about 2 years ago I was even poorer than I am now
I saw an ad for a GQ system at Fry's for $500 with LCD. I added up the parts on newegg....low and behold, it was CHEAPER than the parts were individually.
Naturally, I bought it.
A week ago my motherboard caught on fire.
I open it up...the motherboard is factor form.
So I think to myself "Okay, I'll just get a factor form motherboard." But then I check...the case was custom designed for this motherboard, the pin connections are one block, so I doub another MB will work.
Then, I remove my heatsink figuring I'll at least make sure the cpu isn't fried...
I've never seen a p4 cpu...I built my last 2 PCs with Athlon XPs
The cpu is tiny...this can't be normal. 1.5 inches wide...maybe...did they put a laptop cpu in my pc? wtf?
But, alas, at least they put a full size heatsink on...making the area around the cpu a kind of hidey hole for CAKES of dust...
Now, I have to:
1) Buy a new Case
2) Determine what is up with the cpu
3) Find a motherboard that supports it, and my ram.
4) Buy said Ram
5) Rebuild PC...