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Replacement for Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L

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July 14, 2010 3:08:55 PM

Hi All,

I need a recommendation to replace my Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L. Within reason price is not an issue but I don't want to replace my CPU/RAM/Video. Replacement could be Gigabyte or other; I'm open.

I've had the GA-EP45-DS3L for 18 months. Seems to be frying my hard drives - 2 died a month ago (boot and backup!); salvaged the backup and rebuilt the image on a new drive. Now I'm getting errors on the new drive and new backup. (Repeated system crashes, restored my BIOS settings, reboot, drives don't show in the BIOS - identical behavior to last time) I don't even want to try and salvage them using this mb.

Thanks for any recommendations.
Jim Landers

Existing system:

ANTEC SOLO ATX mini tower
SeaSonic S12 II SS-380GB 380W

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L intel p45 chipset w/sound, ethernet
INTEL Core 2 Duo e8500
2 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 - 8GB total

Variety of Maxtor, Seagate, WD drives have burned

Maxtor 6L300S0 7200RPM SATA
VisionTek Radeon HD 4870
a c 1131 V Motherboard
July 14, 2010 8:25:50 PM

Are you sure it is your motherboard although Seasonic is a good PSU brand your PSU at 380 watt and 27 amps on the +12 volt rail is a little low for your setup.
July 15, 2010 1:12:49 AM

Thanks - and my mistake - I had replaced that original PSU with a Liberty Enermax 620 watt about 12 months ago
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July 15, 2010 2:08:12 AM

thanks! I will review and choose one tomorrow