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My EVGA NF78 Motherboard died this morning with a post code "25". EVGA and I walked through the troubleshooting and it's just dead. It's an A1 motherboard that is a lifetime warranty but they don't have any Socket 775, so I have to ship it to EVGA and then, they'll tell me what my options are for the upgrade when they get it.

That being said. I have NO way to view TV at the moment. My HDHR Prime is the only way to view cable/BR or whatever. I have to watch local tv until then.. Yes, it sucks.

So, most likely, they are going to ship me a 1155 motherboard (said the rep) and I need to find a cheap motherboard so I can get back up and running. Also, a new processor.

Since I already have a GT430, it doesn't need to include HDMI

Also, I don't have a lot of money to throw at this problem and don't care about a IG chip.
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Originally Posted by AnthonyB View Post

My EVGA NF78 Motherboard died this morning with a post code "25". EVGA and I walked through the troubleshooting and it's just dead. It's an A1 motherboard that is a lifetime warranty but they don't have any Socket 775, so I have to ship it to EVGA and then, they'll tell me what my options are for the upgrade when they get it.

That being said. I have NO way to view TV at the moment. My HDHR Prime is the only way to view cable/BR or whatever. I have to watch local tv until then.. Yes, it sucks.

So, most likely, they are going to ship me a 1155 motherboard (said the rep) and I need to find a cheap motherboard so I can get back up and running. Also, a new processor.

Since I already have a GT430, it doesn't need to include HDMI

Also, I don't have a lot of money to throw at this problem and don't care about a IG chip.

There have to be a lot of neglected/unwanted 775 computers out there at this point. Seems like to you need to find somebody with one sitting in the closet or garage.
post #3 of 7
Do you have any sort of a laptop running Windows 7? Since you use HDHR, you should be able to get by. You can even hook up the laptop to the TV.
post #4 of 7
G550 is $35 at microcentre, add a $60 B75 HDMI board and $20 4GB DDR3 kit and you are done.
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Originally Posted by AnthonyB View Post

My EVGA NF78 Motherboard died this morning with a post code "25". EVGA and I walked through the troubleshooting and it's just dead. It's an A1 motherboard that is a lifetime warranty but they don't have any Socket 775, so I have to ship it to EVGA and then, they'll tell me what my options are for the upgrade when they get it.

That being said. I have NO way to view TV at the moment. My HDHR Prime is the only way to view cable/BR or whatever. I have to watch local tv until then.. Yes, it sucks.

So, most likely, they are going to ship me a 1155 motherboard (said the rep) and I need to find a cheap motherboard so I can get back up and running. Also, a new processor.

Since I already have a GT430, it doesn't need to include HDMI

Also, I don't have a lot of money to throw at this problem and don't care about a IG chip.

All the cheap motherboards these days have HDMI

G550 is plenty capable of running video from your prime or BR rips without the nvidia card, but you'd also be fine just using the 430 by itself

Also, my wife's acer timeline with an intel su4100 and gma 4500 can properly playback most of our cable subscription in WMC (it does struggle on the 1080i channels output through HDMI)
post #6 of 7
Well, eBay has your board listed:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EVGA-132-CK-NF78-A1-LGA-775-NVIDIA-nForce-780i-SLI-ATX-/111000883259?pt=Motherboards&hash=item19d82b103b

Since it's an ATX form factor, you could search Newegg for an equivalent Gigabyte or Asus ATX board, processor and memory combination and probably do it cheaper than replacing your old board and maybe even get something more modern and more capable than what you started with. I usually treat hardware failures as an opportunity to improve my gear.
post #7 of 7
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I was able to revive it. However I think it may be time to upgrade anyway. Boot is extremely slow and I just don't have patience for it anymore.


What Intel chip should I get?
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