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Need new motherboard for Aspire T160. Where can I obtain one and how much do they cost?

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Hello Martyn - Acer does not sell replacement motherboards. You would have to send your PC to Acer (no longer under warranty) for them to replace the motherboard, charging you for the hardware and the labor which, frankly, would be more than the worth of the whole computer with everything in it.

Fortunately your computer can use any Micro-ATX (a standard "size") motherboard. My suggestion would be that you take your machine to a local PC shop (if such is relatively local) and tell them you would like a new motherboard in you PC and want to keep your old CPU, hard drive, CD/DVD, memory, and any other parts that can be reused which should be everything (except if the dead motherboard damaged other parts like the CPU or memory.) If you wanted to it wouldn't be that more expensive to replace it with a newer faster motherboard but then you would have to replace the CPU and memory also.

I'd estimate (in the US) that it would cost about $150-$200 to replace the original motherboard...it never hurts to shop around.

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    Hello again - My answer above assumes that you have no experience installing motherboards and such...If you are comfortable doing that then the advice given by the two experts below is quite helpful.


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Try- http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=socket+939+motherboard
These boards are obsolete so if you do find one it will probably be very expensive and not worth it in my opinion. I would consider a full system upgrade at this point.

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Depending on which CPU you have on the old MB, the following website will show you a variety of motherboards that will suit your needs.

TigerDirect Motherboards $50-$99


Choose 1 that supports the RAM memory and CPU you currently have.

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