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Do I need a new mother board, and if so, which one?

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December 28, 2009 3:35:44 AM

Do I need a new mother board, and if so, which one?

I have:
ECS P4M890T-M2, Pentium D 2.8Ghz, 2G DDR2 Ram (2 1 gig Dims 533/400), GeForce 6200LE 128M DDR

My wife and I were watching a DVD when video kicked out BUT audio kept going. After as much testing as I can do I know that the monitor and the cable are both fine but I cannot restore video. Yes, I cleared the CMOS. Yes I tried to physically install a new card. Yes, I tried to run the computer with the motherboards onboard video. No, I have not tested the old video card (GeForce 6200LE 128M DDR ) in another machine.

Questions:
1.) Am I I the market for a new motherboard?

2.) If so, I am trying to get a decent one AND a good budget video card (for gaming) and keep the total cost as close to under $100 as possible. Any Suggestions?

3.) I could be persuaded to get a new CPU as well as long as the total cost is close to under $150. But minimum CPU is Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz/AMD Athlon X2 5200+. Again, any suggestions?

PS: When I say gaming, I mean that my wife got me Star Wars: the Force Unleashed for Christmas and she wants me to play it and wants to play it herself.

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December 28, 2009 3:44:02 AM

Just to clarify.

For question 2 the goal is to keep the CPU and the memory and just change the motherboard and video card.

for question 3 I would like to keep the memory.
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December 28, 2009 3:47:13 AM

Just to Clarify,

For question 2 i want to keep the same processor and memory, for question 3 iwant to keep the same memory.
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December 28, 2009 1:22:05 PM

This will be hard........

Primarily due to the fact that the latest budget motherboards do not support any RAM speeds lower than 667Mhz anymore......

AsRock G41

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It will run your processor but not your RAM. You might really need to change that RAM.
December 28, 2009 1:46:57 PM

Hmm...so far I am kinda leaning towards the AMD solution provided earlier. it will actually support my RAM which is one of my goals.
December 28, 2009 3:59:51 PM

Also, I take it that at this point a new MB is my ONLY OPTION? Seeing as how i cant see what i am doing when i boot?
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