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Swapping out OEM motherboards for aftermarket ones in OEM PCs/cases is a new scenario. Yes, it usually works, but you usually introduce limits later on, plus you have some limits now. There will likely be a need for a Windows reinstall, and then atop that, a need a new copy of Windows since the OEM one is tied to the OEM motherboard you removed. Also, with that small form factor PSU (unless it is ATX with an ATX connection), you really cut your options.
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Could you simply get him a new motherboard? Then overclock a little and get a newer proccesor as well? Or is that too much money?

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I think he knows that once he starts getting new mobo's he would get sucked in a just build a brand new computer.

The issue here is that he doesn't really need anything serious, he is just a tinkerer.

So what is the best 95w AMD chip if you are unable to OC it?

Edit -Maybe this
Edited by tats - 7/25/11 at 6:44am
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Your HP OS will not work if you put in a new Mobo.OEM OS's are keyed to a particular mobo type- usually to a particular mobo serial #. I just built my dad a new machine-coincidentally replacing almost the same HP POS that your dad has. He however realized that putting band aids on a junker like he had was a waste of time and money. Build him something new or don't bother is my opinion. That way he can keep that old one as a "backup" or pron cruzer too.
    
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Your HP OS will not work if you put in a new Mobo.OEM OS's are keyed to a particular mobo type- usually to a particular mobo serial #. I just built my dad a new machine-coincidentally replacing almost the same HP POS that your dad has. He however realized that putting band aids on a junker like he had was a waste of time and money. Build him something new or don't bother is my opinion. That way he can keep that old one as a "backup" or pron cruzer too.
Trust me that is just what I suggested - but he is the type of person that if he builds a new one it will end up being some waste of a 980x, etc.

So if he wanted to upgraded the processor (which we all know is a waste) where should he go? Is the one I linked ok enough to be an upgrade?
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So what is the best 95w AMD chip if you are unable to OC it?

Edit -Maybe this
It looks good, but the problem is, that HP spec page says "only AM2+ socket CPUs are supported". You might want to confirm if this could mean AM3 CPUs may not work before you buy it and find out it doesn't.
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yeah get an amd x3 cpu. Also i have use OEM COAs on custom builds before, yes you have to reinstall the os but, if you use an oem disc no restore disc not an hp os disk not a restore partition but, a plain old windows oem disc it should work no problem.

Usually unless you have used the key on the side before the os that comes on it from the store uses a different key then the one on the side. I kid you not if you key finder and look you might be surprised to see the keys aren't the same.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103941

From the wiki

" * AM3 processors work on AM2+ motherboards due to the presence of both the DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers on the processor
* AM2+ processors do not work on AM3 motherboards due to the processor's lack of a DDR3 memory controller
"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_AM2%2B
Edited by cdoublejj - 7/26/11 at 3:32am
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