need advice for new computer

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  1. Corp

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    so my 5 year old computer finally died, when i turn it on it won't post, and there is no video. I think i'm gonna have to replace some stuff, the problem is i haven't paid any attention to computer hardware for the past couple of years.

    i took everything out of the computer and put in only what was needed, a video card from another computer, the psu, the cpu + fan, ram, and a hdd. when i turned the computer on there was no change, still no video or post.

    after this I assume it's my motherboard that's dead, anyone else have any other ideas?

    right now the computer looks like this:
    abit nf7-s motherboard
    amd athalon xp 2500+
    512 mb of corsair xms pc3200 ram
    nvidia ti4200 video card

    this has worked just about perfect for everything i need, so i really don't even care much about an upgrade, i want to replace as few parts as possible, since i'm on a college student's budget :o

    what do you guys think the best thing to do would be? i wouldn't be opposed to replacing the motherboard and cpu, as long as it can be done relatively inexpensively(maybe switch over to intel, i've heard that they're kicking amd's ass now :dunno:).

    i'm gonna go try the video card from this computer in another, i'll post what happens in case it helps at all.
     
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    well your cpu ram and mobo are all obsolete... All three would need to be replaced at the same time if the cpu/mobo were bad.

    if the video card was bad you can still find AGP cards to hold you over till you build a new machine.
     
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    looks like the card is at least part of the problem, i tried it in one of my dad's old computers and it didn't work, but i put another one in and it worked.

    my dad said we should at least test the power supply, he said he wanted to check some of the voltages on it. i don't know how to do it, so i have to wait for him to look at it for me.
    anyone think this sounds like it could be a power supply problem?
     
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    nobody?

    does anyone at least have a good suggestion of cpu/mobo/ram combo that's somewhat cheap?(onboard video would be plenty for what i'm looking for)
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You could do a tight setup with an Intel E2180, Gigabyte motherboard with onboard video and memory for around $185.

    E2180 - $88
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052

    Gigabyte GA-G31M - $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128078

    OCZ memory 2gb - $28 after $20 rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227189
     
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