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April 22, 2012 7:55:55 AM

Hey,

Recently two MSI LGA 775 mobos crapped out. So I have a spare e4300 (can be OC'ed to 3.7Ghz), e2200 (can be OC'ed to 3.3Ghz) and about 8 GB of DDR 2 (4x2GB) 800 RAM.

I'm not one to waste, but I've noticed a signifigant lack of LGA 775 mobos here. Only have the DDR3 variety here.

I'm going to America at the end of the year, I can order one now, wait for relatives in America to keep it until I arrive in case they run out of stock, but it will kill my warranty.

Question is: What should I do? Buy a LGA 775 with DDR2 in America without warranty, buy a LGA 775 mobo in Australia with DDR3 but with warranty or scrap it and buy a new cheap CPU + mobo + RAM?

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April 22, 2012 8:11:40 AM

If you have a tight budget, a new DDR3 mobo and DDR3 ram would not cost as much as you may think, it would also give a good boost to your system. The cost of a DDR2 mobo is around the same as a DDR3 mobo (with a wider selection) and DDR3 ram is dirt cheap. With DDR3 @1333MHz you would also almost double your ram frequency (speed).

On the other hand if you do have a larger budget you could go with the second option.
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April 22, 2012 8:53:00 AM

Problem is, most LGA 775 motherboards only support DDR3-800 and 1066, possibly 1333 if I overclock.

I just don't want to waste the DDR2 I have. I know 4GB of DDR3 is about $25, but that's still 50% more than just paying $50 for a mobo.
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April 22, 2012 9:05:47 AM

I'd upgrade. While repairing your rig might still serve your needs, you'll be happy with the increased speed of an upgrade. When your EOL rig dies it's always a sign to upgrade :) 
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April 22, 2012 2:25:35 PM

I don't know much about what the market translates to in terms of Australias market, but I know its annoying to scrap perfectly good parts, unfortunately, its almost always more cost effective and advantageous in performance to scrap the dinosaur and start fresh.
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April 22, 2012 2:39:21 PM

I'd price an intel I3 based solution (I3-2120, MB, 8 GB ram) and see how it compares to getting a new lga775 soln. Performance will be substantially different.

Alternatively, EBAY is the answer for lga775 ddr2 MBs.
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