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    What to do for upgrade?

    oh no, i'm pretty sure my motherboard is fried.

    i have a laptop so i'm ok with basic stuff and am in no real rush, but my question would be

    A. - Just replace the motherboard (socket 478)
    about £30-50

    or

    B. - Get a new motherboard (socket 775)
    + new cpu
    + ddr2 ram
    about £150

    This system is a prescott 3.4, 1gb 400mhz ddr, agp graphics.
    a cheap and cheerful upgrade.

    Originally I was going to sell the computer over xmas but it died
    Now that I have to spend some money on it I have a couple of options.

    What say you?

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    • Rishi's system
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    Re: What to do for upgrade?

    What do you use your PC for?

    Before buying a new mobo maybe investigate why it failed, a new PSU needed maybe?

    If you got the cash to splash then a C2D setup would be a nice upgrade for you I'm not sure how far £150 would stretch on C2D really.
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    Re: What to do for upgrade?

    Hexus have just reviewed sub £50 processors with a view to clocking them to 3Ghz using the stock cooler. 2Gb DDR2 PC6400 is around £40 now which would leave you about £60 for a motherboard. Your only issue then would be a PCI-e graphics card if you are gaming.

    Edit: There may well be some mobo/ram/cpu bundles that are available cheap too at this time of year.
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    Re: What to do for upgrade?

    ah yes,

    internet, a few minor spreadsheets, watching films, a bit of encoding and rendering - not much mind - which is why c2d.

    -i was thinking e2160 - overclock it a little
    -g33 based motherboard so i can get a graphics card later if i need - i dont play very often. i have no idea if amd do integrated graphics for socket 775 or nvidia.
    -2 gig ram as it's really cheap!

    theres my £150!

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    • Rishi's system
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      • Memory:
      • Corsair 2GB - PC6400
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      • 1 x 250GB Maxtor 16MB Cache
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      • None :(
      • PSU:
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    Re: What to do for upgrade?

    Indeed it is

    Think personally I would sell the old gear, some chump will have in on eBay and purchase your setup or something similar
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    Re: What to do for upgrade?

    yup twas a possibility, ebay!

    the bundle could be good, but should i wait till 45nm penryn comes out? i mean for the masses....I might be tempted to get a better system then.

    also psu is alright, power comes through, but there is a burn mark on the motherboard.

    do oem motherboards use the same mounting holes as of-the-shelf motherboards?

    but really when i think that even a basic graphics card sucks energy, there is practically no point in being carefull with the chipset and cpu being efficient when you put in a graphics card! thats why i was looking at the integrated side.

    any advise would be appreciated in that area!

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