After many years of dedicated service, my motherboard has died, and taken the old P4 cpu with it.
I'm after recommendations for a new motherboard and cpu to fit it with my still functioning case and drives, etc. as I'm on an extremely tight (read, non-existent ) budget.
I've been out of the game for so long now, I know nothing of the newer processors, etc.
I don't game anymore, just "productivity" stuff, so I don't need to bonkers on any of the specs.
I have on hand:
-ATX case (Antec Sonata)
-Antec True 380s 380W PSU
-an AGP video card that I will sacrifice for a new PCIe card.
-1G of DDR400 RAM that I am also willing to sacrifice, if it cannot find a home in the new motherboard.
I am considering purchasing the CPU/Motherboard as a combo from TigerDirect.ca (there does seem to be a price-break when buying them together), and they have a retail store close-by.
A couple of thoughts about the new board:
-I have big, clumsy hands so perhaps an ATX-sized ATX board would be best.
-The last CPU was genuine Intel, and it worked great, so I am willing to pay a premium for reliability. But I'm flexible. (I'm not looking at a quad core probably, anyway )
-I am hoping NOT to have to do a clean install of XP (i will first try the "repair" route) but I do have my XP disc if needs be. Not sure if this would affect a CPU/Motherboard choice.
-On-board video, though not needed, may be good to have in case a video card packs it in and there's none on-hand to swap-in(been through that before).
Any help, manufacturer recommendations, or advice is greatly appreciated.
A 'repair install' is worth trying first. Just be sure to have all your personal data backed up.
Can you get a more detailed description of the PSU? Maybe model number of the power supply?
Case should be OK. Your new motherboard might have just connections for just 2 IDE devices - like 1 DVD burner and 1 HD.
Can you give more realistic guidance on your budget?
The CPUs are evenly matched in each price range. The Intel G41 motherboard has a decent integrated video chip and is certainly adequate for any type of productivity software. The AMD 785G motherboard has a better integrated video chip. And the AMD MB has what I think are better future upgrade options if thats important to you.
Thanks for the link on the PSU. It's an older model and it's probably more correct to say its a 360W PSU for the more modern motherboards and CPUs. You can probably use it to power your system safely.
How old is that PSU?