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My offspring's got an E8400 paired with a P43-ES3G, however her motherboard died yesterday. I don't know what happened but her PCIE slot just stopped working. The board worked for 2.5 years so I'm not too upset about it. My only problem is replacing her board.

She only plays WoW and, sometimes, Mass Effect II (completed it multiple times). I don't want to upgrade her CPU as there's nothing to upgrade with as of yet.

Once she can't play games properly any longer at 1280x1024 on her 9800GTX+ I will upgrade her entire PC. In the meantime I've been looking at this board:
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5G41TM_LE/
The one thing I don't know is whether the onboard GPU can be disabled or not.

The memory isn't an issue either has I have 2x2GB in my drawer looking pretty.

Anyone got advice or know something better than this board? Just remember that it's for a teenager who doesn't care about Crysis and just wants her PC to work again so she can play her glorified chat programme (WoW).

Edit: Interesting how the forums don't accept links when being linked but will show them when simply typed.
Edited by Liranan - 2/2/12 at 9:07pm
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Best bet is just have a look on the bay for something cheap and cheerful thats socket 775
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I don't have access to EBay and I've already looked, 775 is being phased out so all P35/45 boards aren't cheap or at least more than I'm willing to spend.

Edit: corrected link in my first post.
Edited by Liranan - 2/2/12 at 9:07pm
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I don't have access to EBay and I've already looked, 775 is being phased out so all P35/45 boards aren't cheap or at least more than I'm willing to spend.
Edit: corrected link in my first post.

That board will do you fine, dont worry about turning off the onboard graphics just chuck a gpu in there and plug ur monitor into it, sorted
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I had to dig out my old backup pc last spring during the whole SandyBridge B3 debacle and found my gigabyte ep45 board had died of boredom.
Newegg still has a handful of good, cheap, socket 775 boards, but they're almost all mATX, not that it's a big limitation for a kids WoW machine.
... and you can still RMA it if there's any problems unlike something off ebay. If you're not overclocking it a ton, they're all capable enough.
eg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130556
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131794
     
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I settled for a G41MMT-S2 (Gigabyte) which was somewhat cheaper than the P5G41T-M LX V2 (ASUS), which is the most common ASUS 775 board here. While it's not ASUS I was pleasantly surprised I can still plug in 8GB of RAM, I was under the impression all Gigabyte boards were only compatible with 4GB RAM. I don't see myself ever needing to give her 8GB but it's nice to have regardless.

I am slightly disappointed that the board is unoverclockable. The board won't even boot with 334 FSB. However OC was not on my agenda as the child is only 14 and won't notice an increase in CPU speed anyway with her 9800GTX+.

She's now happily playing WoW again, leaving the laptop on my desk alone, which is all I wanted.

Thanks a lot guys for the help, just remember there is no Ebay in China and Newegg China is everything but well stocked.
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