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  1. tl;dr version: I need a motherboard with an AGP slot.

    A couple weeks ago my PC gave me my first BSOD in nearly a decade. "Machine Check Exception", so it said, and after some research this was most certainly caused by a hardware failure. Cracked the machine open, cleaned out a brick of dust, and started it up. Same deal. Ran a battery of diagnostics and stress tests on the CPU, memory, and hard drives, but nothing so far. Resorted to removing each component one-by-one, stripping out everything except the bare essentials... still nothing, except the BSOD had now turned into a system lockup.

    A friend came online and I happened to mention the problem to him, and within several minutes he goes "Did you check the motherboard for any blown capacitors?" I sorta paused for a moment, then I reached over to my flashlight and examined the exposed guts of my PC.

    Fuck. Silly how I missed it, but a capacitor near the power connector was oozing crusty stuff, and three more nearby looked like they were ready to explode. Okay, so I need a new motherboard...

    I'm a pretty poor person so I can't afford to replace too much, and I'm not especially handy with a soldering iron, so fixing the board is out of the question as well...

    I already know half the people that will read this will probably know more about this shit than I do, so I'll beg for some advice.

    Here's my current specs:

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    Yes, it's a cheap piece-o-shit mobo. I'm already aware.

    I'm almost 100% certain my RAM modules are fine. The video card I intend to keep (enough said). The CPU I am not as sure about, although all tests indicate that it is working properly. Nothing in my machine is overheating (100% positive).

    So the only major consideration is that the new mobo supports AGP, which as we all know is a dying breed. I am open to PCI-E, but I have no reason to throw away such a fine card after owning it for less than a year. The CPU and motherboard on the other hand are the two oldest components in the whole machine, so I don't mind buying a new processor if upgrading the motherboard requires so.

    I was doing some research on boards with both AGP and PCIE, but it seems most of those don't have real AGP support, meaning my card would take a hit in performance. Some exceptions to this were the following boards:

    ASRock 939Dual-VSTA
    ASRock 939Dual-SATA2

    These are "budget boards", and I think I'm okay with that, but I didn't see any alternatives other than buying a higher quality mobo with just AGP. They also require getting a hold of an AMD processor, which I'm quite unfamiliar with.

    I'm not really sure what to do. Should I get a board with both and get a new CPU, or should I merely find a replacement for my leaky mobo? If the former, what processor should I go with that is also affordable and comparible to the one I have? Are there other options that don't involve tossing my Radeon?

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    2. Super Jamie

      Super Jamie

      EarthQuake said:

      I am open to PCI-E, but I have no reason to throw away such a fine card after owning it for less than a year.

      My AGP HD3850 is frowning at me from the closet, even now, for doing the same thing to it.

      Just get with the times, buy a new PCI-E card and flog your AGP card for 20 bucks on eBay.

      I skimmed the rest and you don't seem to be wanting an AMD CPU. Good idea, stick with Intel.

    3. EarthQuake

      EarthQuake

      Thanks Maes... I was actually unaware I would run into such a problem when "transplanting" a motherboard! Imagine my surprise when I boot up after installing a new mobo, heh.

      Fortunately, since I've created a mess with my OS trying to get various things to work the way I like, so a fresh install would probably do me some good. I have a habit of getting under the hood and tinkering with things I shouldn't. ;)

      Plopping in a completely different motherboard doesn't concern me, but it's still useful to know what happens when you do.

      Super Jamie said:

      Just get with the times, buy a new PCI-E card and flog your AGP card for 20 bucks on eBay.


      That's easier said than done. When I said my spending limit was about $200, I meant to say that is about $100-200 that I shouldn't be spending. If I feel compelled to really upgrade things (which I doubt I would need to any time soon) I will wait until next year after I get my tax refund. Money is extremely tight for me, and getting a new video card doesn't address the problem I am facing. I want to get this PC back into a stable condition while spending as little as possible.

      Why do I need to "get with the times" when my hardware does what I need it to? I am not like the majority of people, I don't have some inane need to have the latest and greatest. In fact, it's quite the opposite, I am more proud of my system because it's using hardware other people consider antiquated.

      Still though, thanks for the replies.

    4. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      If you're looking to recycle as much as possible - an eBay search for "AGP 775" will turn up a bunch of suitable motherboards for you to research.

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