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My GT5220 is less than two years old and the motherboard failed according to Gateway. All I want to know is what sort or mother board ie. model # etc. I should look for to replace it. Gateway quoted $942.00 though Best Buy (it wasn't)

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If you have the original Mobo in hand and feel a little curious about how at only two years old it doesn't work anymore, consider this. Inspect the large electrolytic capacitors on the board. (those round cylindrical things that stand up) for swelling. The tops should be perfectly flat. If they show swelling (domed) they have failed, and replacing them will likely bring it back. It takes good soldering skills and at least a 60-watt (100-watt preferred for this job because of the amount of heat required) temperature-regulated soldering iron, and the replacement parts. The bonus to this is you will not need to re-install your windows system. You might even feel a little like you have beat the system.

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Here's one that I shop at for full systems,these guys take a bit to get your system done because they build to order but you can't beat the prices anywhere hands down for what you get,you don't get stuck with all the proprietary hardware and software that slow the machine way down,actually if you check Tiger direct they sell cyberpower systems and may be able to get one quicker,www.cyberpowerpc.com/
http:///www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=cyberpower

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One of the problems with dealing with Gateway is that their systems are proprietary. That means a consumer will almost certainly not have access to a replacement board except through Gateway or their sales agents.

They are not the only ones. If you use a non proprietary system, one you build or have an online builder build for you, you can save money and get better components besides.

As an example, some of the very best motherboards on the market with all sorts of whistles and bells will cost at the most near $500, and for the most part, I never spend more than $300 for a loaded board.

I don't know what your level of expertise is, or if you even want to go the "configure yourself route", but you are faced with laying out what is worth nearly three motherboards to Gateway, buying a new CPU and using your Gateway monitor, or visiting an online builder unil you become savvy enough to know what you want.

Here is a good option: Tigerdirect.com and newegg.com both sell some very good desktops for surprising prices. They run weekend sales all the time and have some really good bargains there.

Look at these:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4410015&sku=H24-30022&cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2011-_-CatId_6_H24-30022

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4459602&sku=A180-1792

The second one is an extremely good deal. Here is a refurbed Gateway you would only need a monitor for, with 8 gig of ram!

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4374308&Sku=S445-10019

I'm sure you get the picture. You can beat Gateway's pricing all to pieces. If you have any questions, write me back.

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As long as you already have the gateway tower. You can put in any motherboard that will fit. I suggest going to ebay.

Here are some from other sites that will work:
Gateway Motherboard C51PVGM-GB 4006136R $159.00 - skyline-eng.com 2516557 - Gateway El Paso Motherboard $99.95 - Cygnus Supply Intel PPGA 370 FEDORA Gateway motherboard-Part ... $79.00 - Paddlersite.com

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