A strange situation but hopefully someone will be able to advise...
5 years ago I built a new PC. Now I've returned from long-term travelling to find that the motherboard has died on me. I can't replace it directly as it's fairly obsolete - Socket 754 for an Athlon 64 3000 processor. So I'm in the market for a new main board and CPU, and I want to choose a combo that will work with all my old components, but I don't really know where to start because I've been out of the loop for so long and things have changed fast, as they do in this world!
The original PC had the following spec:
Athlon 64 3000 CPU
ASUS K8V-SE Deluxe motherboard
SB Audigy PCI soundcard
GeForce 6 PCI-Express GPU
3x 512MB DDR333 RAM
2x 250GB SATA HDs
All the usual peripherals/IOs
I want to replace the mobo/CPU with something modern that is backwards-compatible with the above bits, with room for future upgrades. I don't want the latest & greatest, just something that will work, equal to the old CPU/mobo, and ideally as cheaply as possible. I don't need a 64-bit processor this time.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated, as I'm a bit out of my depth having just jumped back into the so-called 'normal' world after a long time away. But don't tell me to get a new PC - I don't need one yet
Thanks in advance!