Hi, my brother's PC recently died and I think the reason was because the heatsink/fan died and therefore, the CPU must have burnt out. But I can't seem to remove the heat spreader to see if the die is burnt. I'm not also sure if the motherboard is working or not. Everything else seems ok such as the PSU and drives.
He had an AMD K6-2 500Mhz on a MS5182 mATX motherboard and a mATX case with a 145W PSU I think.
I'm not looking to spend much, probably not over £50 because I just want to get a new CPU, motherboard and heatsink/fan to get his PC up and running again. Also, it would have to be SDRAM I'm afraid because DDR RAM is quite expensive now and I was thinking of getting 512MB myself.
A more expensive option though would be to buy him a new ATX case with a 300W PSU, give him my ECS K75SA motherboard, Duron 1.3Ghz with heatsink/fan and add my 256MB SDRAM to his 128 SDRAM. With the new case for him, I would also buy for myself a new motherboard, 256MB DDR RAM, at least a XP 2100+ and heatsink/fan but I want to keep this as close to £100 if possible.
So can anyone recommend places where I can buy soem cheap bundles for my brother? I was looking at ebay but I have decided to thoroughly check out some reliable companies first.
Hi, I still haven't yet bought something to help fix my brother's PC. I didn't go for the bundle above because he told me that he might like to upgrade it later on and it seems you can't do it with this motherboard. Cheapest alternative I have found at the moment is an ECS motherboard, AMD Thunderbird 1.1Ghz and Coolermaster heatsink/fan for me and then I would give him my ECS motherboard and AMD Duron 1.3Ghz to my brother and buy a ATX case with 300W and that is about £90. Oh yea, is the AMD Thunderbird 1.1Ghz faster than an AMD Duron 1.3Ghz even if it's only on a 200Mhz FSB?