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Check the components on your list for compatibility generations. Every few years manufacturers completely change the platform and install the old components on a new motherboard anymore — it is simply impossible to fix.
Note the motherboard and processor. In the name of these components, the word socket, which refers to the "socket" of the processor. If you have, for example, the AMD Athlon II X2 215 Socket AM3, you will not be able to install it in the motherboard Socket with the inscription 495 in the name of the model. Accordingly, the CPU cooler should have similarities in this parameter.
Look at the type of RAM, and a description of the characteristics of the motherboard. If the memory for example, DDR3, you will not be able to install it in the motherboard with the words 2*DDR2. Usually the main information is on the motherboard, which is an essential component in the computer. Near the nest describes the types of devices that must be integrated to complete the work.
Make sure that the hard drive and DVD drive have any to the motherboard connector. You will not be able to connect the SATA native to the old motherboard with only IDE connector (without optional cards).
Manufacturers of motherboards, processors and memory modules indicate on the official websites information about the equipment, which is guaranteed to work in conjunction with their boards. Be sure to review this information. It will save you from difficult to diagnose errors when the components of one manufacturer incorrectly define other components.
If you know nothing about hardware of a computer, it is best to turn to specialized centers. It will tell you about all the features of a device in the computer. You will also be able to immediately buy all the parts.