Replacement Motherboard Advice

Hi All,

I would greatly appreciate advice on choosing a replacement motherboard for my existing system. The motherboard stopped working a few weeks ago and I had hoped it would be the start of a first self build project, but alas (for various reasons) it is not to be. I need to get the PC back up and running sooner rather than later so for now it's just a motherboard replacement.

The PC was an off-the-shelf job about 4 years ago. I am comfortable working inside a PC case and have replaced many of the components before such as memory and hard drive. However, I have to admit to being a bit lost when it comes to chipsets and socket types!

This is the motherboard that needs replacing

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?CategoryID=1&DetailID=493&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=24&LanID=9

I am not in to PC gaming or video editing, so do not need high-end graphics performance. It does need to be good enough to support a couple of virtual machines running (which I use for software testing). Other than the VM's, the pc is used for general home office work, media streaming, viewing photos etc...

Any specific motherboard/processor recommendations greatly appreciated!

Thanks.
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  1. The easiest fix would be to replace the board with another board of the same kind.
    http://www.pcplanetsystems.com/abc/product_details.php?category_id=119&item_id=689
    But 939 socket boards are old and hard to find. If not here, maybe someplace like eBay.

    On the otherhand, you may find it less expensive to just replace both board and CPU (and maybe memory if necessary).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007623&IsNodeId=1&name=Motherboard%20%2f%20CPU%20%2f%20VGA%20Combo
  2. Thanks for your help.

    I will probably replace both board and CPU.

    How do I know which CPU to go for? Sempron? Atom? I3? I5? I7?

    And will my existing graphics card work with the new motherboard?

    I had a look at the newegg link you provided, but they all look like mini form factors. The board I'm replacing is a standard ATX? Doesn't the new board need to be the same size???

    Thanks again.
  3. I apologize. That was a poor choice of a link to send you. I was after the least expensive package you could buy that came with both board and CPU combined. After looking at the link a bit better, I think you would be better off buying a separate Intel based, 1155 socketed board and a separate Intel i3-21xx processor for your needs. The i-Core CPU has on-board graphics that are quite good for most everyday tasks short of gaming. Matched with a board that has video out on its back panel that matches your monitor's connection, you probably won't even need a discrete graphics card.
    1155 Socket Boards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600093976&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20
    i3-21xx Processors: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%2050001157%20600005584%20600095610&IsNodeId=1&name=LGA%201155

    The i3-21xx CPUs are dual core (don't waste your money on a single core today) that have Hyper-Threading Technology, effectively making them work as a quad core. They even show up as a quad core in Windows Task Manager. The above choices would provide a starting level system that would be a major improvement over the single core or 1st generation dual core system you have now.

    Btw, if your existing discrete graphics card is a PCIe x16 card, yes, it will also work with the new board if you prefer to use the card in place of the integrated graphics.
    You will, of course, need to invest in new memory sticks with a new board. Because modern boards now use DDR3 memory rather than the DDR you now have.
  4. Thanks for the detailed response.

    I've now chosen a motherboard and processor. A couple of noob questions: do I need to get thermal paste or will some come with the CPU/motherboard? Do I need to get a fan to cool the CPU?

    Thanks again.
  5. New processor (like the ones I linked you to) come with a HSF (cooler) in the package. The HSF has an application of thermal compound already applied that will work fine. Just keep everything clean untill seated on the CPU.
    Unless you plan on O.C.ing your processor, the stock HSF should be sufficient. If OCing is in your plans, then an aftermarket HSF would be advisable.
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