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October 1, 2010 2:26:17 PM

Hey everyone. I dont post often unless I come seeking advice.

I do believe last might after about three years my motherboad seems to have kicked the bucket. On rebooting last night it seems to be stuck on the Gigabyte welcome screen and will only allow me to use the keyboard command to get into the post screen. It finishes the memory check and then nothing...once it said searching for IDE drives and just hung there.

I had a gigabyte GA-p35-ds3l LGA 775 and Im looking for something similar that will work with my components (pasted from my original NewEgg order).

I havent kept up on my motherboard news and products as this machine has been great for the better part of two years.

CPU = Intel Core 2 duo E8400 Wolfdale
GPU = MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (suits my purposes for now)
Ram = G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

The system currently was running Vista Home 64, but I will be picking up a new HD and installing WIndows 7 fresh and clean, and using the exisiting HD as justa slave drive.


Im not looking to break the bank and would like to salvage most of my parts if I can. I wasnt looking to build a whole new rig at the moment, bu i do need help in finding a new motherboard to work with what I have

Thank you in advance
Craig
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October 1, 2010 3:12:30 PM

I misread question; REPLACEMENT MOBO. This will take some research to verify both CPU and RAM is certified and or tested for a new MOBO.

Please post the Exact part-number or link to RAM. Not ALL RAM will work with all / even similar 775 MOBOs.

Ans - Upgrading:
In general, the only {older} components that "survive" {can be used} are the Case, PSU, and GPU. Most new MOBO's require DDR3 RAM, New CPU, and in turn 400-500W+ PSU. Further, because of the limits of an older GPU it often also gets left behind.

That said, next you'll need to state a budget for at least: CPU, RAM, MOBO. In addition, what is the model & wattage of the current PSU
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October 1, 2010 7:42:40 PM

sorry was at work and didnt have access to my old newegg order: The Ram i have is

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

this is (was) my motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128059
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October 1, 2010 11:34:34 PM

1. Did you clear CMOS and see?

2. Did you try to boot off of a Live CD without the IDE drives installed?

A long while ago, I ran in to a dead IDE drive that would not allow the PC to boot. After removing the drive, I was able to boot in to it perfectly fine and install XP (this was back in the day ~2005ish btw).

Btw, that was one hell of a good board by Gigabyte. I still have one running with a OCed E2180.

If all else fails, you should get a good board like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L G41 mATX, ~$60.

PS: DO OC it once you get everything sorted out.
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October 2, 2010 12:17:52 AM

I was away for a while. Here are a few options for you to review. I would recommend the GA-EP43-UD3L (v1.3), both CPU & RAM are 100% tested for the MOBO, and it will be very easy to transition; just connect your HDD and update the drivers.

Compliment MOBO {CPU & RAM:}:

CPU - Intel Core™ 2 Duo E8400
RAM - F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

GA-G41M-ES2L - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...
New Egg $57 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL - http://gskill.com/configurator2.php?pid=2&model=1100

GA-EP43-UD3L (v1.3) - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...
New Egg $80 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL - http://gskill.com/configurator2.php?pid=2&model=1085

ASUS P5N-D - http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=yQYfAtkxxZMjR79G
New Egg $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL {could not 100% confirm } - http://gskill.com/products.php?index=46 {states nVidia n7xx I (For Intel series) is supported}

{last value is minimum BIOS revision}
Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2:
Intel Core™ 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz 6MB Wolfdale 45nm C0 65W 1333 F6
Intel Core™ 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz 6MB Wolfdale 45nm E0 65W 1333 F6

Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L (v1.3):
Intel Core™ 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz 6MB Wolfdale 45nm C0 65W 1333 F1
Intel Core™ 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz 6MB Wolfdale 45nm E0 65W 1333 F1

ASUS:
Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W,rev.E0) ALL 0701
Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.C0) ALL 0107

Good Luck!
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October 2, 2010 12:37:27 AM

+1 on the UD3L, but imo, unless going for a high OC, it's overkill esp. on a dead socket.
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