If the case is according to ATX specifications, then any ATX or micro-ATX mainboard will fit.
Just looked at the article you mentioned. Seems, as if replacing the mainboard by something else is near to impossible
On the net ASUS boards are failing fast.
I haven’t investigated, also I chose the Asus, because you (or your friend) aleady own one. No problem chosing something else.
This CUSC is still standing!!!
The older mainboards were of good quality:)[/quote] 512 MB ram? Is that max for the board? 1 GB has punch.[/quote]The Asus board I mentioned, supports up to 4GB. Also, I wouldn’t get a recent system with less than 1GB RAM .
140.00 + 30.00 (for 2nd 512 mb ram / comparison) = 180.00 vs 220.00 = 40.00 difference.
Nitpicking: I already calculated 2x512 MB You pay 45 USD for 1 GB DDR2 RAM nowadays.
Worth a thought. How reliable are ASUS MBs / AMD CPUs?
I am running an older AMD64 CPU on a VIA based MSI board. Nothing to complain about. Can’t tell anything about the reliability of Asus boards, so feel free to select another brand (apart from ECS or PCChips) you like.
the PIII is a good / old / basic PC.
W/upgrade it’s alive again.
Admitted, but these older (still reliable) mainboards suffer from limited throughput. This might be a bottleneck with any data transfer jobs (like DVD burning).
But as no replacement mainboard will fit into the case, the discussion about a total renewal is merely theoretical I really should have looked at that article earlier.
Another remark, as you intend to install a DVD writer. These drives need approx. 2A@12V and another 2A@5V. I am not sure if the PSU of that computer is strong enough to fit these additional demands.