August 27th, 2009, 03:09 AM #1
Need to replace motherboard and other specs.
To keep a Long story short, I dropped my PC. I need some advice on getting a new AMD motherboard and compatible ram that goes with eachother and a 6400+ cpu. I don't dip around too much in the AMD tech, because I mainly upgrade and build with intel boards and cpu's.
Specs of damaged PC:
Motherboard: Gigabyte S-series GAMA78GM-S2H
Processor: AMD Anthlon X2 6400+
Memory: 2GB Corsair XMS DDR2 800
Graphics Card: Diamond 4850
Powersupply: Corsair VX 450w
Seagate Barracuda 320GB SATA HD
My budget for the whole new build is $350.00 not including the Operating system ,case. mouse, monitor, keyboard
As I said, I am not too familiar with AMD boards, so I am willing to take a huge chunk of that budget to atleast get a reliable AMD board with your help. If I had to I would spend the whole budget on a new board, but what would be the point, especially without knowing whether or not that was the best option.
The only specs salvageable are my processor and my hard-drive, CD rom drive, these are the only components that survived the impact. The ram, motherboard, GPU, Case, and PSU were damaged.
This PC gave me nothing but problems every time I turned my back on it. I figure I am just going to start from scratch again, therefore I'm not interested in rebuilding with the same parts, meaning I'll have to buy another copy of Windows Vista. I do remember when I first built this machine I kept having problems with ram compatibility. I don't need SLI or crossfire, but I do need a PCI-Ex16 2.0 slot. The PC was used for heavy-medium gaming, in a transferable shuttle case.
August 27th, 2009, 11:21 AM #2
I know you've said that you don't want to use anything that was salvaged, but if you use the original HDD then you should be able to save some agro (applications are already installed, settings are how you want them, et cetera) and just re-verify the original install...
Otherwise, if you still have the original Fista media, then you could just re-install using that - and when it gets to verifrying the install, you could point out that you had to reinstall... (I don't think that that would infringe on the M$ copyright)
August 27th, 2009, 02:14 PM #3
I just can't re-use the motherboard, ram, and powersupply. I would love to re-use the OS on the salvaged HD, but is that possible with a completely different motherboard?
August 27th, 2009, 04:41 PM #4
Should be, although there is a possibility that you'd be using the default driver (which you could update later) and need to re-register/verify the OS is legit...
I had a similar thing a few months ago - although it was more that I was adding a HDD for use as a backup drive, only to discover that the machine decided to just boot using the OS that I'd forgotten about that was still on there... It went from an ASUS MoBo (from my "main" rig) to a generic/default Compaq board that had a different CPU, RAM and just about everything else...
Worst case scenario, you try it and it doesn't work (or doesn't work properly) and you have to re-install again. Best case scenario, you try it and it works from the off, and you just need to click to authenticate the OS is legit... If it goes to M$, then you can just tell them that you've had to replace the MoBo and/or CPU.......
August 31st, 2009, 06:37 AM #5
If your cpu is a socket 939 dual core, you'll have a hard time replacing it.FIRST EIGHT YEARS ANNIVERSARY HONOR ROLLthis April 18th, 2012 and will be Officially Celebrated That Day! SEE http://www.techimo.com/forum/imo-com...ml#post1070600
August 31st, 2009, 03:15 PM #6
no, AMD X2's never went that high on 939, 6400+, I think it topped out at 4400+ or something like that, then it was the FX series dual cores from there on.
the 6400+ he listed in 1st post would be an AM2 socket.i7 940//Corsair H60//EVGA X58 SLI LE//6GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz//2x EVGA GTX 560 Ti FPB SLI//NZXT Hale82 850W//CM 690 II Advanced//Win7 64//WD 74GB V-raptor, 750GB Black, 1.5TB Green
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