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Old 03-12-2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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Smile Gateway dx4840 11e Upgradable?

I bought this tower 1 year ago for alittle over 650, Needless to say I now see I5 Processor Towers selling cheaper than this, I have an I3.

I want to build or upgrade my computer so that I may game on it, and use processing power thats heavily demanded by programs I use.

such as Imageline's Fl Studio, [Music DAW]

The inside of my gateway tower although "prebuilt" by the manafacturer is really spacist and seems like there is a lot of room inside

I want to know if I can strip out the motherboard and replace it with another more customizable and "overclock capable" is this possible?

If not, What if any inside this machine is replaceable or upgradable?

I will post specs of my computer here so it may help you help me.

thanks for your time..


Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i3 550 @ 3.20GHz 38 C
Clarkdale 32nm Technology

RAM
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz (9-9-9-24)


Motherboard
Gateway
Model DX4840 (CPU 1)
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model Havendale/Clarkdale Host Bridge
Chipset Revision 18
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model H57
Southbridge Revision 06
System Temperature 30 C
BIOS
Brand American Megatrends Inc.
Version P01-A3
Date 05/17/2010
Voltage
+12V 11.831 V
+5V 4.431 V
CPU CORE 2.916 V
VIN3 1.668 V
VIN4 0.948 V
+3.3V 1.334 V
VIN6 2.028 V
VIN7 1.632 V
VIN8 1.668 V
PCI Data
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width Unknown
Slot Designation PCIE
Slot Number 0
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width Unknown
Slot Designation PCIE
Slot Number 1
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width Unknown
Slot Designation PCIE
Slot Number 2
Slot PCI
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PCI1
Slot Number 3[/FONT][/SIZE]

CPU
Intel Core i3 550
Cores 2
Threads 4
Name Intel Core i3 550
Code Name Clarkdale
Package Socket 1156 LGA
Technology 32nm
Specification Intel Core i3 CPU 550 @ 3.20GHz
Family 6
Extended Family 6
Model 5
Extended Model 25
Stepping 5
Revision K0
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, Intel 64
Virtualization Supported, Enabled
Hyperthreading Supported, Enabled
Fan Speed 1106 RPM
Bus Speed 133.0 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 2925.8 MHz
Stock Core Speed 3200 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 133 MHz
Average Temperature 38 C

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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Your motherboard is based on the Intel H57 chipset, meaning it uses the socket LGA1156, which is incompatible with newer CPUs, which use the LGA1155 socket.

You can look on eBay for CPUs based on the socket LGA1156 chipset. At ark.intel.com you will find the complete list of CPUs based on socket LGA1156 that you may use on your system; they are listed as "previous generation Core i3/i5/i7".

Good luck!
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Thank you for your reply I have another question though or should I just try to sell this tower and get the most or should I just try to sell this tower and get the most I can and try to build my own? I would like a better graphics card specifically

Srry about the post what I meant was can I keep this tower and swap out motherboard or should I sale it?
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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Although I'm not familiar in detail with the Gateway PC, I think it should be possible to replace the motherboard with another to suit your requirements.

While replacing the motherboard (and other components as required), it is suggested that the PSU be replaced with a known quality/reliable brand PSU to ensure as far as possible trouble free power supply. PSU's supplied as part of a package may not be of good quality/reliability.
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Honestly, computers are so cheap these days that I'd recommend you to sell your computer and buy a new one.
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