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Poll Results: LGA 775 Motherboard dead - looking for opinions

 
  • 0% (0)
    Buy new OC'ing 775 board
  • 0% (0)
    Buy 775 mATX board then use it to make HTPC later
  • 75% (3)
    Part out rig and buy SB 1155 rig
  • 0% (0)
    Part out rig and buy BD capable rig
  • 25% (1)
    Part out rig, make new HTPC to use until BD, SB 2011
  • 0% (0)
    Sell all my computer stuff and get more exercise
4 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Well here is the story.

Computer was up and running and everything was fine. Then I heard a spark and computer shutdown. Could smell something had burnt and my first instinct was PS. Knew there was going to be some surgery happening so I blew out my case and took out Vid card and 1 Stick of RAM to start diagnosing problem.

Checked that all power connections were tight and fired it back up. This time I got a spark and a big plume of smoke thrown out of the top fan in my case. Well then I knew whatever it was that was toasted would probably smell burnt, so I took everything off the MB and took it out. Using my nose, I found the mosfets to be the culprit. Took of the heat sink and sure enough found a nice sized burnt area surrounding on of them. Not sure which component failed though because the mosfet solder points and most of the surrounding resistors were all toasted and the motherboard coating was burnt up as well (probably the source of the smoke).


Anyway, that story was just for your amusement. The main reason for this post is the fact that my other components are now homeless. My first reaction was to part out, but checking some prices, there are some cheap boards these days for LGA775.

TLDR: Start here

I was going to upgrade this year anyway, but it seems like bad timing not being able to wait for BD and 2011.

Here are some options I was debating on:

1. Buy a M-ATX board and make a LGA775 HTPC and buy Sandy Bridge / BD capable board rig.

2. Put M-ATX board in my case and use parts for HTPC once I do buy a new system.

3. Part out system and make new HTPC to use as main rig until new system is built.

4. Leave laptop hooked up to keyboard and monitor while leaving computer parts lying around and complaining how my computer room still stinks like smoke.

Any more ideas ?

Money is not really an issue, though I would like to try and spend it wisely and do something that seems to make the most sense.

BTW: sorry no pics. I only have a cheap cell phone for pics and they do not look that good.
Edited by K3VL4R - 4/5/11 at 4:36pm
post #2 of 6
I go with option 2. Maybe 1?
Build a nice cheap matx for now. when BD comes out buy a nice setup and convert the matx to a htpc.
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Just to price it out, I added up a SB system to see what it would be. ~700 bucks.


G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Thermalright LGA1156 BOLT-THRU Kit
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX750
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower
Intel Core i5 2500K
Gigabyte P67A-UD3P-B3

$695.86

$797.21 final after shipping, insurance and tax.
Can save up to $60 off that if I wait and see if the next sales has free shipping and cancel the insurance. (Don't care too much for the insurance but the express RMA is nice, if you need it)

That is after some price matching and reusing my TRUE, DVD, GPU and Hard drives.
post #4 of 6
Just make sure your DVD burner/reader is sata, as very few boards have an IDE port. Didn't know what DVD you had, and there were a number of high quality IDE burners as recent as four years ago...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by K3VL4R View Post
Just to price it out, I added up a SB system to see what it would be. ~700 bucks.


G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Thermalright LGA1156 BOLT-THRU Kit
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX750
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower
Intel Core i5 2500K
Gigabyte P67A-UD3P-B3

$695.86

$797.21 final after shipping, insurance and tax.
Can save up to $60 off that if I wait and see if the next sales has free shipping and cancel the insurance. (Don't care too much for the insurance but the express RMA is nice, if you need it)

That is after some price matching and reusing my TRUE, DVD, GPU and Hard drives.
Whats wrong with your case & PSU??

Dont know what your budget is, but you could save a little there..

I'd part it our and go with SB myself.... I dont believe in "wait for _ _ _" specially when its still months away...
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by Falkentyne View Post
Just make sure your DVD burner/reader is sata, as very few boards have an IDE port. Didn't know what DVD you had, and there were a number of high quality IDE burners as recent as four years ago...
Hey thanks. I have not had an IDE ROM drive since my 939 rig so that should not be a problem. Actually I think there is one in my spare, spare P3 rig. I remember paying $250 for that 4X DVD Writer years ago.

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Whats wrong with your case & PSU??

Dont know what your budget is, but you could save a little there..

I'd part it our and go with SB myself.... I dont believe in "wait for _ _ _" specially when its still months away...
No set budget. I need an extra PSU around the house for some computer work on the side. Kind of overkill for a test bench but I kind of wanted modular and everything else in this SB is Black also.

Case is probably going to a friend. He has an old rig of mine and cant keep a Win installation longer than 4 months so he is always bringing it over. Thing is that it is in a TT armour which is a tank to haul around. The Antec mid tower will be much better.



As for the SB rig, I realize that I got a bit worked up over the whole ordeal. Now that I have had time to think, I am back to the usual buy when you need it or else we can end up waiting forever.

My initial idea for upgrade was set for my 4870X2 replacement which would have put it in the HD7K timeframe which was why I was kind of upset not beingable to wait.

Now it seems that SB may be a better upgrade anyway because then
I can wait for IVY / BD Gen2 which should be more refined and probably cheaper.


Oh and

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