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I have an Antec Sonata Quiet PC case with a 380 watt power supply. Inside is a AMD Athlon 2600 XP+ CPU on an ASUS A7V880 motherboard, 1 GB RAM. It has two 80GB Western Digital hard drives and a Lite-on 16X DVD-RW drive that works fine. I'm not sure what the video card is, but I replaced it a few years ago. The procesor is old and slow. I'd like to keep my Antec PC case and get a new motherboard, memory and power supply. My current configuation has an Echo Mia audio chard. I use the computer for audio purposes (live recording, editing, mixing). My current system is optimized for audio. Do you think I should try to keep the Antec case and get a new motherboard, etc, or start over with a new PC? Will it be very complicated to replace the motherboard and power supply? Will I be able to use the old sound card? It's sixyears old, but it is still being manufactured. (http://www.echoaudio.com/Products/PCI/MiaMIDI/index.php) Here are specs for a computer from a reputable company, optimized for recording purposes. I'm looking for something with similar specs: Motherboard: Intel w/H55 chipset CPU: Pentium Dual Core 2.80GHz Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB SATA RAM: 2GB DDR3/1333 Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW with LightScribe Video Card:Intel Integrated HD Graphics, 1 VGA1, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI Ports: 8 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN PCI Slots: 1x PCIe 2.0-x16, 2x PCIe-x1, 3 x PCI Card Reader: Multimedia card reader

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  • andylaster Jul 28, 2010

    I have an Antec Sonata Quiet PC case with a 380 watt power supply. Inside is a AMD Athlon 2600 XP+ CPU on an ASUS A7V880 motherboard, 1 GB RAM. It has two 80GB Western Digital hard drives and a Lite-on 16X DVD-RW drive that works fine. I'm not sure what the video card is, but I replaced it a few years ago.

    The processor is old and slow. I'd like to keep my Antec PC case and get a new motherboard, memory and power supply. My current configuration has an Echo Mia audio chard. I use the computer for audio purposes (live recording, editing, mixing). My current system is optimized for audio.

    Do you think I should try to keep the Antec case and get a new motherboard, etc, or start over with a new PC? Will it be very complicated to replace the motherboard and power supply?

    Will I be able to use the old sound card? It's sixyears old, but it is still being manufactured. http://www.echoaudio.com/Products/PCI/Mi...

    I'm thinking of swapping out the motherboard, add new memory and hard drives and a new power supply. Is this something I should not undertake unless I'm an expert?

    I'm looking to end up with a computer with specs like these: Intel w/H55 chipset CPU: Pentium Dual Core 2.80GHz Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB SATA RAM: 2GB DDR3/1333 Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW with LightScribe Video Card:Intel Integrated HD Graphics, 1 VGA1, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI Ports: 8 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN PCI Slots: 1x PCIe 2.0-x16, 2x PCIe-x1, 3 x PCI Card Reader: Multimedia card reader

    Basically, I need someone to walk me through the entire process. I also need someone who is an expert with dealing with audio on a PC, and someone who can tell me what type of motherboard, memory, power supply I should buy. Which ASUS motherboard will fit in this Antec sonata case?

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Hi. Antec Sonata case is nice and you can still use that with a new mainboard and power supply. When you buy mainboards, it comes with a back panel to make sure that the ports are secured. The new mainboard has PCI slot that you can use for your Echo Mia audio card.

When replacing mainboard, make sure that all screw holes on the mainboard has its matching standoffs on the casing. Remove old standoffs that doesn't match the holes on mainboard and put new ones if necessary.

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For experienced or hobbyist person, building his/her own computer is worth spending time. So if you think that building your own computer is worth your time then go ahead and do it yourself.

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Hi you can use the same case if you like, but once you change the motherboard you have to change the memory and the CPU, you can keep the old hard drive if want or replace ti with one that is bigger in capacity and you.Those specs are good it will give you a very excellent computer, you should go for it.

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  • andylaster Jul 28, 2010

    Okay, do you know what motherboard I should buy? Should I get another ASUS? Which ASUS will fit in this case? Should I purchase it with RAM. Basically, I need someone to walk me through the entire process. I also need someone who is an expert with dealing with audio on a PC. Can you help me, or should I repost my question? thanks!

  • Hilton Bristol Jul 28, 2010

    Hi you can buy an ASUS motherboard yes, but they are expensive but work fine, but there are other popular brands out there which are cheaper such as DIOSTAR, GIGABYTE,MSI and many others but you will get the best results from ASUS.There are two types of CPU,:INTEL and AMD and the CPU must match the motherboard, for example if you buy a 775 socket motherboard you must buy a 775 socket CPU, so when you go buy its good to buy all parts from one store.

  • Hilton Bristol Jul 28, 2010

    You ask the question i was putting together the answer for you

  • Hilton Bristol Jul 28, 2010

    okay then i have no need to give you more details.

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