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I would like to upgrade a Dell system with a new motherboard combo. It's a home system media mostly and no gaming. Budget system basically and would like to use some legacy boards mostly PCI. Am running Windows 7 on a Pentium 4 currently with 1gb memory. Not bad really for basics. Too slow of course for most media or audio.

What area of motherboards/CPU chipset combo should I be looking at? ATX form factor I expect. Built many system from scratch in the past. Only using the Dell for the case design which I like. Have some Antec case system but I like the modular design and easy access of the Dell cases. I know they are proprietary motherboards and no docs but an ATX form factor should work.

Budget pricing around $100-$200 or so motherboard/CPU.
 
Not real clear on what you need here.

I get that you feel you'll be able to fit an ATX board into the case.
I'm not sure about the legacy statement. Are you saying you need PCI slots for PCI devices?

$200 is really quite a bit for a CPU/MB combo.

Low power dual core:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103298&Tpk=5050e

780G board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186165

That would cover your CPU/MB/GPU needs for hi-def. Throw in 4GB of RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227298
 

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Thanks for the reply. I have access to lot of Dell and HP enterprize systems that are out of date to build with. They are well made and easy to work with and relyable. They are much better made and made to change or upgrade and change. On top of that the designs don't have you cutting yourself all the time with the sharp edges of cheap metal frames.

Sound like I should reduce the base upgrade cost budget for the motherboard/CPU.

For example, my laptop is an HP with AMD dual core with 3gb memory and 250gb drive that is more than adaquite for the video, media and development that I do with Visual Studio, SQL and webdesign.

Yes I think I should be able to to fit a ATX board in the case but I am doing this more as a hobby trial so I want something modern and also have the ability to use some legacy boards such as sound, ethernet and audio that are generally PCI based. No overclocking but Windows 7 based, SATA as well as IDE for drives as I have serveral. I know this may be vague overall but I have your guide that I am also going to review to bring myself up to date with as I quite building system a year or two ago as new system because so cheap and hardware is no longer that important in relation to the applications.

I will look at the below links you gave.