Replace or upgrade motherboard?
I had an ASUS P6X58d-e motherboard die on me. I built the PC in 2010 with it. Should I try to find another one on eBay or upgrade the motherboard? I was told if I upgrade the motherboard I'll have to get a new processor, as well. Is that true? What else might I run into if I go that route? Thanks.
ArnoBaes said:what cpu do you have? and what's the budget?
Intel i7 930. I haven't thought about budget since this happened unexpectedly. I was hoping for under $300, but that doesn't look possible. I found a few used/refurb'd replacement boards on eBay, but they cost more than what I paid for mine originally new! Looking on NewEgg it seems a lot of the newer boards only have 4 memory slots. I have six 2GB sticks of RAM.
That mobo is a few generations old - if you were happy with it, you can just replace it, but if you upgrade it to a newer generation like an LGA 1150 mobo, you will need to get a new chip also, as your current CPU will not be compatible.
As for other possible problems, it's possible that some of your other components will not be compatible with a new board. If you list your build specs, we can tell you which ones will transfer and which ones you'll need to replace.
If your drives are SATA, it looks like everything will transfer over. If they are IDE, there are adapters available. Here is a CPU/mobo that will keep you under $300 - obviously, if you can expand the budget, you can improve on performance and quality on board and CPU. DRAM speed on this board is limited to 1600MHz :
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7QNBTW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7QNBTW/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($107.59 @ Amazon)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available