I have come to the conclusion that my mobo has died after 3-4 years of happy service, my question is about replacing it - should i buy exactly the same board again (seems the safest because i know it works with the components) or is there a newer alternative that may be more appropriate - I'm not even certain that my old board is available anymore.
any advice on what to take into account when buying a new board or what might be a good board for my other hardware would be great.
Go to asus website and determine your old board's chipset model number. You may find that getting the same board is too expensive. Amazon had an Intel board with 4 ram slots cheaper than most other makes and models.
It's a matter of saving your windows files. Often windows will reinstall to a new board after a few reboots, but it's still a crapshoot. Do you overclock? If not, then one of the low end boards make more sense. The better asus boards are mostly used and overpriced in my opinion. The Intel boards on amazon are about the only new ones with 4 ram slots; one even has an hdmi port but uses ddr3. You could sell your old ddr2 and upgrade to ddr3 which would give you a newer board. I use craigslist sometimes for older boards, or computer geeks.
I dont mind reinstalling & have migrated everything I wanted off the computer so that's not an issue - I'll boot fresh from CD and format the HD.
I dont overclock & it is looking to be expensive to move up to a next gen board - basically i would just like to find a board that allows me to keep my other existing hardware. I will probably upgrade the whole rig in a couple of years so not really looking for upgrade potential.
So can i clarify... If i can find a board that has:
the pci express 2.0 x16 for my graphics card
2 slots of DDR2 for my dual channel sticks of ram?
Socket 775 for my e8400 processor
will that guarantee that my existing hardware should work together on the new board? is there anything else i need to take into consideration while finding a board to get? (thanks for your help by the way!)
OKAY my final push towards getting a mobo myself, i've found a different p45 chipset mobo that seems to support my needs, before i buy it can anyone spot any reason why it would not work with my hardware? (bear in mind i'm very new at building pcs and may have missed something fundamental!) Forget the earlier posted mobos, they are supplied by dodgier sites without warranty.
should that work with my e8400 cpu, 9800gtx+ gfx, and 2x2gb ddr2 corsair dominator pair? it is ATX which is what i need - i cant see anything that would stop me buying that board or anything else i need. Any help or support would be great as i've never bought a mobo solo before