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July 22, 2012 4:33:25 PM

I have had my motherboard fry a second time. Same board.....so, I plan o an upgrade...but just not sure what one is compatible.

I had an ASUS M3N78PRO (AMD2) Socket 940

Chip is a AMD Phenom Quad Core
DDR 2 Corsair RAM (4G all together)

Any help with a motherboard upgrade for these items is appreciated. If any further info is needed, let me know. TY!
a c 435 V Motherboard
July 22, 2012 10:14:55 PM

Need the model number of the quad core; check craigslist for used boards if you want to use your old ddr2; mine had an asus sli for $35 today. You will have difficulty finding them new except maybe on ebay.
July 23, 2012 2:10:19 AM

AMD PhenomII
HDZ955FBK4DGM
CACAC AC 1139BPA
9U90351I10624

That is what is on the chip itself.
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July 23, 2012 2:59:18 PM

o1die said:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ECS-IC780M-A-AM2-AM3-DDR2-SATAI... (affordable, but may not come with a backplate)

You can also switch to ddr3 for an extra $20 and sell your old ddr2; then you'll have plenty of am3+ boards to choose from.


The memory? Can you give me examples if possible? Thanks for your help so far btw. :p 

Suppose I should also add that my current PS is a Thermatake 860W. GPU is a GeForce 9800GT.

I am pretty behind the curve gaming-wise. But had little difficulty playing games like Skyrim (On Medium/High, EMPIRE:Total War, etc.
a c 435 V Motherboard
July 23, 2012 4:36:45 PM

Yes. The thermaltake 860w should be plenty for your new parts.
July 23, 2012 4:38:32 PM

o1die said:
Yes. The thermaltake 860w should be plenty for your new parts.


Any GPU suggestions for a reasonable price and upgrade? Willing to spend up to $200. Perhaps a bit more.

Thanks a ton for all your help and quick responses. GREATLY appreciated!
a c 435 V Motherboard
July 23, 2012 6:25:53 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use the agility 3 ssd; had no issues with it. I highly recommend it for a boot device. You may clone your old drive if the files are small enough, or do a fresh install of windows basic files. The trick is to use only one drive at a time while installing windows. When you're finished, boot up with the ssd, and install your old drive while windows is running. Windows will set up the old drive as a secondary device and if you're running the same version of windows on both drives, you should have no problems accessing your files.
August 6, 2012 8:27:29 PM

Ok O1die...I have a questions and problems.

So I got the parts you mentioned in this thread.. But...I've discovered the power hookup on the new MB is a 24 pin connector, and my current PS is 20 pin. Is their an adapter you can get? Or do I need to just get a 24 pin PS?

Secondly....the CPU fan was stupid hard to get on this MB....I F'ed up and bent a few pins on the CPU...on the outside. After my turrets fit...I managed to delicately bend them back and it fit fine in the MB where it is suppose to go and locked down. Will it be ok or no and now I'll need to get a new CPU??

August 6, 2012 8:28:44 PM

And can I use both the HDD and SDD? Or one or the other only?
a c 435 V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 8:57:31 PM

You may use a 20 pin connector on a 24 pin board; leave the 4 pins on the end open; it only fits one way with the clip side lined up with the notch on the board. You may use the ssd with your hardrive; just install the ssd separate or clone it and install the leftover drive while windows is running. Do not have both drives connected while you do a fresh windows install. It's not necessary and may cause the ssd to not be found. Just try the cpu with the bent pins; it either works or doesn't.
August 7, 2012 5:09:31 PM

Sigh....nothing can ever just work out.

So....I have everything hooked up...BUT....I have no drive to put the CD in for the MB CD because one is broke, and the other (A DVD) drive...looks like it has no hookups that go to the new MB.

It has the old MB hookups...a ribbon ASUS one. IDK.....

Do I need t buy a newer model CD drive or something? Or is their an alternate cord I can buy?
August 8, 2012 6:20:23 PM

Sorry to keep bugging you with questions, but almost there!

My PC is running...so the CPU is working, thank God....but my on screen graphics look like they do prior to installing drivers. I couldn't use the disk that came with the MB because my current CD ROM drive doesn't have the proper connections to use it...so I grabbed the drivers online and installed, as well as the latest (Or so I think) GPU drivers. Still looks like crap.

Was wondering if it could have something to do with the drivers for the OS being 64 bit, and my GPU being 32 bit? Not sure what the deal is. Still working on it, but any suggestions would be appreciated. You've been a big help thus far.
August 9, 2012 3:01:17 PM

o1die said:
Go to the control panel and uninstall all the video devices before installing the latest nvidia file. Here's a recommended driver from a support forum: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_x64_185.85_whql.html



I think my GPU may be incompatible with the MB (GeForce 9800GT).
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