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    My desktop computer was state-of-the-art back in 2005, and it really meets all of my computer needs. I would like to keep it going for as long as I can by buying spare parts and fixing it as stuff goes bad.

    I located nearly identical used CPU's as mine online, going for $10-$15. I have not located any used mother boards, however. I'm wondering how you even find an exact match for a motherboard, or do you just have to have one custom-built to match my old one, once it goes bad?

    Also, how exact does a replacement CPU have to be, in order to use the same motherboard?

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    you can buy a new pc, without monitor, for like $200 bucks. I just gave away my old hp desktop from 2005. it still worked, except the hard drive crashed. it cost me less for a new pc, rather than buy a 1 gig hard drive and windows 7. why would you want to throw good money after bad? the computing world is outdated the day after something comes out. pretty soon your 2005 pc will be obsolete. custom built motherboards? $$$$.

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    My HP desktop has many USB and fire wire ports, and I use all of them. It also has two disc drives, and I love windows XP. When my CPU cooler died a while back, someone loaned me a newer tower, and I hated it. The font seemed smaller, even though I was using my same monitor, and I felt like I was straining the whole time I was using it.

    I didn't say I wanted a custom built mother-board. I was just wondering how to match up my old one with another one that is the same, either new or used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiko View Post
    My HP desktop has many USB and fire wire ports, and I use all of them. It also has two disc drives, and I love windows XP. When my CPU cooler died a while back, someone loaned me a newer tower, and I hated it. The font seemed smaller, even though I was using my same monitor, and I felt like I was straining the whole time I was using it.

    I didn't say I wanted a custom built mother-board. I was just wondering how to match up my old one with another one that is the same, either new or used.

    Which CPU is in there now, how much of what type RAM, what size (form factor) is the present motherboard?. If you know these things, you can look at ASUS web site, or other MFGs sites and see what there is to offer. Check Newegg.com to see a bewildering list of motherboards. I don't know if I'd ever buy a used CPU (that's actually funny to me!) http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category...pk=motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...esktops&Page=2

    Anyway, you will spend more to buy a new CPU and Motherboard than if you buy a new PC as Chad said. A new PC can normally have Windows XP installed on it (by you, if you have the original XP CD and install Key number. Your font settings on a new PC should be able to made to work with your old monitor and look the same as you have now. USB and firewire adapter boards can be added to a new PC if there are extra slots on the Motherboard, and you really need more ports.

    I used to love XP myself until I got used to Windows 7, but now I prefer 7.

    Buying a used CPU and motherboard makes as much sense as you selling yours to somebody else and them buying yours.

    Last October I bought my wife an HP small desktop with 4 Gigs of RAM, 1 TB drive, Windows 7 Home Premium installed, with a decent 21 inch wide screen monitor at BJ's Club for $399. It has about 8 USB ports. It has a fairly fast AMD processor and built in graphics and sound board, way sufficient for my wife's needs.

    I've built so MANY PCs myself in the past, and it always is an expensive proposition. I like a fast powerful machine, but that costs. No matter which way you go, it will be shortly obsolete.
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    The font is a function of the computer's resolution setting, NOT in the monitor, which is why it was smaller. If you had changed the resoluton IN THE computer it would have been the same or any other size you wanted. Depending on the brand, the mother board AND power supply can be proprietary, which means you have to buy replacements from them or get parts from a used one.
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    If you goto a local small biz computer store they wll help you build a new computer with all the usb ports you want. you can even add more after the fact. I'm sure they would even help you keep windows xp.

    Now the rant. It's not worth trying to piece together something from random used parts. This point in time its not worth keeping windows xp. The life is almost out for xp. Suport is almost over. updates are done or almost done. Do your self and the security of your computer a huge faver. upgrade. You will have a nice clean install. Your pc wll run faster n better n your security wll be well secure.
    My brother just got nailed by a huge virus. The only way he could get ride of it was a full system format. Yes this was the answer he got when searching the web.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    Anyway, you will spend more to buy a new CPU and Motherboard than if you buy a new PC as Chad said.
    A used CPU that matches mine is about $10.00 online. I just thought if I could find a similarly cheap motherboard, I could keep both as spare parts. Being out of work, I could not afford to buy a new computer if mine died. I will try to find that information on my motherboard, but it would be better to find a used one that matches my current system, if I could get it for cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiko View Post
    A used CPU that matches mine is about $10.00 online. I just thought if I could find a similarly cheap motherboard, I could keep both as spare parts. Being out of work, I could not afford to buy a new computer if mine died. I will try to find that information on my motherboard, but it would be better to find a used one that matches my current system, if I could get it for cheap.
    I suppose if you know the specs of what your present motherboard has, as one of my previous posts mentions, you may be able to find something around. Older motherboards and newer ones generally accept different families of CPUs and
    RAM modules, possibly different expansion slot types. I'm sure what you need is out there. You have to know what your present board is as the start. Maybe try a local PC repair shop that took an old PC in as a trade in/up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiko View Post
    My desktop computer was state-of-the-art back in 2005, and it really meets all of my computer needs. I would like to keep it going for as long as I can by buying spare parts and fixing it as stuff goes bad.

    I located nearly identical used CPU's as mine online, going for $10-$15. I have not located any used mother boards, however. I'm wondering how you even find an exact match for a motherboard, or do you just have to have one custom-built to match my old one, once it goes bad?

    Also, how exact does a replacement CPU have to be, in order to use the same motherboard?
    First need to match the interface. And the motherboard should be renewed with CPU together as nowadays these equipments develops fastly.

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