Need advice about upgrade path

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I've been using a dell sc420  server as my game machine. I had to hack
in my Geforce 8600 GTS because the PCIe was only big enough for a 8x
card. It's worked OK for a while but I did have to change out the
power supply. The P4 connector looked cooked. I borrowed a friends and
it worked fine so I replaced it.

Now it's a 2 years later and it's happened again. But a new power
supply wont work. I guess it's the mobo or the cpu. But I can't tell

It's a 775 so I figured I'd just buy a 775 mobo and test the cpu. If
the CPU don't work I'll just buy a core 2 that fits a 775.

Does that sound like a good course of action? If the CPU on this
computer still works I'd like to use it in a server. Hate to get rid
of a working P4 2.8 1meg cache. Is it worth going thru all this
trouble or should I just look for a new mobo/CPU combo?

Re: Need advice about upgrade path

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IF it was my system, I would go through the trouble.

IN all the years I've been working on machines..and it came down to the

Motherboard or CPU...The failure was always in the mobo.

The only two bad cpu's I've ever seen were on machines that were setup

(Heatsink not mounted right...or over-voltaged)

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