PC, you lose your Windows license. Isn't MS fantastic?