my 4 year old pc needs new motherboard

  bambuko 18:20 01 Dec 2008

I have been using this PC since Oct 2004 and it was fine until one day motherboard decided to stop working ...
Everything else is still fine, so it would seem shame to throw it away and get totally new toy (not to mention the fact, that since my retirement money is rather tight) so I am considering getting new motherboard.
Not sure whether I am making correct choices, so would be grateful for advice
btw my main use of PC (apart from the usual interent, e-mail etc) is for paintshop graphics and cad work.

MSI KT6 Delta-FISR KT600 (Oct 2004)
DDR400 X8 AGP/Gigabit LAN/USB2/IEEE1394/S-ATA RAID/6CH Sound /FSB400
AMD Athlon XP3200+ 400FSB 512Cache (Oct 2004)
2x CT12864Z40B, 16TDY 1GB 184-PIN UNBUFF DIMM 128MX64 DDR (nov 2007)
graphic card:
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 AGPx8 128MB DDR Dual VGA VIVO DVI (Oct 2004)
Western Digital WD1200JD 120GB 7200RPM SATA/150 8MB Cache (Oct 2004)
NEC ND-3500 Double Layer Dual 16x DVD R/RW - OEM Black (Oct 2004)
Samsung 52x CD-ROM Internal IDE (Oct 2004)
Tagan TG480-U01 (Oct 2006)
Antec SLK3700 BQE Solution Series Atx (Oct 2004)

Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 Socket AM2 Nvidia MCP55P PCI-E 8 Channel audio
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Socket AM2 2.6GHz Energy Efficient L2 1MB (2x512KB) Cache
click here
graphics card:
Inno3D 8600GT 256MB 128bit DDR3 DVI PCI-E
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2GBx2, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300
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total cost: £181.08

I would appreciate any comments

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:55 01 Dec 2008

How do you know the motherboard is broken?

If you change motherboard CPU and memory then you will need to re register windows if you have an OEM copy they will not reactivate it and you will need to purchase a new copy of windows.

  bambuko 19:06 01 Dec 2008

thanks Fruit Bat,
It started with occasional booting problems, and gradually got worse, to the point that now it even doesn't start booting :-(
Tried borrowed motherboard using my original cpu and it boots fine, had psu tested (OK), HDD is fine when plugged into another box, so afaik it kind of narrows it down to motherboard - but I am open to any suggestions :-)

  lofty29 19:26 01 Dec 2008

Had the same problem with an MSI M/B a few years ago, turned out that MSI had built a load of boards with sub-standard capacitors, they were ordered in states to provide replacements for them even though some were out of warranty, did not apply to any other countries though. Been a bit wary of MSI since.

  Gongoozler 19:53 01 Dec 2008

Have a look at the motherboard bundles at Novatech click here. They offer very good value for a tested motherboard - CPU - Heatsink and memory set. I have used a few to upgrade computers that have failed in similar ways to yours and have been very pleased with them.

  bambuko 19:54 01 Dec 2008

thanks lofty29,
My google searches came back with similar info about the symptoms I have experienced (see: click here)
I think it wasn't just MSI, but it reaffirms my belief that I need new motherboard, hence the plea for advice about my choices :-)

  bambuko 19:55 01 Dec 2008

thanks Gongoozler,
that's a very good link!
I will study it now :-)

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