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 Post subject: Need help replacing ASUS MOBO
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:08 am 
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Hi folks,

A few years ago I built myself this PC:


- Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7860
- ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

I put it in here:

- COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED, 1x 140mm rear, 1x 230mm top, and 1x 230mm side

Here is the rest of the "stuff":

- Corsair CMFSSD-64GBG2D 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
- SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B
- CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
- Western Digital WD Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
- HIS H577F1GDG Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
- ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

I have had a variety of issues with it over the past year, beginning with some overheating issues, and now having USB over current issues. I'm beginning to wonder if the MOBO is just at the end of it's useful life, and I just can't keep spending days with my computer down.

The build itself has been adequate for my needs (general computing, some gaming, some graphics editing). So, I figure I have two options:

1. Buy the exact same MOBO and swap it out. This should cost less than $150.
2. Upgrade to a newer MOBO.

So, my question for you folks is twofold. If I choose option #2:

a. What MOBO would you recommend?
b. Which components will a new MOBO force me to change?

My budget is fairly limited. Certainly I wouldn't want to spend more than $500...

Also, if I DO swap out the MOBO, should I be able to just plug in my existing hard drives and expect the OS to work? Or will swapping the hardware cause Windows to die?

Your help would be greatly appreciated!

~ Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Need help replacing ASUS MOBO
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:14 am 
Smithfield
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If you have up to $500 to spend, then I would consider upgrading. Probably to something like a Core i5-4560 and a $150 or so Z87 board. Should go for about $400 after taxes and shipping. The only problem is with the motherboard drivers which you will need to clean off the system. And you'll probably have to reactivate Windows.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help replacing ASUS MOBO
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:20 pm 
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I would upgrade so that when you play new games your not getting hit with a bottleneck in games.


If you got a microcenter near you, I would check out these deals

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/ ... ndles.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: Need help replacing ASUS MOBO
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:07 pm 
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Hi guys,

Thanks very much for your feedback. So, I have been looking at adding something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116898
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131980
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116898

Thoughts?

Does this look like a decent fit?

Even though I have Windows already installed, I am planning on reinstalling from scratch. Considering buying a new 128 GB SSD, because the 64 GB I have right now tends to run out of space if I put all of my games on it...

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Need help replacing ASUS MOBO
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:20 pm 
Smithfield
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Two of the links are the same :p

But it looks good otherwise.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help replacing ASUS MOBO
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:10 pm 
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Whoops, that was supposed to be this memory:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231308

(With that MOBO/CPU I listed, would I be able to reuse my RAM?)

(Thanks for your feedback!)


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 Post subject: Re: Need help replacing ASUS MOBO
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:21 pm 
Smithfield
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You can reuse the old RAM


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