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October 25, 2008 10:45:46 PM

I have some old parts laying around from my brother's computer. I just built him a new computer, so I kept everything from his old one to make up for the $800 I spent on him.

All I need is a motherboard though, sock 478 with an AGP 8x port.

I'm just looking to spend around $70, at the very limit, $100. His old motherboard was an Aopen and that thing lasted forever before crapping out. Only thing is they don't even make that board anymore.

So that's what I am looking for.

Also, his old PowerColor Radeon 8500 still works pretty good, only thing is the fan is going out on it. Does anyone know of a good replacement fan, or even a replacement heatsink, though I have no idea how to pull off the original one.

Well, thanks in advance.


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October 26, 2008 12:29:30 AM

Yeah, I don't think you're going to find many after market cooling fans for the 8500. This might fit

It's what I used to cool and overclock my old Geforce 256. This cooler is suppose to support the Radeon 8500 though

Of course both are currently out of stock at the egg. The latter seems to have many people suggesting to drill in holes to suit your card, not really a good sign. If you take off the fan you should see a little sticker on the back. If you peel it back you can probably add some oil to it, such as the zoom oil they have at Home Depot. Of course if part of the ball bearing is damaged it won't fix that, but at least it will spin. It will also have a bit of vibration from passing over the balls that don't move. Instead of investing in a socket 478 board though you're better off getting this combo and a heatsink for it

Since you probably have DDR Ram you can still use that along with the case and drives. Yeah socket 754 is an outdated socket, but so is 478. The CPU in this combo is likely faster than the CPU that was taken out of that dead board you have.