Buy old or upgrade?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by NanoSec, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. NanoSec

    NanoSec New Member


    About a year ago, a thunderstorm was raging outside, and in the morning my computer wouldn't turn on. Recently, i have had the problem diagnosed and the motherboard is the only dead part. (the processor was tested and it workes)

    My dead motherboard:
    MSI H67MA-E35

    other parts:

    Intel Core i5-2500

    MSI radeon r9 390 gaming 8gb

    8GB kit(2x4) Crucial Ballistix Sport Series DDR3-1600, cl9

    Power sup:
    Corsair Builder series CX500

    The problem I am having is, that I can't find a motherboard that has the LGA1155 cpu socket and DDR3 memory type.
    Is this configuration simply so old that no seller is selling such a motherboard anymore and i am forced to upgrade?
    Also if i do upgrade should i go for DDR4 ram or keep the old one?

    If i do upgrade, i am ready to spend around 300€ ~~ $340 (for the motherboard, cpu and ram)
    Do u have any recommendations?

    What do u think of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor perhaps?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

    Would definitely swing a new build at that point. Not sure how easy it would be to find a decent socket 1155 motherboard comparable to your so you wouldn't have to reinstall windows or possibly have to buy a new activation key.
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  3. BulldogBuzz

    BulldogBuzz Member

    I would definitely buy a new computer like John said
    Have you got a budget if you do decide to buy a new computer
  4. daisymtc

    daisymtc Active Member

    I don't know which country you are from, there are plenty of H61 motherboard on ebay for £20

    Ryzen 5 1600 is too old.
    For your budget, you should be able to get Ryzen 5 2600 with B450 motheboard and 2 x 8GB DDR4

    I am not sure if you need to buy new windows key. I used my old windows 7 OEM key in with new set up. It seems to work.
  5. OmniDyne

    OmniDyne Active Member

    The 1600 is not too old. The OP being limited by the R9 390, I think the 1600 makes the most sense, especially considering it's only $100.

    @NanoSec if you're wanting to maximize your budget the Ryzen 5 3600 would be your best bet.

    Whatever you choose, you'll need DDR4. You'll want at least 2666MHz.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2019
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