Need to replace defective motherboard - recommendations?

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December 20, 2011 at 21:25:14
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3, 2.394 GHz / 1023 MB
for AMD Athlon 64 3800+ with geforce 7300

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December 20, 2011 at 22:46:42
In order to recommend a motherboard you need to specify more than just the CPU and graphics card. What features are you looking for? Are you re-using the ram from your old board? What spec is it? What exact graphics card do you have? The 7300 came in both AGP and PCIe configuration.

You will be looking in the Used market so your choices might be limited. What model old board did you have and what went wrong with it?

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December 21, 2011 at 05:41:48
Are you sure the board is defective & not something else? What have you done to troubleshoot the problem?

As stated by Richard59, you didn't provide enough info. The 3800+ came as either a socket 939 or AM2. If you have a S939 system, you may as well forget about it & move on. The following board/CPU combo isn't exactly "current", but it's probably better than what you have:

If that's not to your liking, there's plenty of other cheap boards available:

And here's another site that sells older hardware:

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December 21, 2011 at 10:58:11
Thanks, I will check out riider's links. Meanwhile the full story which I could not get onto the original query:

Some few months back my PC broke down. I took it to my normal computer shop in Tours, France. They tested the graphics card etc., and eventually determined the source of the problem as the Mothercard. That is all I know, or could understand. They were unable to replace the mothercard, and gave me a completely new set up with Phenom processor, built-in audio. This took the old nvidia graphics card but was SATA not IDE.

Everything else on the old machine is OK, but I have lost use of the brand new HD which holds all my data. Yes, I know there are ways of recovering this. But I thought it might be possible to rebuild the old, using the existing box, Geforce 7300, the Creative Sound Blaster card if necessary and the IDE HD. A second PC at this level would be extremely useful.

I am in Vancouver at present, the PC is at home in France, so I am unable to get more info, but I still have on file (in France) the dxdiag for the old set up if that would help. You may have it on file here with one of my earlier queries. I get home 30th Dec.

Any suitable Mothercard/cpu set up with IDE and that will take the graphics and audio card would do perhaps. I have over 2000 ram on two new barrettes.

P.S. riider's first link looks good - but how many IDE connections would be needed? Is one sufficient?

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