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Hello. First off I want to thank everybody who reads each others posts and adds a little help.

I have an HP Media Center Editon PC 864N. I love my computer, except there's no room for future expansion.

All of my PCI slots are taken up (there's only three), I have a flimsy 200W power source, and there's no open drives. It runs hot, and there's only one fan.

I want to buy a new case. I have my heart set on this Silverstone case ( Yet, it only has two fans, and I would love to find an aluminum/steel case with exhaust fans on top.

Also, I want to buy a new motherboard that supports my current processor, yet will leave me room to update my processor in the next couple years.

Can anybody offer me any advice on a case or mobo?


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If you take out your hard drive and install it on another mother board you will most likely need to resinstall windows. SAVE your data before you move the hard drive.

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By the time you go through upgrading an HP computer, you could build a new system or have someone build a new one for you. I am not criticizing what you want to do. HP computers as well as Compaq are not really designed to be upgraded.
If you are still set on getting a new case, try the Lian brand case. Go to and search for that brand of case. The PC-61 case, which I own, is made of all aluminum and has 4 fans, 2 intake, one on top and one in the rear for exhaust.
You never specified what you were going to use your system for, but I have found the Gigabyte motherboards to work quite well. I presently own the 7N400 Pro 2 board which supports socket A processors.
Good luck on your search.

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