So here I go again, having to repair my computer yet again. My computer shut off without warning and when I tried to turn it back on, it wouldn't even boot to bios. So I checked all the probable causes and it looks that once again my motherboard has malfunctioned. I figured this time I'd go ahead and upgrade as well as repair. When I took out my CPU, I made the bad mistake of leaving the protective plastic film on the heatsink. (YAY Noob mistake!) .... so when I pulled off the heatsink, it bent the pins of my processor. I was able to put it back in afterwards but, the results are the same. Since I only have 2gb of ram that runs at a blazing 533mhz, I'm upgrading to 4gb 1066mhz DDR2 ram. Because I might have damaged the processor, I am also going to upgrade that with a new Athlon II X4 2.8ghz.... a huge step up from my Athlon X2 4800+ 2ghz. Since the board is now broken, I figured I'd get one where the ram is cheapest, but the possibility of upgrade is still there. I've chosen an Asus board with only one PCI-E slot and a few extra PCI slots. It also has to come with AM2/AM3 socket. Since I already have the other parts, it's not necessary to buy anything else. Hopefully this will do me for a while.
These are the following parts I'm going to use. (And I'm putting these here for my own reference.)
(DDR 2 build) $275.00 USD
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2T1K2/4G
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor ADX630WFGIBOX
Sadly, I believe I will have to invest in a few more fans for the computer, even though it's already a windtunnel, I think the video-card needs more attention. I believe a PCI-E 1X fan will do the trick for that. If anyone has any suggestions or is a silly techie like me, feel free to comment.
Edit: Also, I just realize It might invalidate my copy of Windows 7. I wonder if I will have to re-install, if so, that'll be a bummer.
I've got a new set up going now.
(DDR3 Build) $298.50 USD
Dedicated AM3 motherboard with DDR3 memory slots.
Some fast gamer ram to make use of the nice slots on the new board.
A different AM3 processor. Same Athlon II X4 line, .10 extra ghz. This one has dedicated DDR3 memory controllers, instead of being a hybrid accepting both DDR2 and DDR3.