When doing computer repair for a living, there is something I do on a regular basis, and that is replacing and updating computer components. Whether it be changing a hard drive or installing a brand-new graphics card, there is always something you require to take into account. Here are a few things you should ask yourself when choosing computer components.
Things to consider when replacing or upgrading your motherboard
What type factor size does your existing case assistance?
If the motherboard you are taking a look at getting is ATX and your existing case just has area and stand-offs for a mini-ATX motherboard, you are not going to be able to set up the new motherboard.
Do you have any of the extra parts that featured the case, including stand-offs for the motherboard?
If you are replacing a mini-ATX motherboard with an ATX motherboard and your case is large enough for it, do you have the stand-offs and screws for the extra installing points that the brand-new ATX motherboard will require?
Do you have the setup media for the os and all of your programs?
When you change out a motherboard, unless it is from the same manufacturer and exact same model line, odds are you will need to perform a clean setup of the os and your apps. If you try and use the existing os presently set up with a brand-new motherboard, you more than likely to get all sorts of errors. Be prepared to re-install the OS and apps.
What is the socket kind of your existing CPU?
You can not utilize an LGA1150 processor in an LGA1151 socket.
Will the brand-new motherboard your considering getting assistance your existing processor?
You will need to do your research study on the motherboard you are considering getting. If you can not find the info online, provide the maker a call. There is nothing worse than getting a motherboard that you can not utilize.
Memory slot( s).
Does the motherboard your thinking of getting support your existing memory modules?
Once again, do your research. You need to make certain that whatever is going to go efficiently when you do the upgrade.
Or are you going to need to get new memory modules?
If you learn that you will require brand-new memory modules, purchase them in pairs (twin-pack, quad-pack). Attempt to avoid blending different memory modules if you can. You will also find it less expensive to purchase them in twin-packs or quad-packs than as single modules.
Growth slots (PCI-e).
What do you presently have for growth cards?
These include graphic card( s), RAID controller card( s), M. 2 adapter card( s), Wi-Fi/ ethernet card( s), and so on.
And what type of growth slot( s) do they utilize (PCI-e x16, PCI-e x4, PCI-e x1)?
Make a note about all of the various PCI-e slots that are used on your existing motherboard and recommendation it when you are taking a look at brand-new motherboard.
M. 2 Slot( s).
If your existing mom has M. 2 slot( s) and you use them, what type factor, key notches and interface do they utilize?
M. 2 2242, M. 2 2260, M. 2 2280? B key, M secret or both? SATA 3, PCI-e 3 or NVMe?
Internal USB connections.
What type of USB headers does your existing motherboard have?
USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 or USB 3.1 Gen 2.
Internal drive adapters.
What kind of internal drive connectors does your existing motherboard have?
SATA, SATA Express or U. 2?
What kind of power adapters does the motherboard your thinking of getting have (4-pin or 8-pin ATX 12V)?
Does your existing power supply have the proper adapter?
Things to think about when replacing or upgrading your processor/ CPU.
What socket type does your current motherboard have (LGA 1151, LGA 2011, AMD AM3+, and so on)?
Keep in mind that you can not utilize an LGA1150 processor in an LGA1151 socket.
What processors does your current motherboard assistance?
You will need to do your research study on your present motherboard. If you can not find the information online, give the producer a call. You may require to upgrade the BIOS on your existing motherboard to run the new processor your considering getting.
Things to consider when changing or upgrading your CPU cooler.
Space within case.
Does your existing case have the room for an upgraded CPU cooler?
If you are believing air cooled, do you have adequate area on top of the CPU for it. If your thinking of liquid cooled, do you have the correct mounting holes for it. And are you going to require to change any of the existing case fan( s) to accommodate a brand-new CPU cooler.
Does your motherboard have all of the adapters for running a liquid CPU cooler?
Some liquid-coolers require power from an on-board USB header. Likewise, does your motherboard have any special liquid-cooler fan headers.
Things to consider when replacing or updating your graphics card/ GPU.
What version PCI-e slot (2.0, 3.0, 4.0) does your present motherboard have?
To answer this question, you will need to reference the motherboard handbook or specs online. If you have a problem discovering this information, just get in touch with the motherboard manufacturer.
What PCI-e version is the graphics card you are looking at getting?
Again, to address this concern, referral the graphic card manual or specs online. If you have an issue finding this information, simply get in touch with the motherboard manufacturer.
If the PCI-e slot on your motherboard is version 3 and the graphics card you are taking a look at getting is version 4, you are going to have a problem.
Power connection( s).
Does the graphics card you are taking a look at getting require a different PCI-e power adapter( s)? If so, are they 6-pin or 8-pin PCI-e port( s) and how many does it require?
You must be able to find this information on the vendors or produces website. Even package needs to have the info on the exterior.
Does your current power supply have all of the proper PCI-e port( s) for it?
Some lower wattage power materials have only 6-pin PCI-e connectors. Aesthetically inspect your existing power supply for the type and quantity of PCI-e power ports.
Things to consider when changing or upgrading your memory.
Slot type and speed.
What slot type and memory speed does your existing motherboard assistance (DDR3 2400, DDR4 4200, and so on)?
To address this concern, you will require to reference the motherboard manual or specifications online. If you have an issue discovering this info, simply call the motherboard maker.
Existing memory compatibly.
Are you going to included more memory to your existing memory?
The something you want to attempt and avoid when including memory is incompatibility with existing memory. If you intend on adding a number of more memory modules, try to utilize the specific make and model of your existing memory. Despite the fact that memory form various maker may be the same slot and speed type, their clock timings can be different.
It is always advised to use the exact same make and model of memory in all of the slots.