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post #21 of 26
Yes, call them, and read the manual for your motherboard. That is the best source for info... and not all mobos have the same size I/O ports...
    
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post #22 of 26
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dammit, trying to keep a budget here... why the hell does HP have to be so stubborn, i haven't called them yet, and i'm in school right now so there isn't much i can do atm.

and the mounting holes seem to be in the right spots, on all corners, except for one which is near the I/O area so its moved back a bit...
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post #23 of 26
you shouldn't have to change the I/O shield, I have a couple of compaq cases, and even an old pavilion case, and the IO shield comes right out. and you can mount stuff in it... I'm actually thinkin about starting a project of my own with a compaq presario case, I'm going to make a decent gaming rig out of it


EDIT you can probly change the IO shield with the one that comes with the new mobo.
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post #24 of 26
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yep, i just called HP canada and they said that mobo manufacturers have to follow a standard so a Micro ATX mobo will fit into this case unless its totally handicapped. he said also to call the people selling the mobo just to check it out.

now i don't have to get a new case, WOHOO!
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post #25 of 26
you will probably have to upgrade your psu. I know that Dell does that. the motherboard is standard size (I think) but the psu doesn't use a standard atx connector to hook up to the mobo. If that is the case you will be required to get a new psu. Even if your HP uses a standard ATX psu connector it will be a 20pin connector instead of the 24pin connector required by most new Nforce 4 boards. While most new mobos will allow you to run a 20pin psu if it has high enough amps on the 12v rail it is not suggested.

bottom line, it may be easier for you to just buy a new case/psu combo. I don't like the psus that come with cases,but it would probably be better than what you currently have. Also, a new case would have better cooling than the hp case you currently have. It would make your upgrade transition much easier. Aspire has cases with pretty decent cooling and they usually come with psus. they start very cheap, you can get ones with windows and lights and all that jazz for about 50. the most expensive case it only 150.
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post #26 of 26
Yes, you'll definitely need a new PSU. Don't know how many watts you need yet, though. Could you tell us if you are upgrading anything else, especially graphics card? If it has its own 6-pin PCIe connector, make sure you don't get a cheap PSU.
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