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>> Stay informed about: Need advice about upgrade path
> I've been using a dell sc420 server as my game machine. I had to hack
> in my Geforce 8600 GTS because the PCIe was only big enough for a 8x
> card. It's worked OK for a while but I did have to change out the
> power supply. The P4 connector looked cooked. I borrowed a friends and
> it worked fine so I replaced it.
> Now it's a 2 years later and it's happened again. But a new power
> supply wont work. I guess it's the mobo or the cpu. But I can't tell
> It's a 775 so I figured I'd just buy a 775 mobo and test the cpu. If
> the CPU don't work I'll just buy a core 2 that fits a 775.
> Does that sound like a good course of action? If the CPU on this
> computer still works I'd like to use it in a server. Hate to get rid
> of a working P4 2.8 1meg cache. Is it worth going thru all this
> trouble or should I just look for a new mobo/CPU combo?
IF it was my system, I would go through the trouble.
IN all the years I've been working on machines..and it came down to the
Motherboard or CPU...The failure was always in the mobo.
The only two bad cpu's I've ever seen were on machines that were setup
(Heatsink not mounted right...or over-voltaged)