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I have a few old desktop machines laying around that have fried motherboards, but everything else works. I previously thought you needed to buy a motherboard from that generation in order for it to work, but then I came across a few modern motherboards that claim to support that old processor (6 years old)...so now I'm confused...I thought this wasn't possible.

Old Desktop

ASUS P5GD1 with Pentium 4 530 (90nm) and uses DDR RAM

NEW Motherboard

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3743# Click on the button that says "CPU Support list" it states that it supports the above processor...

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How did you manage to fry the motherboard without frying at least part of the rest of your system as well? Also, as the accepted answer states, do note the difference between 'modern' and 'new'. –  Mast Dec 17 at 13:47
    
@mast I think I meant fried as in some part of it doesn't work and thus won't turn on. –  J Lee Dec 17 at 21:22

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It may be a currently produced motherboard, but it's not a modern one - Core i5 processors came out 2 years ago and their second generation refresh came out earlier this year, and we're 6 months from the expected next generation. It uses the G41 Express chipset, released in 2008, which supports PCI Express 1.1, but PCI Express 3 came out in 2010. The processor socket LGA 775 has been superceeded twice.

It will work because it is a motherboard for that generation - it happens that that generation lasted a long time (Pentium 4, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo), but it is quite a while since Core 2 Duo was state of the art.

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Thanks, didn't know that, I've been out of the hardware game for a while, and I thought of putting together a homeserver with the spare parts I have lying around. –  J Lee Oct 7 '11 at 3:23

If the motherboard manufacturer says that it supports it, then you should be fine. They don't just put things there.

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