motherboard replacement. is it easy?

  lonemascot 00:39 10 May 2006

i just bought a computer but on closer inspection i have realised that the motherboard only has 2 pci slots. Which is rubbish cos i need more

is there a way to add a few on without changing the board?

if not how easy is it to swap it for a new board. is it just a case of taking everything off and putting it on a new, better equipped board?


  Stuartli 01:06 10 May 2006

It sounds as though you have a miniATX board - the maximum number of PCI slots is usually three as the board is (obviously) smaller than an ATX board.

If you detail the board then more information can be provided.

  Stuartli 01:06 10 May 2006

The case will also be smaller - can be a devil to work in...:-)

  mgmcc 08:41 10 May 2006

Don't know if this helps click here

  sunny staines 13:04 10 May 2006

make a sketch of where various leads go and which way round they fit. may prove helpful if you get stuck.

  lonemascot 17:27 11 May 2006

mgmcc: that adapter wouldn't really suit me as i 'd need to get to the actual face of the cards, but thank you anyway.

Staurtli: my case is of a normal size but the board does look a lil bit shorter in height. the board is listed below:
ASRock 939S56 Motherboard
I bought the computer off ebay click here for a detailed spec sheet

i still would like to know if changing it is straight forward.

thanks peeps

  lonemascot 18:13 11 May 2006

doesn't sound too hard, just be careful of frying chips apparently lol.

i actually upgraded to a 120GB SATA hard drive and 1024mb of RAM too.

next question, can anyone recommend a fairly decent board with all the features mentioned in rodriguez's thread with 4 or more pci slots.

thanks for all your help peeps

  lonemascot 18:49 11 May 2006

wow thats a whole load cheaper than i thought it was gonna be. cheers everyone for your input. mission accomplished :)

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