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  1. successgold

    successgold Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I've have a Windows 7 Ultimate PC with the following parts:

    PSU - Seasonic 500Watts
    Processor - Intel Q8300 Core 2 Quad (2.50GHz/4M/1333/05A/Socket: 775)
    Motherboard - ASUS P5N-E SLI
    Graphics Card - VTX3D Radeon HD5450 1GB PCIe DVI HDMI 2GB
    Optical Drive - Sony AD-7240S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Bare
    Hard Drive 1 - 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
    Hard Drive 2 - 3TB Western Digital
    Hard Drive 3 - 2TB Seagate Barracuda
    RAM - Kingston 2 x 2GB PC2-5300 DDR 667 240Pin; 2 x 2GB Unbranded

    I would like to replace the motherboard with a new one since it's quite old now and I'd like to speed my computer up a bit. Plus the time keeps going wrong, even if I replace the battery and the USB ports are very unreliable. Please could someone recommend a good motherboard that costs around $100 or less and would allow me to continue to use my current components?

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
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    Assuming your computer is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, I would max out that motherboard with 8 GB(2 GB X 4) of DDR2 PC2-6400(DDR2-800) RAM and then do a clean reinstall of the operating system and get a fresh start with it.

    If you haven't already done it, update its BIOS to its most current version - 1406.

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  3. Triple6

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    Replacing your motherboard won't give you that much benefit and won't speed up your computer UNLESS you mean a new motherboard AND a new CPU AND new RAM. Otherwise you are wasting your money on minimal gains on an old highend motherboard that likely won't give you noticeable gains over your already good motherboard. They haven't made new motherboards for socket 775 in almost half a decade.
     
  4. successgold

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll replace my RAM. I would really like to get my USB ports working more reliably though. It gets very frustrating when they keep losing the connection. How can I do that? I've got two cards with extra ports plugged in, but they all have the same problem.
     
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    I have to agree with Rob and stick with my previous recommendation.

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    I'm not using a USB hub. I've disabled USB power management, so I'll see how I get on with that.
     
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    The computer seems to be working better now. I think I just have a faulty PCIe USB card. Thank you very much for your help.
     
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    Glad to hear you got the issue resolved. (y)

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