Mobo Died.... New SocketA Mobo & VideoCard OR modern mobo/cpu?

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  1. MadEmperor

    MadEmperor meh OT Supporter

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    My father's computer just died, and I'm fairly confident it's the Motherboard. The mobo is a Socket A (Abit NF7) with a good integrated video card and audio unlike most available at the time.

    Choice 1 Mobo <-link
    Buy the only Socket A motherboard I could find looks like a complete POS w/o integrated video..... which means I would have to buy a cheapie AGP card.

    Choice 2
    Modern Mobo with integrated graphics (decent video, no intel trash) & replace the CPU since mine won't work. Oh, and buy a new heatsink since I'm sure his won't work on a new CPU (was a nice $35 copper one) :wtc:


    Opinions?
     
  2. eideteker

    eideteker Who jarked off in my frakkin' coffee? OT Supporter

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    I would never consider a PC Chips motherboard an option. Presumably, this system has DDR SDRAM; any "modern" board you get will not support this memory so you'll have to replace that as well. You'll easily have $200 tied up in a new CPU, motherboard, and memory. A new CPU should include a heatsink/fan.

    Personally, I'd roll the dice and look for another Abit NF7. It looks like there are a couple new on eBay. If your father doesn't do a lot of really CPU- or graphics-intensive stuff, this would be the most economical way to go.
     
  3. Doomsday

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    fuck the old one, get new.
    less hassle imo
     
  4. CrazyInteg

    CrazyInteg Honda-Acura.net OG

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    I recently went through the whole socket A motherboard ordeal. IT SUCKS trying to find a replacement motherboard. I don't know why they are so hard to find. I eventually found one with the features I wanted, but it took awhile.

    Still have 3 computers on socket A going strong.

    My biggest hurdle is video card / RAM. If you want good graphic performance you'll need a video card instead of onboard. New motherboard will require new cpu and new ram. So the cost difference is huge between just looking for a replacement socket a board or upgrading to AM2 or whatever.
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I have an Asus socket A motherboard that I don't need, but it's a full-size ATX board.
     

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