Having problems with your Gateway FMC-901 PC Desktop ?

I have a Gateway FMC 901 and I want to update the motherboard to todays standards Is it possible?

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To the contrary, the MCE Gateway 901x media center PCs cannot be upgraded via a new motherboard. The board's size was custom built for gateway and it doesn't comply to ATX standards. The best you can do is buy a 3.4ghz Socket 478 Pentium 4 Processor. I have tested the Prescott with 1mb of cache and Hyperthreading technology. I have not tested (nor will I because it is as of 2009, a $350 processor) the 3.4ghz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition with 2mb cache.
\015\012Best bet is to max the processor to 3.4ghz for $60 and spend $75 on 2gb or RAM. The system will now run Vista Media Center edition, TV Pack 2008, and can accomodate a HVR 1600 HD capture card. That is as far as this system can go until it goes to the boneyard.
Hi Gerard,

From the specifications available online for your system, your system is pretty old. Your query can be answered in two parts

1. Yes, your motherboard can be upgraded to today's standards. Motherboards have a standard size.
Hence a newer one can replace it.

2. But, since technology has moved on quite a bit since the time you have purchased this system, other components that sit on the motherboard also need to changed if you change the motherboard. One example being the RAM. Your system has DDR RAM, where has the the latest motherboards use DDR3 RAM and a lot of value systems use DDR2 RAM. In fact DDR2 RAM is lesser expensive as compared to DDR RAM on your system as it is more widely used.

If you are facing the problems of a sluggish system, I recommend upgrading the RAM. DDR RAM is still available for purchase. Buy a 1GB RAM stick from www.newegg.com

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