Re-capping A Motherboard

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    TMTGTR

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    Back in May, my main DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) died. A P4 XP SP3 that I picked up off the street around 2009. I had extensively tweaked it to optimal performance for it's assigned task so no internet abilities and stripped shells.

    I began to research options (Money too tight to mention). I did a visual inspection of the board and noticed swelled caps by the CPU. Did much research and had a successful outcome.

    Anyone interested in my odyssey:
    Need Advice On Which Caps To Buy For Dell Dimension 8300 Motherboard
    https://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=106703
    A valuable resource for a newbie to step by step attempt a MOBO recap.
     
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    Thanks, that should be very helpful for do it yourselfers, :)
     
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    Very cool post. I am glad you made it and your computer is working.

    I have my old desktop (Asus Maximus III board) now sitting in the corner.
    Bad NIC on board. Too bad it looks too hard to replace it :/ That computer was damn
    decent.. Very low DPC latency, it was my gaming rig as well..

    Im now using refurbished HP Elite 8200. Works very well. Its not gaming rig tho.
    DPC latency is.. okish tho.
     
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    Could it not be rescued by using a USB, or PCIE connected NIC?
    I guess latency might suffer, wonder by how much though.
     
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    I'll be honest, I was s**ting my pants and did the process in 3 separate sessions. The reality of that MOBO not working was very depressing. It was the single biggest electronics job I ever did.

    At some point I realized, I "Got nothing to lose" and I came to realize that what was so daunting to me, was bread and butter to so many others. This gave me a little confidence.

    The guys at badcaps.net are the best (present company excluded) forum people I have ever come across in terms of patience and frankly the value $ of the advice they offer. Many pros go there to admittedly work on commercial projects and are helped along.

    If you've got nothing to lose...
     
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    is there a USB option?
     
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    USB NIC? for long term use? nah.. That mobo have USB 2.0 only ports also.
    Stability and peformance is a must.

    Well, I got used to that HP 8200.. I even bought nVidia GT 730 2GB GDDR5 vid card
    so I can play my basic games. It did worked pretty ok. Even Stalker works nice, on DX8
    settings tho (no nice dynamic lighting).

    And good news is, I have exacly same one sitting in the corner for spare parts ;)
     
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