A couple of days ago, I was replacing the PSU and graphics card in my computer and I somehow managed to break my mobo. I tried some troubleshooting on my own and ended up taking my computer to a local computer repair store. They verified that I indeed killed my mobo. The repairman said that he could get a replacement mobo for ~$160 through his suppliers. He cites the high price is caused by my current mobo having 4 ram slots and that a 2-ram-slot mobo would be ~$60. I told him that I would find my own mobo and get back in touch.
I am looking for some advice on a new mobo. My old motherboard was an ASUS P5QL-VM EPU and I am not sure if I should get another P5QL or different brand/model. I am not completely educated on what all to look for in a mobo, but I know that I need a MicroATX with 4 ram slots so I do not lose any ram and a PCIe x16 (2.0 preferred, not necessary) slot for the graphics card I bought recently.
This looks like a decent board, assuming you only have SATA drives and a newer monitor (no 15 pin VGA port). The reviews are like most, some love it; some hate it. If I was building a pc for just media, I think this board would do great. If I was building a gaming pc, I'd keep looking.
I run my monitor with DVI, so lack of VGA is fine and my drives are SATA. I am a poor college student and I do some gaming, but I am not looking for anything at, or near, the cutting edge. Glad to hear your thoughts!