I recently had the pleasure of decomissioning an old warhorse of a computer in the house that has certainly seen better days: It's a Pentium 4 3GHz with HT, 1GB DDR Kingston HyperX RAM machine which had a busted up mobo (an ABIT IC7-MAX3), HDDs that were nearing the end of their lives, and an ATI Radeon 9600 XT with a dead fan.
As a side-project to do in my free time I'm looking to take the CPU and RAM which are clearly still in prime working condition, as well as possibly replace the fan on the Radeon 9600 XT, and make a small general-purpose computer with them so they don't end up collecting dust and wasting perfectly good hardware. I ran some diagnostics on the computer before I decomissioned it and I learned that the CPU's socket is a Socket 478, which I realize is a very old socket by now. I looked for Socket 478 mobos on Newegg and found some that were "refurbished", as well as some other mobos of uncertain origins on places like eBay.
My question is, what would you guys suggest as far as reputable sellers and venders of motherboards of this age go? Would Newegg be one such safe option? I know I'm almost definitely not getting a new mobo for such an old socket and I am willing to settle for used/refurbished mobos, but these things tend to be a hit-or-miss with no fallbacks and I would like some advice before I commit to anything. Also, as I mentioned earlier, I'm looking to replace the dead fan on a ATI Radeon 9600 XT; are replacement fans for that card available?
I've been lurking these forums on-and-off for some time now and the information here has been a great experience to read through, so I'm hoping I can ask you guys for some sound advice. :)
Thanks for reading,
Edited by hamluis, 04 May 2012 - 10:47 AM.
Moved from Buying New Computer to internal Hardware - Hamluis.