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R4 and a motherboard upgrade.

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Hi, I have an Aurora R4 Born date 9/21/2009 i7 920@2.67Ghz, Socket 1366 LGA. Code name: Broomfield. The motherboard M/N 0H869M, Chipset is X58, Southbridge: # 82801JR (ICH10R). By doing some research I found out that my motherboard only has PCI-E 2.0 x 16 @ x 16 1.1. My graphics card is a Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 and has the PCI-E 3.0 gen 3. I also found out the only way to upgrade to a 3.0 is to change out the motherboard :(. I read that when you upgrade make sure that the upgrade will work with Alienware Command Center and related options. If possible I would like to keep everything else and transfer it to the new board. Does anyone have any suggestions on a Motherboard that would work for me. Or just live with it the way it is. I have changed graphics cards, power supplies, memory but I have never changed out a motherboard I am a NOOB at this. thanks in advance for anyone's help. :) Oh and one more thing if I can change the motherboard will I have to reformat the hard drive and reinstall everything?                                                                                                 

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If your not tech savvy then this could be a hard job.

Some Asus motherboards work with Alienware command center but I'm not sure which ones.

If your still keen on doing the upgrade then head to the Dell Alienware Forum, do a search for posts by a guy named Cass-ole. He is the guru with this type of upgrade and has helped many people do aftermarket upgrades on Alienware desktops.

Beware, your in for a very steep learning curve, good luck.


Cass-Olé

Andrew, greetings after a long absence, & g'day mate

7701_5F00_DSC_5F00_0001_5F00_JPG_2D00_55

Asus Maximus VIII Gene 6700k, what more can a person ask for right now, besides a 1080 or two & a better power supply; recent swap photo courtesy of Spookz

changing out the board may mean rewiring the front panel connector, photo as example

Capturefp.JPG

obtain owner's manual, & apply its wiring needs to the MSI far right, used in all Aurora R1-R4

Aurora-R3, 3rd party motherboard, upgrade? >< CPU and or Motherboard upgrade >< How to Install Command Center for a Non-Alienware Motherboard

The 1st two links, have other links scattered inside, guiding you to all the info you need, you have to read b4 & after your swap; if you do, you should be in business like so many others who did a successful swap. What we do, is place new mthrbrd in, boot up with existing hard drive, check to see if AlienFx case lights turn on or not, then proceed accordingly. If no lights, you troubleshoot why (using the links & embedded links) above; if lights come on, we might take a new hard drive & do a clean install, yes, followed by a CmndCntr install version of our choosing 2.8.9, 2.8.11, 3.0, 3.5, 3.6 etc

The details have all been typed & explained & presented b4, if you look for them. I'd go for Asus Gene above, begin with CmndCntr 2.8.9, see what happens. Other ideas are to install the Aurora R4 Ivy Bridge 4820k/4930k/4960x & re-use your DDR3 memory (buy a 4th stick of it). R4 mthrbrd part#'s: 7JNH0 & FPV4P. Good luck indeed. What upgrades are possible with the Aurora R1? (R5 mobo?) For the learning curve, consult a learned friend with PC building experience, for best results removal vid >< replace vid

edit, here's a new post: Aurora R1 AlienFX doesn't work whether it's the original mthrbrd or a swap, the tools used to get the AlienFx MIO daughterboard properly working with a mthrbrd like the basic USB / HID device that it is, are 'identical'; MIOs can be just as fussy with the original mthrbrd in some instances as with a new one, so do your best to keep up with the archive of fixes / tips & advice. PlanZ is simply buy a new MIO board or two to work with, since they've never been priced as low as they are these days, where a new MIO candidate board on-hand increases your chances of having case lights back aka a successful swap

note @4:45 onwards, the decision to 'splice' the front panel wiring was a poor decision. See below

The ALX-Files: Area 51 R1 Motherboard Swap Asus 4770k + USB3.0

obtaining the appropriate insulating 2pins shown & transferring your wires/pins into them & managing the new front panel wiring that way is best. The original mthrbrds in Aurora / A51 are by MSI, therefore, new MSI swaps should have, should, have an identical FP wiring scheme & become plug & play. Older Asus boards might use a 10x10 & need a rewiring with 2pins as found above, however some of the latest Asus boards are using identical pluig & play schemes as with MSI. See Maximus VIII again: although it's a 10x10 setup, it's plug & play with Auroras MSI chart, & requires no modding 

 


Thanks guys for all the help!  Well changing out the motherboard is a job for a pro, it is beyond my skill level. I have someone in mind to help me do this. Again thanks for all the info and I'll make sure he reads this thread. :)



Cass-Olé said:

 

Andrew, greetings after a long absence, & g'day mate

7701_5F00_DSC_5F00_0001_5F00_JPG_2D00_55

Asus Maximus VIII Gene 6700k, what more can a person ask for right now, besides a 1080 or two & a better power supply; recent swap photo courtesy of Spookz

changing out the board may mean rewiring the front panel connector, photo as example

Capturefp.JPG

obtain owner's manual, & apply its wiring needs to the MSI far right, used in all Aurora R1-R4

Aurora-R3, 3rd party motherboard, upgrade? >< CPU and or Motherboard upgrade >< How to Install Command Center for a Non-Alienware Motherboard

The 1st two links, have other links scattered inside, guiding you to all the info you need, you have to read b4 & after your swap; if you do, you should be in business like so many others who did a successful swap. What we do, is place new mthrbrd in, boot up with existing hard drive, check to see if AlienFx case lights turn on or not, then proceed accordingly. If no lights, you troubleshoot why (using the links & embedded links) above; if lights come on, we might take a new hard drive & do a clean install, yes, followed by a CmndCntr install version of our choosing 2.8.9, 2.8.11, 3.0, 3.5, 3.6 etc

The details have all been typed & explained & presented b4, if you look for them. I'd go for Asus Gene above, begin with CmndCntr 2.8.9, see what happens. Other ideas are to install the Aurora R4 Ivy Bridge 4820k/4930k/4960x & re-use your DDR3 memory (buy a 4th stick of it). R4 mthrbrd part#'s: 7JNH0 & FPV4P. Good luck indeed. What upgrades are possible with the Aurora R1? (R5 mobo?) For the learning curve, consult a learned friend with PC building experience, for best results removal vid >< replace vid

edit, here's a new post: Aurora R1 AlienFX doesn't work whether it's the original mthrbrd or a swap, the tools used to get the AlienFx MIO daughterboard properly working with a mthrbrd like the basic USB / HID device that it is, are 'identical'; MIOs can be just as fussy with the original mthrbrd in some instances as with a new one, so do your best to keep up with the archive of fixes / tips & advice. PlanZ is simply buy a new MIO board or two to work with, since they've never been priced as low as they are these days, where a new MIO candidate board on-hand increases your chances of having case lights back aka a successful swap

note @4:45 onwards, the decision to 'splice' the front panel wiring was a poor decision. See below

The ALX-Files: Area 51 R1 Motherboard Swap Asus 4770k + USB3.0

obtaining the appropriate insulating 2pins shown & transferring your wires/pins into them & managing the new front panel wiring that way is best. The original mthrbrds in Aurora / A51 are by MSI, therefore, new MSI swaps should have, should, have an identical FP wiring scheme & become plug & play. Older Asus boards might use a 10x10 & need a rewiring with 2pins as found above, however some of the latest Asus boards are using identical pluig & play schemes as with MSI. See Maximus VIII again: although it's a 10x10 setup, it's plug & play with Auroras MSI chart, & requires no modding 

 

Kudos for a great post fella!