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Harchint Singh

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I need quick advice!

I have a dell inspiron 530 Quad Core, which I am planning to upgrade.

Original Specs:

-Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33 GHz
-Dell 0FM586 Standard/Generic Motherboard
-4GB DDR2 RAM
-Integrated Intel HD Graphics( Some shitty Intel G33/G31 Chipset Graphics card)
-Same Hard Drives
-350W Generic Dell Power Supply

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I am planning to upgrade almost everything from this, other than the standard dell fans and power supply, card reader, Hard drives, etc. Basically, im keeping everything but:

-ASUS Micro ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards H97M-PLUS
- 12GB Hyper X 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
-Intel Core i5 4690 Quad Core (3.5GHz, Turbo to 3.9GHz)
-EVGA Geforce GTX 770 Dual SC with ACX Cooler 4GB Edition
-1 TB HDD SATA
-500GB HDD (Dell Factory Hard drive with original OS)
-750 Watt Bronze Plus Coolmaster GX II(Front USB Always Charging)

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I read somewhere online that the dell power connecter is only compatible with a dell motherboard? Is this true? Also, Will all these parts be compatible with my case?

If someone can answer these ASAP, I would be very very very thankful!
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Also, i downloaded all the drivers and files needed for my motherboard and chipset. Will my PC Boot as normal when i connect the old hard drives to the new Motherboard?



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Be0wulf22

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I have no first hand knowledge of the inspiron 530, but I would be very surprised if an aftermarket board would fit and have the same plug as a dell board. I'm sure others will correct me if I'm wrong, but you wanted a quick answer. And no, do not expect the PC to boot from the old hard drive with a new motherboard. There are ways around it if you really know what you are doing, but if you were one of those guys you probably wouldn't be here asking the question. You will probably need to reload the OS instead.
 
The power connector should be irrelevant since you're replacing both PSU and MOBO.

Some Dell cases use proprietary mounting hole placement but as far as I can tell a 530 uses standard mATX.

Windows might boot and it might not. You'll have to re-activate Windows either way. The Dell product key might not activate on that board in which case you'd need a new OS.
 
+1 Be0wulf22

Better start off from scratch since it's not just an upgrade, not a good idea to pair up low dell quality parts with brand new gear. The power supply might be too weak and incompatible with the new motherboard.
Also you will have to resinstall windows.
 

Harchint Singh

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@dextermat: The Power Supply i mentioned was a brand new one, 750W.

Also, I'm not running the OS that came with the Motherboard. The OS i am using currently is from a secondary hard drive. You guys said there was a way to bypass this. Could you please tell me how?
 

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A pre-installed operating system from another computer is not going to work on this new system. You're going to have to re-install Windows as well as re-activate through Microsoft. Per the Windows 7 license agreement, unless this is a retail version of Windows 7 (or Windows 8), the OEM OS is tied to the original motherboard it was installed on and cannot be transferred.

Now Microsoft folks have been pretty lenient about this and have generally allowed re-activation, even in violation of these rules, but there is no 100% guarantee it will work.

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This isn't exactly in line with the agreement for microsoft, but if you have an OEM OS, you could tell them that the motherboard was damaged and you are no longer able to use the OS and they would replace it for free.

Not saying you should do it, just stating facts.
 

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1. They are under no obligation to allow that
2. Just putting the old HDD in the new PC will probably not boot at all. Complete reinstall.

Sell the old PC, use those funds for a new OS and case. That Dell case will be a large PITA to make work with the new parts.
 

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