This past week I was having problems with random freezes and eventually a refusal of the Mobo to POST. After trying everything I knew, I took it to a repair shop who tested all components and told me that he was 99% sure that the problem was the North Bridge was getting extremely hot, likely do to a bad solder joint or something.
Therefore, I'm in the market for a new one and was wondering if you guys could suggest a few. I'm not a huge gamer or do anything extremely taxing on a PC, I would like a Mobo for <$100 that will allow me to reasonably upgrade in the future.
Here are the PC stats:
420W NZXT PSU
160GB SATA-II 7200 HD
MSI K9N Neo 550 MB
EVGA 8600GT 256
AMD x2 3800 CPU
2x1GB Corsair DDR2 800 RAM
I recommend the corsair 650 watt for $99.99 before $20 rebate. And for motherboards, newegg lists 3 am3 ready motherboards, in case you want to get one of the new 700 or 800 series phenom II am3 cpus in the future. Fry's already has them in stock. Newegg should have them soon.
Do you guys think an upgraded PSU is necessary right now? Other than the above components, I run three case fans (2x120, 1x80), a memory card reader, a cd/dvdrw combo drive, then some case LEDs and a cold cathode tube (plus some USB devices like a 5.1 surround, usb mouse/kb, etc.).
It may not be worth replacing your PS. I had a similar problem, and replaced a faulty 500w PS with what I had, an old spare 250w one. (On a core duo/8600GT)
Works perfectly, I read somewhere recently the actual wattage used, peak and steady state. Unless you are using high powered gaming rigs, actual wattage is not much more than 125w.