Replacing motherboard - advice please

  Jem 17:41 29 Dec 2010

I have been grappling with a problem on my 5-yr old PC and its symptoms have changed from intermittent "switch-off" to total absence of any graphics output. Having tried a new graphics card (made no difference), I have been told this is probably a motherboard problem. I am therefore looking to rebuild the PC around a new motherboard and would welcome advice on what to get.

The existing MB is an MSI K8N Neo4 Series (MS-7125). It has an AMD Athlon 3800 dual core processor, 3GB of RAM, an ATI Radeon 850 pro graphics card, a Soundblaster X-Fi Fatality sound card and a 300W PSU. (I also own a 650W PSU). The case is a mid-tower (originally from Evesham). The PC only has SATA 1 although I have a SATA 2 1TB drive plus 2 250GB SATA1 drives one of which is the boot drive.

My initial thinking is to end up with a PC as good or preferably better than currently but reuse (within reason) as many of the existing components. I was thinking however of replacing the CPU at the same time as the m/b. However, it may be that the changes in 5 years make many of my components obsolete so I suppose it may be better to start again?

Any advice welcome!

  gengiscant 17:46 29 Dec 2010

You might be better looking a something like here
I assume you are not a gamer so something like the above might be an alternative to trying to match components, which brings into play compatibility issues.

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