A Motherboard Upgrade HOWTO

So you think that you are ready to take the bull by the horns and do your own motherboard upgrade? Well if you have a custom built system, then this is definitely something you might consider. If you are still a little shaky on the whole idea, let this article be your guiding light on your path to faster hardware.

Back in February 2005, I wrote an article for the Linux Journal Web site about re-mastering Knoppix. In that article, I noted that everything passed to/from a support box. During this process, I found myself regularly bumping into the limitations of my support box. So I started to look at the issues involved with replacing the motherboard in the support box.

When considering a motherboard upgrade, the first question to ask is if the upgrade makes financial sense. If you made a list of what goes into a local dealer’s white box PC clone and then priced out what those component parts cost on their own, you usually would discover that the individual parts cost significantly more that the clone PC. If your PC has a lot of issues that need to be addressed and you aren’t happy with much in your current PC, you may be better off buying a basic PC clone. Then, you simply could move the parts you consider to be of value over to the new system.

Another point to consider is that many name brand PCs–Dell, HP and others–are infamous for using not quite standard cases and/or power supplies. So, even if you are happy with your current case and/or power supply, you may need to replace them as part of a motherboard upgrade. [Read the rest]