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Hello:

I have had an HP Media Center m1170n Desktop PC for a couple years now and I think it is time for me to upgrade the motherboard. The motherboard I have right now is a Asus with the following specifications: PTGD1-LA & Puffer-UL8E.

I just purchased 4 Memory sticks of 4 GB total which is the maximum allowed and I was hoping someone can help me upgrade to a new motherboard. My son play a lot of games on the computer and it can't handle all of it if none at all. (Yes It's Minecarft smile.gif ).

Here are my computer specifications from hp.com and any advices on which motherboard I could but that can handles games I would really appreciate it. ~John. thumb.gif

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c00255625#A1
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Hello! Welcome to the forum!

Upgrading the motherboard will do nothing to improve performance. The motherboard usually just adds extra features and ports(more USB ports/hard drive ports).

To increase performance you will need to purchase a better CPU and/or GPU. These two components are the actual processing units in the computer. Unfortunately both these components in your PC are VERY old and weak.

Do you have any idea on how much you will like to spend on the upgrade?
Because the computer is quiet old, you will not have too many choices to upgrade right now.

-fishymamba
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Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it. I thought about spending around $500 for everything. I looked some ASUS gaming motherboard online and found Asus - P9X79 PRO to be the best but I guess I will still need to buy a microprocessor though. Will the Audio, video card, power supply..etc that I have right now still work with the new motherboard?

Thanks for your help!

John
Edited by kwmlr439 - 9/16/13 at 8:53am
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Originally Posted by kwmlr439 View Post

Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it. I though about spending around $500 for everything. I looked some ASUS gaming motherboard online and found Asus - P9X79 PRO to be the best but I guess I will still need to buy a microprocessor though. Will the Audio, video card, power supply..etc that I have right now still work with the new motherboard?

Thanks for your help!

John

The P9X79 is out of your price range, it requires a $300 CPU to operate. And you do NOT need such a high end motherboard for gaming. Like I said, it will not improve performance significantly.

I recommend that you upgrade the motherboard, CPU, video card, RAM, and power supply. All of these will improve performance.

This is what I recommend for you:

PSU, cheap, but has very good reviews and enough power: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPHK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_9?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

RAM: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QBUL1C/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

CPU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009O7YU56/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Mobo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009FC3YJ8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Video Card: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007MJGN5I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

This setup will give you great performance, and it will cost you ~$450.

If you get this video card: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HYIRES/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

You will get a bit more performance, but you will be right at your max budget.

Let me know if you have any more questions!
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