I could use some prompt advice re: the subject line.
First, it must be said that, while I'm fairly up with the play with Intel
gear these days, AMD is a bit of a mystery to me. However I'm a fast
A friend bought a lemon. It has an Asus M3A (vanilla) mobo and a crappy
Thermaltake 430 W PSU, both of which, IMO, need replacing. He bought it to
me a week or so afer buying it as it kept crashing. I Googled both the above
components and realised that the company who sold him the PC were obviously
getting rid of lemons.
The rest of the PC seems OK. Phenom 9500, Seagate SATA II 500 GB 7200.11
HDD. Asus optical drive. XFX 9600GT PCIe card, Thermaltake Soprano case..
Despite me getting the PC to what I thought was a stable condition a couple
weeks ago it's crashing on him every 15 - 30 minutes. It's random and
doesn't seem to be tied to load, either graphics or CPU. He's decided that
he'd like to keep everything except the mobo and PSU and get me to rebuild
for him. (RAM? We'll face that if/when we come to it. It's a single 2 GB
stick of DDR2/400 AFAIK
I know what PSU I'll use (AcBel for anyone interested, best value for money
on the market, at least here. They're all I've used for a few years now with
*zero* PSU-related problems.) but am really not up-with-the-play with AMD
motherboards. I like Asus (it's all I use personally) but I've had good
experiences with Gigabyte too. My first instinct was to get a mobo with the
same chipset to avoid re-installing XP. (I'm not being paid for this, it's a
favour to a mate) However, I don't know if that's a good idea. The M3A uses
the AMD 770 chipset. Is it any good? (Bearing in mind there are financial
Also, please bear in mind I'm in New Zealand so URLs to amazing deals at
Newegg will only make me cry. <g> Also not all models of motherboard are
available here. However, suggestions are still appreciated, I'll then suss
out if I can source the mobos. The guy's not rich, he's still got the PC on
his credit card hence the request is for suggestions on mid-priced boards.
This is time-sensitive, hence the cross-posting, something I'd not normally
do. He'd like to re-build this weekend.
Any and all replies greatly appreciated. Meantime I'll be searching my usual
suppliers websites but a good word from someone with first-hand experience
(or a good reputation <g>) would go a long way towards helping.