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Dell motherboard quit, so I need a new motherboard and cpu combo

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August 1, 2009 4:45:44 PM

I've been looking for a replacement motherboard because my dell started acting up The fan starts revving up really high Rev's and the system locks up Its weird because I turned the whole computer on its side and now its working But the fan is still occasionally revving up high and then going back down. I reseated the cpu and the heatsink, and that seemed to be a temporary fix.

Anyway, I've been looking for a replacement motherboard/cpu combo for an empty box I have in my closet. I picked the Gigabite GA-MA770-UD3 along with the AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition (it comes with its own heatsink). I also picked 4GB of memory G.SKILL 2x2GB 240 DDR2 SDRAM 1066, and the antec 430 watt power supply (EA430). I'm not rich or anything, and was wondering if this is a good combination for just everyday use and a few heavy duty games. If my old P4 Pentium can run these games, this thing should. Any advise on this stuff, thank you very much ahead of time.
August 1, 2009 4:48:43 PM

The total cost of this, btw is 273.97. Dell wants 187 dollars for a refurbished replacement motherboard. I thought that was too much. I was playing a game called Darkstar One when the Dell quit and started acting up. Its the heaviest game I have.
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August 1, 2009 5:01:13 PM

1. I'm not sure if you will need a new case as the Dell cases have a non ATX pin lay our.

2. No way, screw Dell. DO NOT get a refurb board.

3. If possible pick up a cheap/decent case for ~$20-60 if you don't already have one.

4. Everything else, should work fine.

5. Also, you will need to re install and you MAY need to get a new copy of your OS as the current Dell copy may not activate. If you need an OS grab the Win 7 RC here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/download...

6. Don't forget, you need a GPU if you don't already have one. The UD3 DOESN'T have on board vid.
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August 1, 2009 5:09:48 PM

I have a ati pci express card. A big one. 1900. I can salvage that, and the sound card is a soundblaster. But even if that doesn't work, that motherboard has a built in.

Also, I'm hoping that I can just plug in my hard drive. Its a sata. If microsoft doesn't like the license, maybe I can call them up and explain what happened.
August 1, 2009 5:13:02 PM

If not, I think I even have an old copy of windows xp laying around. Thanks alot for the verification. I was worried about the hardware compatibility.
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August 1, 2009 10:25:42 PM

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But even if that doesn't work, that motherboard has a built in.

GA-MA770-UD3 dosen't have a on board video.

As for the OS/HDD it will not work or even boot right due to different drivers,etc. Try booting in safemode if you have problems. Last solution to this would be to re-install or repair install.
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August 1, 2009 11:15:45 PM

This didn't work for me on my upgrade, but maybe it will for you.
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1755&p...

If you have some more to spend, this would be a great start:

AMD 720x3 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 770 AM3 $65 amir
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill 4gig DDR3 cas 7 1.5-1.6v $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 400w PSU $45 amir
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is $335 - $25 mir.

If thats too much, with the same ram and PSU, get this combo:
AMD 250 and MSI 770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

That total is $274-$25 mir = $249
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