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Old January 16, 2010, 08:38 PM
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I was wondering.. i have an older PC laying around and i don't want to replace anyhting at all but it seems the serial controller on the MB died.. so i am replacing the MB with a new one but want to keep everything else.. here are the computer specs:

2GB DDR2 400MHz
120GB IDE HDD
3.06GHz intel pentium 4 LGA 775
200 watt PSU
CD/DVD drive is unknown..
MATX case

what MB do you guys suggest... it has to fit the processor and RAM that are currently installed

im purchasing in the USA so i used newegg.com... here are my two choices:

Newegg.com - Recertified: BIOSTAR 945GZ Micro 775 SE LGA 775 Intel 945GZ Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - Recertified: BIOSTAR P4M800 Pro-M7 LGA 775 VIA P4M800 PRO Micro ATX AGP Intel Motherboard

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Old January 16, 2010, 08:45 PM
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You actually need serial? I'd just did up a serial/parallel I/O card and stick it in there if you really need it.
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Old January 16, 2010, 08:50 PM
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don't buy those cheap thing , you gone have only problem with the bios, drivers, virus, BSOD

get a mini-mac instead
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Old January 16, 2010, 09:40 PM
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geeze MarkOne, I just about wet myself from that reply... guess other people need to see the other thread in order to understand why you said that though
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Go with the Intel chipset if you really must choose between those two boards. Although both are pretty crappy.
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Old January 17, 2010, 07:12 AM
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Actually I have done very affordable builds for people using Biostar Mobo"s and I have yet to see any complaint"s.
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Old January 17, 2010, 07:55 AM
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There seems to be more selection here ...

Intel Socket 775 Motherboards, Intel Chipset Socket 775 ATX Motherboard at TigerDirect.com
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Old January 17, 2010, 11:39 AM
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But it's.... ewwww... TigerDirect.

Seems to be you can buy something refurbished from them for the price of new at NCIX
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+1 to biostar actually, I have done a few biostar builds (micro baords, socket 939 and 775) with no problems at all. they just aren't feature rich, no overclockability or anything but they do seem to work!

you could indded alternatively get a serial (sata?) controller for a PCI slot. might be cheaper
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Old January 17, 2010, 12:40 PM
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I would just pop in a pci serial card.
NCIX.com - Buy Startech Single RS-232 Port Serial PCI Adapter Card - PCI1S550 In Canada.

29.99, might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.
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