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Seeking replacement 780i motherboard ... or am I? [UPDATE]

Ram|bunc|tious 24,564 1,944 March 15, 2016 at 08:57 PM
You may recall my power supply blew out my motherboard and I ended up replacing the entire system. Very happy with that ... now what can I do with the old components? Is it worth swapping out the old motherboard or do I just sell off the pieces? The motherboard is running in the $150 range on ebay (wow).

Needs to be replaced:
MB: EVGA 780i (EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775)

Components still good, but dated:
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
RAM: 8 GB Patriot DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12-23)
VID: EVGA 260 GTX
PWR: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W

QUESTION: Is there an equivalent board in the ~$50 range that I can plug in and use the video card, RAM & CPU?

UPDATE: Even though the motherboard is 7 years old, and I didn't register it within the 30 day purchase window (I did ~6 months later) EVGA is letting me RMA it! Holy crap is that awesome customer service or what? I contacted them asking to purchase a refurbished or equivalent board, their rep offered a one-time exception. THANK YOU EVGA!

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Ok Dell refurbished shows this Optiplex for 589.00 (30% off puts it right at $400). This blows away the older system doesn't it?

Processor: Intel Core 4th Gen i5-4590 Processor (Quad Core, 3.30GHz Turbo, 6MB)
Windows 8.1 Pro (Free Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro)
500 GB Solid State Hybrid Drive with 8GB Flash
8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (2x 4GB) Non-ECC
8X DVD +/- RW Drive
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Dell Outlet OptiPlex 3020 Small Form Factor
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Ok Dell refurbished shows this Optiplex for 589.00 (30% off puts it right at $400). This blows away the older system doesn't it?

Processor: Intel Core 4th Gen i5-4590 Processor (Quad Core, 3.30GHz Turbo, 6MB)
Windows 8.1 Pro (Free Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro)
500 GB Solid State Hybrid Drive with 8GB Flash
8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (2x 4GB) Non-ECC
8X DVD +/- RW Drive
Intel Integrated Graphics
Dell Outlet OptiPlex 3020 Small Form Factor
Oh ya, your talking a 6+ year old newer processor and SSD, 4050 vs 7210 on CPU Benchmark. I am not a personal fan of that form factor as it's not very expandable.
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Oh ya, your talking a 6+ year old newer processor and SSD, 4050 vs 7210 on CPU Benchmark. I am not a personal fan of that form factor as it's not very expandable.
*sigh* Looks like that old build had a pretty good life and is time to move on. The Dell isn't anything special, but I'm not sure I expect a desktop to last 3 years (my son is pushing for a laptop anyways). My 13 yo daughter has a Surface, might have to get him one as well and set up the desktop area for docking.

Thanks, looks like I'll be parting out this system.
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*sigh* Looks like that old build had a pretty good life and is time to move on. The Dell isn't anything special, but I'm not sure I expect a desktop to last 3 years (my son is pushing for a laptop anyways). My 13 yo daughter has a Surface, might have to get him one as well and set up the desktop area for docking.

Thanks, looks like I'll be parting out this system.
That 780i is a SLI Mobo? It should still have a lot of usable life in it especially if you replace the video cards. Did the power supply ruin the mobo? I think that if it still works that would be an excellent candidate for a folding machine.
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That 780i is a SLI Mobo? It should still have a lot of usable life in it especially if you replace the video cards. Did the power supply ruin the mobo? I think that if it still works that would be an excellent candidate for a folding machine.
Not sure root cause, but some electrical surge damaged components like the DVD & floppy as well as the motherboard (3 of 4 RAM slots compromised). That MB does support SLI, the current card is SLI-capable, but its unstable at best. I was able to fire it up with 1 stick of RAM and pull any data that wasn't backed up.
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Is there an equivalent board in the ~$50 range that I can plug in and use the video card, RAM & CPU?
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Is there an equivalent board in the ~$50 range that I can plug in and use the video card, RAM & CPU?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-DG3...SwoudW5sY1

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-DG3...Swh-1W5rbY

I don't think either of those would give you any issues.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-DG3...SwoudW5sY1 [ebay.com]

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-DG3...Swh-1W5rbY [ebay.com]

I don't think either of those would give you any issues.
Perfect, thank you.
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UPDATE: Even though the motherboard is 7 years old, and I didn't register it within the 30 day purchase window (I did ~6 months later) EVGA is letting me RMA it! Holy crap is that awesome customer service or what? I contacted them asking to purchase a refurbished or equivalent board, their rep offered a one-time exception. THANK YOU EVGA!
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UPDATE: Even though the motherboard is 7 years old, and I didn't register it within the 30 day purchase window (I did ~6 months later) EVGA is letting me RMA it! Holy crap is that awesome customer service or what? I contacted them asking to purchase a refurbished or equivalent board, their rep offered a one-time exception. THANK YOU EVGA!
Wholly Krap, Krusty!! Faint
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Wholly Krap, Krusty!!
Proof it never hurts to try, right? Kicking myself now that I bought an ASUS motherboard for latest system (but I did power it with EVGA Supernova 850 P2 PSU!)
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Proof it never hurts to try, right? Kicking myself now that I bought an ASUS motherboard for latest system (but I did power it with EVGA Supernova 850 P2 PSU!)
Asus has great customer service, and amazing product. Don't be kickin yourself!
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UGH. eVGA sent me a 790i replacement mobo (out of 780i) and turns out 3 of the 4 memory slots are bad. *doh*
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They send out returns/refurbs for replacements, so it's not entirely a surprise there's a problem. Hit 'em again!
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