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I have a eMachines W3503 with XP MCE 2005 and Celeron D 356. The motherboard went out, it had the Grant County one. I understand that these motherboards and others from eMachines are junk. What is the best and cheapest motherboard to replace it with?
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Here is a really cheap mobo that should take your CPU, (assuming that the chip is a socket 775) but it takes DDR2 RAM, and I don't know what your other board takes for RAM. Yes, emachines boards are junk. I replaced four or five over the winter, and I think I have two more in right now with fried boards...
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It has the DDR RAM, but I would change to DDR2 and my socket is 775. What all would I have to do to install the CPU? I have never messed with one.
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Hmm... Basically it's a matter of being very careful not to damage it while putting it in the socket. The CPU takes NO force to insert into the socket. With Socket 775, the pins are on the socket on the board, and the CPU is smooth on the bottom. Basically you flip the lever and lift the little rack that holds the CPU in place on the old one and reverse the process on the new one. The mobo should come with a manual, tho, and the manual should have directions on installing the CPU.
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ECS is barely better than what E-Machines uses. This Foxconn motherboard is of higher-quality, cheaper, and will use the DDR RAM you already have. :)
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Thanks for the help guys. :)
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ECS is barely better than what E-Machines uses.


I did not know that. Thanks!
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