OK, after having my board recapped by my buddy, I was crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. He was not fond of the no-solder method to remove the bad caps, and in fact nicked the underside of the board at a spot. He fixed the trace, but my heart sank when I thought of not having this board working again.
So after getting it all hooked up, I fit the power on button and it lit right up. It worked fine !! SWEET !! I checked on it the following day and had a full backup to my home server, so all was looking great, .. until ... I hit the reset button.
I then heard a muffled 'POP' through the sub and the PC shut down completely. I proceeded to pound my head into the carpeted floor ... no, really, I did.
I tore it down later in the week, swapped out the PSU, RAM, removed all cards from it and tried a naked boot ... still dead. So, off to Ebay ... GrRRrr..
As luck would have it, I found one being offered from a parts dealer in Texas. I sat on it for a week, debating whether I really wanted to spend the money before offering him $10 less than what he wanted for it ($99). Got the board yesterday, and even knowing it was probably running the older BIOS, I tried to boot it with an X4 820 CPU. No dice, so back to my old reliable 5050e chip.
I'm now updating the BIOS on it so I can use the quad core, but I still feel like this board just didn't like the added voltage that the X4 chip required (95TDP compared to the 45 for the 5050e). The 'new' board has already had its caps replaced, so it looks identical to my old dead board, so I have every reason to believe it may outlive my original board.
I have a LOT of PCs, and currently have 9 built and up for sale locally, but of all of the rigs that I've built, the one I consider the most irreplaceable is this MSI Diva. I use it for DVD playback via WMC, the audio playback is superb, and I just can't toss in the towel on it .... it LIVES AGAIN !!