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Is there any compatibility check done while purchasing a new motherboard with the available peripherals?

One of the computer's GIGABYTE motherboard got damaged (getting stuck at bios and not booting the hard disk) and we are in a plan to buy the new one. Would there be any compatibility issue with the Processor or with any other if I replace the motherboard with any new board of any vendors?

Anybody know any issues, please?

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How old is the mobo (maybe CMOS battery or other trivial problem)? –  Aki Sep 28 '11 at 9:57
    
3yrs old. I have done basic check clearing the CMOS and I have sent it to the computer servicing center where it's said board to be replaced! –  user51737 Sep 28 '11 at 12:41
    
Stuck at post screen can be a bad memory module or other hardware attached to the motherboard. It might be a waste of money to buy another motherboard when that may not be the problem. –  Moab Sep 28 '11 at 12:51
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If you are replacing your damage motherboard you need to consider a few things. Make sure which ever board you replace it with uses the same CPU and RAM that your current motherboard supports. Also double check your other connection such as power supply, video cards ( agp or pci-express ) connections for your hard drives or dvd/cdrw ( pata or sata ) those are things you need to also consider don't pick up another board and find out that neither one of those other components supports it you'll end up spending more money. Most boards now a days offer faster ram speed which mean change of ram slot design, video card wise very rare you'll find both agp and pci express in the mix it's either one or the other. PATA and SATA should be standard but always get one that has more Sata so that you can plug in more internal devices. Power supply most will support the 20pin but majority will require the 24pin to provide better power and performance.

Hope that helps

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Thanks you very much!. I have the processor(Intel pentium dual core, E2180 SLABY MALAY 2.00GHZ/1M/800), should the motherboard speed match the speed of this processor? –  user51737 Sep 30 '11 at 17:40
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whatever motherboard that you buy make sure it supports socket LGA 775 on the manual it should tell you the highest speed that your new mother board will support. In your case that shouldn't be a problem. Also try to confirm that type of ram your got so your new mother supports them as well. Don't spend too much money if it starts costing you more then 300-400 buy a brand new computer they're so cheap nowadays –  Kien Sep 30 '11 at 18:27
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There are 2 main parts that might give a conflict when purchasing a motherboard. You mentioned 1 of them, which is the processor, and the other 1 is the RAM (DDR2 or DDR3) types. You need to determine what type of processor and RAM that are being used. With these information, you can then cross-check with the new motherboards supported processors and RAM.

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