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Yes you could do a MB swap but there may be a few quirks....
The pins for the PS must match, the pins for the ON/OFF, HDD, power on lame etc could be a bit different and you would need that same format MB, ie. atx, mATX.
It would prpbably be less hastle getting a new case.
    
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So would I be able to replace the motherboard while retaining my internal components and the case, or would that be too much toruble for what it's worth? I don't want the onboard Realtek Audio anyway, but this may be my next upgrade if it's feasible.
Yes, and No. You would be able to swap out your motherboard and use your existing components and make a complete system but you would then need a new copy of your Media Center Edition OS or other OS. Reason being the new motherboard would not accept your HP recovery disks, nor would the disks allow your motherboard to use them as they require the specific motherboard that your computer was built with.

Also, some of the parts in your case may be propietary (special for HP). Back panel of your case may be special as well as power supply connections and switch/power LED connections. To cure this you might may need a new case+power supply.

Something to think about...
post #13 of 23
Actually you will be able to reinstall your Operating System as long as your computer came with the OS disk/ recovery disk. It is like any other OEM version, you just have to jump through a few hoops. When you enter in your product key when trying to reinstall it will give you grief. You will be instructed to call Microsoft and obtain a validation number.

They will ask you some questions. Just tell them that you are only be installed on one computer, as the motherboard on your other computer died and you were forced to install a new one. They will promptly give you the validation number, and bammm, you have transferred the OS to your new setup.
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Actually you will be able to reinstall your Operating System as long as your computer came with the OS disk/ recovery disk. It is like any other OEM version, you just have to jump through a few hoops. When you enter in your product key when trying to reinstall it will give you grief. You will be instructed to call Microsoft and obtain a validation number.

They will ask you some questions. Just tell them that you are only be installed on one computer, as the motherboard on your other computer died and you were forced to install a new one. They will promptly give you the validation number, and bammm, you have transferred the OS to your new setup.
Not exactly true. I have tried to use an OS recovery disk from dell and before installation began it told me "This is only to be installed on a Genuine Dell Computer, Installation will now close"

Just my experiences...
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Yea I have actually been through the Microsoft validation number process, and it wasn't as bad as I thought that it would be. Actually, the computer didn't come with recovery discs, there is a recovery partition on my HDD. I actually have to order the disks from HP, which I will be doing sometime soon. I'm just trying to get some ideas on what my next plan of action should be to get this baby humming! It's not that I really care about the stock case, or the inputs on the front or back. I'm actually planning on getting a new PSU anyway whenever I get an X-fi soundcard. BTW has anyone overclocked myy CPU, and/or is this a very good processor to overclock? Thanks for the help guys!
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Yea I have actually been through the Microsoft validation number process, and it wasn't as bad as I thought that it would be. Actually, the computer didn't come with recovery discs, there is a recovery partition on my HDD. I actually have to order the disks from HP, which I will be doing sometime soon. I'm just trying to get some ideas on what my next plan of action should be to get this baby humming! It's not that I really care about the stock case, or the inputs on the front or back. I'm actually planning on getting a new PSU anyway whenever I get an X-fi soundcard. BTW has anyone overclocked myy CPU, and/or is this a very good processor to overclock? Thanks for the help guys!
Its a great proccessor to overclock, as long as you have it on a decent mobo. The chip can go to upwards of 3.5ghz on phasechange. Check out amdgeeks.com and search for your processor.

I have your processor and I am at a healthy 760mhz overclock over the original 2000mhz 24/7 and I can make it to nearly 3000mhz.
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There is actually a way to make your recoveries for the unit if you go into start menu --> pc help and tools ---> hp dvd/cd recovery creator but they still won't work if you replace your board. The only propriatary thing that comes with hp computers now a days is the case. They use pretty standard parts now the boards are often scaled down ASUS or ECS and a few MSI boards. You could re-install windows using the key on the side of the case, but you will need an OEM disk for that, not a retail one.
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There is actually a way to make your recoveries for the unit if you go into start menu --> pc help and tools ---> hp dvd/cd recovery creator but they still won't work if you replace your board. The only propriatary thing that comes with hp computers now a days is the case. They use pretty standard parts now the boards are often scaled down ASUS or ECS and a few MSI boards. You could re-install windows using the key on the side of the case, but you will need an OEM disk for that, not a retail one.
Sweet! I never even noticed that I could actually burn the discs. I'm probably going to do that tommorow. So what your saying is even if I burn the discs, when I get a new motherboard I won't be able to use them to install? Even if I use the HP serial on the old case? Someone else said on this thread that Microsoft will give me a new key (I've actually already done this with my old laptop) and that I could install after this. What I'm probably planning on doing is just buying a barebone (case and mobo) from Newegg that supports the Xpress 200 Crossfire. This way, I can eventually od the Xfire thing.
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I did the same swap on my Gateway system. The rig I am using right now started life as a Gateway 5056GT bought from Circuit City. I swapped the Gateway board for a DFI SLI-DR Expert and kept all my other components including the 3800x2 processor and the HD with all my info. All I had to do was reenter the product key on the Gateway case to reactivate windows and everything else works perfect. My HD booted strait up... I reactivated my media center windows and everything is running problem free. I OC'd the 3800x2 to 2.7 with ease after the motherboard swap.
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I did the same swap on my Gateway system. The rig I am using right now started life as a Gateway 5056GT bought from Circuit City. I swapped the Gateway board for a DFI SLI-DR Expert and kept all my other components including the 3800x2 processor and the HD with all my info. All I had to do was reenter the product key on the Gateway case to reactivate windows and everything else works perfect. My HD booted strait up... I reactivated my media center windows and everything is running problem free. I OC'd the 3800x2 to 2.7 with ease after the motherboard swap.
OMG that is awesome! I was hoping someone had done the same process, and I bet our systems are esentially the same thing, considering it is a Compaq. The only difference is I hope to go to Crossfire, as I have an ATI card on the way. Actually, I hear that you can run ATI cards on SLI, but it reqiures hacked drivers that may not be very compatible. This would be my first "build" (not really a build), but I'm looking foreward to a new mobo because I just found out that the bare bone setup is only arond $150. Did you use your stock RAM, and also do you know how to find out the clock speeds and specs of the stock HP RAM?
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