New mobo, where do i start?

my motherboard died and im looking to get it replaced. I dont know where to begin. After finding the appropriate size, would the next consideration be the processor? can i swap the old one into the new mobo?

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 5600+ for TRUE multi-tasking
• 2.8GHz, 1MB + 1MB L2 Cache, 2000Hz System Bus
NVIDIA nForce 430
Standard memory
3072GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory (2x1024MB & 2x512MB for ultimate performance) (expandable to 8GB)
Memory type
Memory slots
4 DIMM (240-pin, DDR2) (occupied)
Internal drives
Internal hard disk drive
Hard disk controller
SATA hard drive
Hard disk drive speed
(7200 rpm)
Optical drive type
SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
Optical drive speed
16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW,, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, 8x DVD-R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 32x CDRW, 40x CD-ROM
System features
Memory card device
15in1 memory card reader
56k modem
Network interface
Ethernet 10/100/1000BT integrated network interface
Video adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Graphics with TurboCache with 128MB dedicated graphics memory. Up to 623MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows Vista®
Video RAM
Compatible interactive TV services
NTSC TV tuner, over-the-air ATSC high-definition television tuner, and FM tuner (antenna included)
Internal audio
High Definition Audio, 8 speaker configurable
HP Keyboard
Handheld remote control
HP Media Center remote control with IR (infrared) receiver
External drive bays
2 external 5.25" (one available)
External I/O ports
6 USB 2.0 port(s), 2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) port(s), Microphone/Headphone; S-Video; Composite Video; Audio inputs (L & R), Microphone/Line-in/Line-out (back), 2 PS/2; Digital Audio-out; LAN; Rear speaker-out/Side speaker-out/Center (subwoofer); VGA-out;
Expansion slots
2 PCI slots (occupied), 1 PCI Express x16 slot slot(s) (occupied)

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  1. its an hp so it dying doesnt surprise me in the least

    this is the only mobo that fits the bill on newegg but it has 2 less dimm slots

    if you look on ebay look for socket am2 micro atx form factor and look for 4 dimm slots
  2. trinity apus just came out you might want to think about getting a new processor and motherboard
  3. I had the exact same CPU. It's not compatible with the newer AM3/3+ boards. AM2 motherboards are not for sale any more, unless you get them second hand. I would not spend money on one right now, but if you are not interested in upgrading, I suppose it's worth your while.
  4. thanks for the info...guess ill upgrade.. this will be my 1st build...
  5. any suggestions? i dont do any gaming, pretty much my wife uses it for her pictures (which do some editing on) and my music library, and i'll watch some movies of it...
  6. processor



    there not a lot of heat sinks that are fm2 compatible yet, but im sure in the next week or so there will be a huge selection
  7. you might have to upgrade your optical drive if it isnt sata
  8. Work out a total budget, then we can make some recommendations. You can go for a fairly entry-level system since you don't have intensive usage requirement.
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