MOBO recommendation

tonyadam
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I have a eMachine desktop which appears to have a bad MOBO (MCP61SM-GM).  I cannot find an affordable replacement.  The processor is an AMD Athlon 64 which requires a Socket AM2.  This board is 240mm x 224mm (9 5/8 inches x 8 1/2 inches).  I would think that another MOBO could work.  If someone could suggest a replacement, it would be very appreciated.  I don't think spending more than $75 would be worth it though.  Thanks,    
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications Specialist
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There is a search Engine on newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=20&name=Motherboards .


You can specify what you need and they have best selection of boards.

You can read comments by other buyers. I would recommend Gigabyte  boards
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i would be interested too, but fail to find it
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I've ordered a Foxconn Board which should be arriving today.  I will likely install it tomorrow and will report back on my success or failure.
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personally, i have used most Asus and Intel boards, some MSI, and 1 Foxconn
all work well
Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications Specialist

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The size you have mentioned is called Micro ATX. Any Microatx board will work.
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Just an update...the Foxconn board fit nicely and had no trouble installing it or attaching any of the switches.  However, it did not solve my problem.  I still do not get any video.  I've swapped PSU, Monitors, cables, memory etc.  I think I'm down to a bad processor.  I have a used one shipping in a couple of days and will update you then.  However, looks like I have a MOBO that I didn't need after all.  
Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications Specialist

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I see that you have swapped everything.
\BTW it is extremely rare for a CPU to go bad.

You may want to troubleshoot your monitor using a freind's laptop or so.

Also count the beeps you hear when the PC starts. If some memory is bad then try with one stick at a time.

Anyway how much do used PCs cost in your place? $50 for the box alone or lower?
You could have bought one of those.
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I have multiple monitors so I know that it is not the monitor.  I too am very surprised if this processor is the culprit but now its becoming a "challenge".   RE:  Beeps....I don't get any beeps.  I've entirely swapped the memory DIMMS with a different set of DIMMS.  So I don't think it is memory.  
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>>   I still do not get any video.  <<   did the new board has the same mounting studs?   is no one shorting the board?   dismount the board and inspect it
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This ended up being a bad processor.  Thanks for all of your help and suggestions.
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ah yes, then a new mobo does not help..

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