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MB Dead,,,have to rebuild...NEED ADVICE...PLEASE HELP!!

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December 30, 2008 6:47:40 PM

I posted this a couple days ago and got some great advice,,,just want to try one more time to confirm my decisions.

Ok I am reaching out for some help and advice. I had a home built system with the following components listed below.

1) Antec Nine Hundred Case

2) Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe MB - DEAD!!

3) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+

4) MSI Geforce 7900 GS 256MB PCI-E x Video Card

5) 3GB Kingston PC3200 DDR400

6) 2 x 500GB Hard Drives

7) 2 x DVD+RW plextor 708A and a sony dru-820a

8) Ultra ULT31852 X2 X-Connect 550W Power Supply

9) 2 x 20" Samsung Monitors w/ DVI connections but I also have a 26" LG LCD 26lc2r that I can use instead

10) Plan on running vista

Long story short I had to ship the computer and in shipping the MB was damaged from what I have been told because now the computer will not boot or go to Bios or what ever it doesn't do when the MB is dead. This info is from a trusted source. So that said,,,I have been living off my laptop
and it is beginning to take a toll on it.

What I am asking is can anybody tell me what I should do given the current components out there,,,I have been out of the loop for a bit and don't know whats out there now.

1) do I look for a refurbished MB or is there a comparable one to it that is still being made?

2) Are any of the components worth saving and just reconfiguring the system with some new parts?

3) Do I just start over with the latest and greatest?

My Requirements:

1) Most speed and overall performance for the money.......on the net and when just multitasking at home

2) able to play any the latest games,,,I am not playing any multiplayer anymore and does not have to be flawless just able to play them with a decent picture

3) Would like to not spend more then $5-600...I know that just killed a lot of options. I am a little flexible though if its worth it.

So there it is,,,All suggestions are welcomed

Also,,,,if you recommend starting over,,,is anything I have listed worth posting on ebay?

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December 30, 2008 6:59:36 PM

Are your hard drives SATA? If they are, you could keep those. You could also keep the case, PSU, and optical drives. The only thing to take into consideration is that the new motherboards only have one IDE connector for a total of two devices. You could replace the CPU, motherboard, RAM, & GPU and stay within your budget.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $164.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $136.99 - $20.00 MIR

ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $164.99 - $30.00 MIR

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

Total - $611.95 - $50 MIR's = $561.95

Edit: You could get a little something on e-bay for your old CPU, GPU, and RAM. I just sold an old 7300GT locally for $30.
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