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davidja
Posted: Jan 21 2010, 09:26 AM
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I am looking to replace an ATX motherboard thats about two years old, its a Intel Desktop Board D925XECV2 LGA775 Socket. It has constantly been overheating. It sits in a Silverstone LC10M case. I have used my HTPC sporadically, though get fed up with constant overheating regardless of what i've done, it appears these boards are particularly suseptable to this. I recently found XBMC so have a revived interest. I want to maximise quality so thought I would go the HDMI route given I have a decent AV amp with switching. I therefore now want to replace this failing motherboard but retaining all other components inc DDR2 Ram and P4 3.2 chip. Can anyone therefore recommend a straight replacement. Also can you advise if replacing the motherboard requires reinstallation of the OS, I am guessing it does, if so is XP still a reasonable choice? I am a newbie as such so appreciate any advice.
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TommyD872
Posted: Mar 2 2010, 04:33 PM
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I went with the Gigabyte EP43-UD3L on my build. No onboard video but with a good GPU like Msi Nvidia 9500 and above "I use the 9800gt" should give you good results and solve your overheating issues. Also you want a mobo that runs quietly
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htpcguy
Posted: Mar 7 2010, 02:50 PM
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Have you solved your problem with the Intel 925 motherboard and P4 processor? If not, you might want to look at Motherboards w/ intel P965 chipsets. They're becoming hard to find these days but they are the only chipsets that I'm sure will work w/ LGA775 P4 processors and be able to work with most Core 2 Duo and most Core 2 Quad processors (for future upgrading). You may need to upgrade your RAM to DDR2-667 if you're currently running DDR2-533.

Intel G3x and G4x series chipsets are generally not P4 compatible.
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Ovecinegell
Posted: Dec 7 2010, 01:53 PM
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My Intel system boards seem to last about 5 years before the processor socket starts having bad connections from the heat or the connectors corrode. A better CPU cooler might help. I usually wait too long till I clean the out the dirt that prevents airflow over heatsink.

The DG45ID should do the job.

http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/moth...ID-overview.htm

http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/Sea...oardName=DG45ID

You will need windows7 and the latest BIOS, drivers and HDMI capable TV to do Blu-ray with the onboard video.

If you also need a PATA interface then DG43GT.

http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/moth...GT-overview.htm

http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/Sea...oardName=DG43GT



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