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July 22, 2013 6:59:02 AM

So I have one of these http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00...
An old HP Pavillion a850y that can no longer remain powered on.

CPU: Pentium 4 540j (Prescott - socket 775) 3.2ghz
MOBO: ASUS PTGD1-LA (although this is from their website, but I swear when the pc was working the splash was american megatrends - the actual board when you look at it has no wording so.....)
RAM: 1GB (2x512 MB)
GPU: Radeon X600 PRO
Sound Card: Soundblaster something or other
1 16x DVD/RW Drive
1 48x CD/RW Drive
1 All in one card reader
1 3.5 inch floppy
OS: Win xp
HDD: 160GB
PSU: Lite On 300w 5121-6h1 (Oh dear... I'm impressed it actually lasted 8 years...)

Developed intermittent startup problems last year that went away for a while but now it just boot loops (it gets all the way into windows then shuts down now, when the problem first arose it would loop before even loading the os). I never put that much effort into diagnosing the problem since its an 8 year old web surfing machine that I have been expecting to die for a while. Now I'm having a hard time letting go and since its just a second pc for general use I'm wondering if I should try a new PSU. I know this could be caused by a number of things, including temperatures, ram, mobo, etc, and I wouldn't want to spend a lot but if a small psu and maybe new ram would keep her going it would be worth it, and if not I wouldn't be out a lot of coin.

I'd be interested in any thoughts, I have no experience with the 775 era technology and wouldn't know what to look for or stay away from as far as components go.

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July 22, 2013 7:04:49 AM

Let it go and get yourself a new rig as secondary.
in my opinion, it is not worth the price of trying to get that P4 rig back to live.

Your main rig is already powerful and I would recommend as a second one less powerful but consumes very little power.
How do you like Haswell build using the iGPU or why not getting a not so expensive laptop as secondary system?
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July 22, 2013 7:11:32 AM

Your problem might be caused by mosfet or capacitor failure on the motherboard, or just the CPU gave up or numerous things I could speculate.

I would suggest for you to get a Pentium G (Sandy, Ivy or Haswell) for 50/60 bucks, a mobo for 60/70 (depending on what prices you find the sandy/ivy might be a better bang for the buck), then 50 for 8 gb of RAM, throw in a new 350W (or 400W for future upgrades) PSU for 50 and you are up to a total of 230 to 250 (with some extras that you would like) and have a surfing/media/very light gaming machine that will hopefully last another 8.
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July 22, 2013 7:24:03 AM

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Let it go and get yourself a new rig as secondary.
in my opinion, it is not worth the price of trying to get that P4 rig back to live.


Precisely my original plan, which was why I didn't do anything a year ago. But then I opened her up and got the itch to tinker....

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I would suggest for you to get a Pentium G (Sandy, Ivy or Haswell) for 50/60 bucks, a mobo for 60/70 (depending on what prices you find the sandy/ivy might be a better bang for the buck), then 50 for 8 gb of RAM, throw in a new 350W (or 400W for future upgrades) PSU for 50 and you are up to a total of 230 to 250 (with some extras that you would like) and have a surfing/media/very light gaming machine that will hopefully last another 8.


Hmmm, now that's an interesting idea......
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July 22, 2013 7:29:58 AM

I got a Pentium G840 in an ASrock mobo, with 8 gigs of RAM and an Asus ENGT520 (basically GT520 with passive cooling) with a 350W Fortron PSU. Runs 2 monitors + TV with no problems. Does some light gaming ala League Of Legends, Star Wars: The old republic, etc. It even does decent Photoshopping and Premier Pro when I do Maya renders on my main rig. Despite their low price, the Pentium Gs are a snappy little devils. Good luck

P.S: Forgot to mention that the Haswell Pentium Gs are scheduled for Q3 of 2013.
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July 22, 2013 8:35:59 AM

I had actually been pricing g-series based machines to replace this one when it died, I had a total ivy bridge system in the low 400 buck range.

Now I'm thinking I'll just buy the cpu - mobo - psu - ram (and os) and try to frankenmachine it. If it doesn't work I can just finish getting all new parts (hdd/optical drive/case)

I'm assuming even the onboard graphics on a g-series chip will handle anything that old x600 was doing.
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July 22, 2013 10:10:17 AM

>> I'm assuming even the onboard graphics on a g-series chip will handle anything that old x600 was doing.

That and even more. Actually quite a bit more, except when there is an Intel driver issue. The Intel HD should be 200/300% faster in some cases.
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July 22, 2013 11:13:47 AM

Alright then, we have a plan.

Thanks Shneiky, and guanyu, for the help!
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