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So, I bought a HP computer a couple years ago (my last I can assure you), and now due to very strong doubts about it's cooling capabilities, I've decided to upgrade the CPU cooler and case.

For the case, I was thinking of getting either the CM HAF 922 or storm scout. Problem is, I don't know if my mobo is removable. I'm not sure if I can remove the mobo and the back io shield to install in the new case. The mobo itself is a micro atx form factor- model asus Benicia ipibl-lb lga 775.

Here is the actual HP page on the computer itself - note that I've changed quite a few if those parts, so the specs themselves aren't very relevant.

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/12132708-12133156-12133158-12133158-12133158-81670475-81979152.html?jumpid=oc_R1002_CAENC-001_HP%20Pavilion%20Elite%20m9250f%20Desktop%20PC&lang=en&cc=ca

Here is the link to the actual mobo page:
http://whp-java.extweb.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01324212&tmp_track_link=ot_recdoc/c01684404/en_cn/c01324212/loc:2&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=cn

Honestly, even a single reply at this point is extremely appreciated. Loads of rep awaits you!

Thanks
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post #2 of 32
According to the second link it is a standard Micro-ATX. So it should fit into any aftermarket case that supports that form factor. The motherboard is removable.

To determine if the back plate is removable look at the back of the case. Is the back plate actually part of the case, or does it look recessed? I'm guessing that it is removable due to manufacturers using the same case for different models. smile.gif
Edited by AtomicFrost - 2/4/11 at 10:56pm
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good luck, OEM motherboards on HPs are a bastard
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post #4 of 32
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I'll take a look at it tomorrow morning. Right now, I'm just in bed browsing ocn. I'm pretty sure the io shield is removable. Atleast, I sure hope so. Also, anyone know a decent CPU cooler for the lga 775 socket? Right now, my q6700 in that rig idles at 53C. My gts 450 at around 40C.

Idling at 53C is quite bad, when everything is on stock settings. Its unbelievable, my 5+ year old amd athlon dual core idles at 39-45. And that's also a HP. The lesson: NEVER buy oem computers if you have any plans of upgrades.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shinigamibob;12268489 
I'll take a look at it tomorrow morning. Right now, I'm just in bed browsing ocn. I'm pretty sure the io shield is removable. Atleast, I sure hope so. Also, anyone know a decent CPU cooler for the lga 775 socket? Right now, my q6700 in that rig idles at 53C. My gts 450 at around 40C.

Idling at 53C is quite bad, when everything is on stock settings. Its unbelievable, my 5+ year old amd athlon dual core idles at 39-45. And that's also a HP. The lesson: NEVER buy oem computers if you have any plans of upgrades.

Haha, last sentence QFT. tongue.gif Anyways, on your cooler question, Vendetta 2/CM 212+/Xiggy Dark Knight would all serve you well on a budget. I have owned all three, great coolers tbh.
     
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a very good, cheap aftermarket cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 +. Depending on where you are, they can be had for $20 and will perform just as well as the higher end ones when only moderately overclocking
    
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post #7 of 32
The Xigmatek HDT-SD964 is also great. I reseated mine today and haven't broke 44C during 7+ hours of GTA4, LfD2, CoD, and Skyping. It's a small form factor cooler. If you have to the room, go with an above listed full sized cooler.
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Room is what I'm worried about. I don't know if any decent sized cooler (or Atleast the ones suggested above) will fit a micro atx mobo without covering any if the ram slots.
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post #9 of 32
If it's that tight for space, then I'd be seriously considering the Corsair H50/H60/H70, since all that goes over the CPU is a small block and pump combo device, the real cooling happens over at the radiator nicely away from the CPU and memory slots.
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post #10 of 32
OP - Beware that your motherboard model has a VERY HIGH FAILURE RATE!

How do I know? I found an HP computer on the curb with the same exact model motherboard which had a Q6600 processor (the prize for me:D) but the motherboard was totally dead.

Upon heavy research I found that many owners of such motherboard had sudden dead failures right after the one year mark and beyond and in one owner that spoke with HP said that this was a bad motherboard for them.

Hope that you have better luck with your motherboard and I would keep an eye on another just in case. I would also definitely get an ATX computer case so to have flexibility to either fit a MAtx or ATX motherboard in there.

As for me I benefited because I got a perfectly working Q6600 processor from a bad motherboard. Hope I find more of these - lol!
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