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June 26, 2009 11:05:10 AM

Hi all

I basically need to get a replacement motherboard and was wondering what would be the best option with a max price of around £70. I have heard that you can purchase the best stuff to plug into it but the motherboard could slow things down so I want to ensure I don't do this with any of my existing hardware.

The replacement will need to house the following;

Pentium D Dual Core 3.4Ghz
2x 2GB Sticks of DDR2 RAM (240-pin)
At least one IDE port and one SATA port.
PCI Expressx16 slot (for a GTS250 1GB)

Power Supply is a 20/24 pin 580W

Also, my current one is a Micro ATX board but there does seem to be a couple of inches space beneath it in the case although I'm not sure if this would allow for a normal sized board...

Ideally, it would need to be purchasable in a PC World but will order online of the choice/cost is too poor.

Many thanks in advance..
June 26, 2009 11:19:49 AM

Gigabyte and Asus have the best reputations IMHO. I may be hard to find a current MB that supports a Pentium D, as those CPUs have not been sold for a few years now. Note that the "Pentium D" is a completely different CPU than the current "Pentium Dual Core" CPU series. The latter are just versions of the Core2Duo line.

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June 26, 2009 12:47:32 PM

The asus P5KPL-cm lists support for your 3.4 p4 dual core. It's a g31 chipset micro atx board, so it should be easy to find and inexpensive.
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June 26, 2009 2:41:55 PM

Thanks, had a look and it looks good. I'll try and get it in.
June 27, 2009 9:36:30 PM

All ordered now, seemed to be the best of the options and for less than I was hoping to pay anyway. Only downside is I have to wait until Tuesday for delivery. PC World are sooo overpriced and the choice is unbelievable small.

Same goes for Maplins. The didn't even sell a compatible Intel motherboard, they were all Athlons.

Thanks again.
June 28, 2009 12:24:40 AM

most LGA775 boards do, athrough I bet they wouldn't like it much ;) 
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