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I have a Phenom II 955 Black Edition (not the newest, but it's still decent) processor currently running in a Biostar TA880GB+ Motherboard. All has been ok until today.

When I left for work, everything was fine. Around 11, my wife said that the computer had rebooted and was "stuck" on the Bios splash screen with the fans going like crazy, though the fans may be entirely unrelated to the issue since they are often running fast until the system gets past POST at which time they slow back down. It was still "stuck" at 1:30, when she finally shut it off.

When I got home at 3:45, I went to turn on the computer. Nothing. Fans came on, monitors woke up, but there was no picture, and it never booted to the BIOS splash. I did some research from my son's computer, reseated the video card and RAM, and at the same time cleared the CMOS. That seemed to work, after a much longer than normal time from power on to splash, and I had to go into the BIOS twice to get it to boot at all.

My guess, and please correct me if I'm wrong here, is that I need a new motherboard. I looked through the Event Log when everything booted up, and there was not even a mention of anything around the time the system would have rebooted (nothing from 3am until 4:30pm when it finally started back up), and no mention of anything concerning heat, which has never been an issue up to this point.

If it is the case that I need a new motherboard, I would like some recommendations.

It obviously needs to support my processor, that's a given.

Crossfire support (I have an ATI card) would be nice, but is not necessary, same with SATA 3/USB 3
I'm not looking to spend a ton, since I'm currently saving to build a desk and my wife has us on a tight budget
One thing that is a MUST: it HAS to support my Logitech Illuminated USB keyboard on boot/in the BIOS. My current motherboard doesn't, and it's a royal pain to dig out a spare keyboard with a PS/2 adapter (I've tried all of the USB ports as well as all of the USB options in the BIOS...nothing)

Must have a minimum of 4 SATA connections available (most do, but thought I'd throw that in there too)

mATX/ATX form factor

I'd prefer to buy locally, which means Frys, but I'd definitely consider getting it online if a good deal came up.

Alternatively, if someone has a better explanation of what happened I would love to hear it. I can't figure out what happened, other than the motherboard. I feel I should also mention that this is the second TA880GB+ I've had since I built this computer. The first was DOA, and I stupidly forgot to grab the I/O shield out of my case when I went to return it, which meant I could only exchange for the same model.
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What's your budget OP? If you don't need anything fancy I would recommend the ASUS M5A97 EVO or the Gigabyte 970-UD3, both are sold boards that support your CPU and a future upgrade to Bulldozer/Piledriver. If you need something for heavy overclocking, maybe the ASUS 990FX sabertooth or Gigabyte 990FX-UD5. You can't go wrong with Asus or gigabyte, I think. Cheers.
    
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I appreciate the recommendations. I was hoping for a budget of $100 or less, though I may be able to get a bit more. More money on a motherboard means less money for other things, though.

Overclocking doesn't really interest me that much, I'm going to air cool it (if that makes a difference) and sometime in the next month or so encase it inside my new desk. Haven't built the desk yet, so that's a little far off at this point.
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. Unless you have time and a spare board to take out each piece and diagnose you won't know for sure it's the mobo. However based on what you're saying it's likely that.

Does your current motherboard have an onboard video card? If so remove your independent card and try the onboard to see if it has any issues. Secondly I'd look at the RAM. Remove your sticks and steal some from your son's computer to test and see if the RAM went bad.

If you have to get a new Mobo I personally love ASRock. Never had any issues with their stuff and they have great prices. This one here is excellent for $89:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280
    
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. Unless you have time and a spare board to take out each piece and diagnose you won't know for sure it's the mobo. However based on what you're saying it's likely that.
Does your current motherboard have an onboard video card? If so remove your independent card and try the onboard to see if it has any issues.

It does, but I've never used it. Supposedly it's got some sort of Crossfire technology built in, but I've never even tried to enable it.
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Secondly I'd look at the RAM. Remove your sticks and steal some from your son's computer to test and see if the RAM went bad.

Unfortunately that's not an option. The board uses DDR3 (currently have 8 out of a max 16GB in there), and my son's Semperon (it was cheap) uses DDR2
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If you have to get a new Mobo I personally love ASRock. Never had any issues with their stuff and they have great prices. This one here is excellent for $89:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

I'll take a look. I've never had an ASRock board before. Most of my computers have been built with ASUS or Biostar motherboards, except one that had a bad Gigabyte board in it (improperly cooled chipsets, fixed it with a chipset cooler).
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Originally Posted by CarlosSpiceyWeiner View Post

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Unless you have time and a spare board to take out each piece and diagnose you won't know for sure it's the mobo. However based on what you're saying it's likely that.
Does your current motherboard have an onboard video card? If so remove your independent card and try the onboard to see if it has any issues. Secondly I'd look at the RAM. Remove your sticks and steal some from your son's computer to test and see if the RAM went bad.
If you have to get a new Mobo I personally love ASRock. Never had any issues with their stuff and they have great prices. This one here is excellent for $89:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280


Yup .

Asrock is solid ( they are kinda a partner of ASUS , they share most of their factories )
Their quality/price is outstanding .
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I vote gigabyte ud3 am3+ board @ 109, it goes on sale for 100 every month or less around there.
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Update on this thread.

I initially bought an Asus M5A88-M. Put everything back, thought it was all good. Turned on the power...nothing.

I returned it yesterday (100 mile round trip), and exchanged it. I noticed when I was putting in the first motherboard that I did have an 8 pin (4+4) from my power supply, I thought I only had a 4 pin, so I picked up an Asus M5A97.

Came back home and reinstalled this new motherboard. Pushed power...again, nothing. Mad.

I thought it might have just been a grounding issue, and I happened to have another case that I bought for my desk project, so I transferred everything to the new case. Again, nothing. Found out how to test the power supply by stringing a wire between pins 15 and 16, then turning it on. I did so...dead.

Words cannot express how mad I was.

Went back to the store again this morning (again, 100 mile round trip) and bought a new power supply. I actually got the exact same one that was already in the computer (CoolMax 700W Modular). Came back home and got to work. 90 minutes later, success!

I have a feeling that it was the power supply all along, and I'm saving the old Biostar under that assumption to turn it into a new file/media server at some point.
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If it failed on you once I wouldn't get the same one again..

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