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Buying a new motherboard

December 28, 2012 at 17:50:41
Specs: Windows7, 2G

Good Day

I have decided to change my motherboard and I need some advice on the type of motherboard to buy. I have an Emachines T5234 form factor tower case, and I have been having a very hard time as to what kind of form factor motherboard I should buy in order to fit it in the case I now have. Should I get ATX Mico atx or mini. Your assistance in this regard would be greatly appreciated. By the way does it really matter if I get an intel based or amd based processor motherboard.

Yours very kindly
Roger.


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#1
December 28, 2012 at 18:03:18

Why are you changing the board? In fact, why do you want to re-use the case? There's very little from that system worth using in a modern system. I suggest you keep the eMachines as a backup or 2ndary PC & build a new PC from scratch.

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#2
December 28, 2012 at 19:34:51

Agreed. Nothing worth saving towards a new or updated build.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
December 28, 2012 at 19:53:50

Agree. If you are thinking about new motherboards then you will also be looking for new CPU & cooler, new RAM, newGraphics, and definitely a new powersupply.

That leaves just your drives re-usable from the current rig. What exactly is the reason for wanting to change motherboards? Is there a problem with the current one?

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#4
December 30, 2012 at 06:27:33

the reason why am changing the motherboard is that the one it came with burned out. Can't really afford to build a new one at this present time or even purchase one. Some time mid next year will get an up to date one
So should I just get another emachines motherboard to replace it at this time. thanks for all your help

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#5
December 30, 2012 at 12:26:20

The question that now arises is why did the original board fail and are you certain that only the motherboard was damaged?
Emachines use crappy powersupplies that have a habit of failing and when they do there is often a cascade of failures including burnout of CPU, RAM and any add-in cards such as Graphics cards. You can spend the money on a replacement motherboard only to find that other components also need replacing and you are right back looking at a whole new system.
If you can determine that your other components are still OK then you need to get a motherboard that is compatible with the CPU and ram. Once you get it running you will then need to do a repair install of the operating system.

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#6
December 30, 2012 at 15:34:45

Thanks actually I have changed the power supply on this machine already, am not even to sure if is the processor or motherboard that has failed. Am pretty sure is not the memory just added some new memory not t long ago. The thing is when I put it on the fan over the processor would barely spin and that's it. I jumped the motherboard using a 20pin power supply when the motherboard normally uses a 24pin. So am speculating that the motherboard is not getting sufficient and power and jumping the board has caused it to burn out. What do you think is the problem the motherboard or the processor. I have tried a 24pin power supply but that doesn't work either.

Thanks very much
Roger


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#7
December 31, 2012 at 03:04:37

The only way to determine which has failed is to test your CPU in a known good motherboard or test a known good CPU in your motherboard. The first time I had a system fail I ended up taking both the motherboard & CPU to a tech for testing. Just my luck it turned out both had failed. My suggestion would be to see if you can get a local tech to check the components for you so you don't invest money in replacing working parts and can determine the relative cost/benefit of repair/replacement

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#8
December 31, 2012 at 08:07:07

will do thanks for your help

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