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Part: XI Upgrading Your Main System Comp... > Replacing Your Main System Board

Chapter 38. Replacing Your Main System Board

Many computer experts believe that main system boards are better candidates for being replaced than upgraded. The reason for this belief is that any time you upgrade your main system board significantly, you most likely need to upgrade several other components in your PC as well. The CPU, memory, and possibly several of the interface cards in your PC will probably have to be upgraded to match the performance gains offered by the new system board. Rather than replace this much of your PC, it might be cheaper to forgo the main system board upgrade and just purchase a new PC.

For most users, the only financially justifiable reason for replacing a main system board is if the one currently in your PC is damaged. In that case, you'll replace the board with one identical or similar to your current board. You might also upgrade your motherboard if you are considering upgrading your CPU to the Athlon series in the AMD CPU line. These chips require a motherboard with a special slot/socket to accommodate them. Regardless of your reason for replacing your main system board, in this chapter you will learn all you need to know to accomplish this sometimes tricky procedure.


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