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I suspect my MoBo is dead...does this sound right? If so what should I replace it with?

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So I'm fairly sure my current motherboard has kicked the bucket. With four sticks of RAM in, it gives a message on boot about having reset itself to default settings as a result of overclocking, regardless of what the previous settings actually were. Have two pairs of RAM sticks and all have identical specs. I dealt with that for a while, but recently, it crashed to BIOS and both of my hard drives (one WD Blue/Win7, one EVO SSD/Win10) refused to boot. The Win10 managed to get into the recovery menu but was not able to repair the disk...the BIOS doesn't even see the WD drive now, so it's possibly toast too. It does boot to a linux DVD, interestingly.

So as far as I can tell, either those are unrelated symptoms, or my motherboard is borked. I'm going to try a different CPU soon to see if that fixes it, but I'm not hopeful. Could also be the power supply I guess, but if that's the case I'm not sure I trust the motherboard anyway.

Now, I COULD go ahead and replace the whole shebang with something newer, but I don't play anything that really challenges the 1045T at all. I haven't bought an AMD motherboard in 6 years, though...I know to get beefy heat-sinked VRMS, and AM3+/9xx chipset for the extra compatibility, but past that I have no idea what's good nowadays.
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Originally Posted by Drenlin View Post

So I'm fairly sure my current motherboard has kicked the bucket. With four sticks of RAM in, it gives a message on boot about having reset itself to default settings as a result of overclocking, regardless of what the previous settings actually were. Have two pairs of RAM sticks and all have identical specs. I dealt with that for a while, but recently, it crashed to BIOS and both of my hard drives (one WD Blue/Win7, one EVO SSD/Win10) refused to boot. The Win10 managed to get into the recovery menu but was not able to repair the disk...the BIOS doesn't even see the WD drive now, so it's possibly toast too. It does boot to a linux DVD, interestingly.

So as far as I can tell, either those are unrelated symptoms, or my motherboard is borked. I'm going to try a different CPU soon to see if that fixes it, but I'm not hopeful. Could also be the power supply I guess, but if that's the case I'm not sure I trust the motherboard anyway.

Now, I COULD go ahead and replace the whole shebang with something newer, but I don't play anything that really challenges the 1045T at all. I haven't bought an AMD motherboard in 6 years, though...I know to get beefy heat-sinked VRMS, and AM3+/9xx chipset for the extra compatibility, but past that I have no idea what's good nowadays.

What is your budget?
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Ah yes, the age old question. Don't need anything fancy, so probably in the $70-90 range. I'm gonna overclock on it a bit, but I'm not gonna be pushing anything to within an inch of its life.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130790&cm_re=am3%2b_motherboard-_-13-130-790-_-Product

I haven't had this particular board but I have the msi 990 gaming and have gotten over 300 mhz on the FSB while clocking the 1045 T with them.

Amateur review of the 990 board. http://www.overclock.net/t/1577875/msi-990fxa-gaming-a-casual-review

The 990 is real similar to the 970 other than there isn't a heatpipe linking the 2 heatsinks and some other subtle differences.

The 970 has a few X 6 thuban's its rated for that are 125 watt so you should be fine.
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Oh nice, on sale even. Seems MSI has come a long way in the last few years...that's got a decent warranty and everything. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Drenlin View Post

Oh nice, on sale even. Seems MSI has come a long way in the last few years...that's got a decent warranty and everything. Thanks!

I've always had good luck with MSI boards, but I always buy the top tier models.

Just make sure to update the bios to the latest revision when you get the chance - people seem to have better luck with memory stability.

Good luck with the new board.
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If you do not want to spend a ton of money, the Asus 970 Pro Aura would work great in this instance.
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