Needed advice on Barebones PC build

Hi Guys (and Gals),

I was just looking for some advice on a barebones PC Build.

I had an old Santa Rosa (965 Chipset Core 2 Duo) laptop whose GFX card (the notorious NVIDIA 8600) decided to overheat and fry. I can boot the laptop but I get lots of Graphics corruption and its practically unusable.

This leaves me with a few components to use up. I have:

-Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 Mobile Processor @ 2.2 GHz/800 MHZ FSB
-2 GB of DDR2 Laptop RAM
-250 GB/SATA 2.5 Western Digital HDD
-Intel 3945 Mini Wireless Card (802.11 b/g)

All of these components are in perfect working order and I was wondering if its possible to find a barebones system that will take most of this? I have had a look for some and all I can find is systems which take older desktop processors, not mobile ones.

I dont mind building a system up so if you know of Motherboards etc that would take this, I would be willing to throw everything together.

On the GFX side, I'm not too fussy and therefore if the barebones comes with an integrated GFX like GMA X3100 (the norm for the 965 Platform), then I'm fine. This build is only going to be used for some light browsing and so on but a X16 PCI-Express would be a bonus (dont know if this is possible tho).

As a last resort, I would consider a barebones laptop but I'm not sure where to find one of those.

Thanks,

Chada

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from what i remember this cpu was shipped in 2 "pin arrays", 479 and 478, make sure to find out which yours is before ordering a board.

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maddogb

from what i remember this cpu was shipped in 2 "pin arrays", 479 and 478, … from what i remember this cpu was shipped in 2 "pin arrays", 479 and 478, make sure to find out which yours is before ordering a board.



Hi maddogb, is there any way I can tell which one I have? The information on-line isn't the most clear.


mumbojumbo

The common problem with these Nvidia chips was the lead-free solder used … The common problem with these Nvidia chips was the lead-free solder used and not the card itself. This solder melts at lower temperatures and deteriorates with repeated heat cycles, so that the chip de-bonds from the motherboard. If the rest of the system is prefectly good, then you may want to consider laptop BGA reballing as an alternative - the chip is removed and the tin solder balls replaced with better ones (not sure if they are full leaded though!). The service costs £75 plus £15 to cover postage both ways if you send in just the motherboard - they're in London docklands.http://www.laptopreballing.co.uk/



Thanks for this, ill look into this.

hold the chip so you can read the writing, flip it over top to bottom and if there are 2 pins missing(1st and 2nd lines down) on what is now the top left its 479
Edited by: "maddogb" 16th Sep 2010

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maddogb

hold the chip so you can read the writing, flip it over top to bottom and … hold the chip so you can read the writing, flip it over top to bottom and if there are 2 pins missing(1st and 2nd lines down) on what is now the top left its 479



Thanks for the help. I'll have a look.
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