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Old 05-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all. New here seeking info.

I have a Gateway PC that caught a surge and stopped displaying. It's just outside of the one year warranty (YAAAAYY!!), so I had a computer tech take a look at it for me. He tells me the MOBO is shot. I've always wanted to do a computer build, so I've decided to try and replace the motherboard on this one myself.

I've worked inside a PC case before, replacing/adding various video and sound cards, RAM, etc. So, I'm somewhat comfortable with it. I looked up some tutorials on doing it, and I think I can handle it.

The only thing that is giving me pause is picking out a motherboard. Should I just find out which one is in the PC and try to basically replace it exactly. Or can I try to upgrade slightly as far as the various ports, etc? What's the best way to pick out a motherboard to make sure it will work, and a good place to get them?

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We have to know what parts you have in order to determine what you can do.
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Sorry about that.

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DDR2 or DDR3? If your caseis ATX you can go with an ATX board.
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Otherwise you will have te to go mATX:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138283
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In that case you will need a AM3/AM2+/AM2 board as they use DDR2.
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