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Motherboard for HP a305w

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#1 suey3b


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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:09 AM

Good morning to all! My wife and I have an HP a305w that we've had for a few years. While we were on vacation, our motherboard apparently blew. We don't have the $$ right now to buy a new pc, so we're looking to buy a replacement motherboard - should be cheaper. My cousin goes to a technical school and they do the work for free, you just have to buy the parts. There are two motherboards that are relatively cheap on an auction board that I saw, but I don't know enough about them to know if one is better than the other. I was hoping you could offer your expertise.

Item #1

Documented General Info:
Intel® Northwood Up to 3.6GHz and above
Intel® Celeron up to 2.8G
Intel® Prescott 3.0 GHz and above
Hyper-Threading support
Intel: 400/533/800 MHz FSB

Intel 865G
Intel® ICH5

2 DIMM slot
DDR 266/333/400 SDRAM support
Non ECC support
Dual Channel Support
Max. Cap. Is 1 GB for each channel / 2GB total

AC’ 97 codec 5.1 Channel
Realtek ALC650

Integrated graphics
1 x AGP 4X / 8X slot

Onboard I/O Connectors
2 x PS2 Connectors
1 x Audio connector: MIC-In, Line-In, Line-Out
1 x VGA port, 1 x COM port
1 x (1 x RJ45 + 2 x USB 2.0)
1 Parallel Port
1 x (2 x USB 2.0)

Onboard IDE
2 Dual-Channeled Enhanced PCI Bus Master IDE Connectors Support Ultra DMA ATA 66/100

Expansion Slots
1 AGP 8X

ACPI, APM, DMI, SMBIOS, PnP, USB, PC99, PC2001, Y2K Compliant

Onboard LAN
Realtek 8100BL 10/100 Lan

IEEE 1394

Form Factor
mATX - 9.6" x 9.6"

Supported eMachine System Models:

Package Contents

1 x eMachine/HP/COMPAQ/FIC P4M-865G-Max (VL35G/VL33) P4 Socket-478 Micro-ATX Motherboard

Item #2


CPU Support Socket A for AMD Athlon XP
Thoroughbred/ Barton Core Support
Chipset NVIDIA nForce2 IGP
Front Side Bus 333/266 MHz
Memory -Dual Channel Memory Architecture
-Supports up to 2GB of 2700/PC2100 DDR memory
-2 DIMM sockets
Expansion Slots AGP8X (1.5V only)
3 x PCI
VGA -Integrated GeForce4 MX GPU
-NVIDA nVIEW dual-display architecture
Storage/RAID 2 x UltraDMA 133/100
Audio Realtek ALC650 6-channel CODEC
S/PDIF in / out interface
LAN Integrated 10/100 Mbps LAN controller + Realtek PHY
USB Integrated USB2.0 ports
Special Features Power Loss Restart
Support S/PDIF in / out interface
ASUS C.O.P. (CPU Overheating Protection)

Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel
1 x Serial
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x VGA
1 x Audio I/O
1 x RJ45
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
BIOS 4 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI
Industrial Standard PCI 2.2, USB 2.0
Manageability WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion
Support Disc Drivers
Accessories UltraDMA cable
FDD cable
I/O shield
Form Factor microATX Form Factor, 9.6"x 9.6"(24.5cm x 24.5cm)

Package Contents

1 x ASUS A7N8X-LA Socket-A uATX Motherboard (Tested with AMD Athlon XP 1800+ CPU)

1 x ATA EIDE Cable

1 x FDD Cable

1 x Drivers CD

I don't think I'm violating any of the policies by posting this question, and if I am, I sincerely apologize. I'm just trying to get my wife's pc back in operating order for her.

Thank you!

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 11 August 2009 - 02:46 PM

FWIW: System specs, http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...cname=c00038821

Since you are going to get the assembly free, I suggest giving some thought to putting in a newer, better motherboard and CPU bundle, without spending a lot of money.

Rather than buying either of the boards you listed, I think one of the combinations listed below would serve better. I suggest you ask one or more of the knowledgeable persons who are actually going to put the board in.

Example only: http://www.pcdirectsource.com/parts.cfm?Cat=92

I will also point out that you have chosen interest in two dissimilar boards. The first is an Intel CPU, while the 2d reflects an AMD processor. Since you don't have an AMD system, you would also have to purchase a CPU for that board.

Before you bid on either of those boards, have a serious talk with the persons who are going to put this together. If your cousin has the knowledge, consult her/him about my suggestion, budget, and such.


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