Thanks very much for that , i read your advice with great interest .
I still have my first PC (full size case ) that basically bit the dust a few years ago - i have thought about stripping out all the old parts out and rebuilding afresh ( not limited to micro ATX) - it's hard to justify it at the moment though but definitely something i want to try .
To be honest , as a newbie to building i wonder whether it might be sensible to see if i can fix up this system before attempting a complete new build - prove to myself i can walk before i try running so to speak !
This leaves me with this faulty emachine which i thought worth trying to repair as
a useful backup to my main PC .- virtually no gaming involved , it was "described" as Media Centre PC which i guess sums up what i used it for .
Right now in this emachine case it seems i have the following working main components -
New Corsair PSU , Seagate HDD (IDE) ,DVD Writer (IDE) , P4 CPU (hopefully igwo)
and 2 x1gb DDR2 RAM 533 (fairly new).
OK - It seems if i want to repair this setup then i need to either get a replica to the original mobo or try to find a compatible upgrade/similar which can work with the existing 533 P4 & RAM ?
Hmm - taking on board your advice , i'll have to give this some more thoughts before deciding how to proceed , but if i carry on browsing for mobo's what are the vital specs i need to look for in order to be a compatible upgrade?
I know it needs to be a Micro ATX ,775 and if i do reuse the P4 it needs to be 533Mhz . As regards the present hardware - i need to also look for 2 x IDE slots yes ?
I can see now why you said the system wasn't worth upgrading .