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What's the approx. cost for a new motherboard?

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iMac G5 - bought 17" 1st generation - already has had one motherboard replacement - today it died - didn't really need to go through the troubleshooting steps when I saw the bulging caps - so the question is, approx. cost to replace? I could do it myself (I'm a PC desktop support guy) - where to buy? and average price? Any ideas? (I'm sure that Apple doesn't cover this anymore.)
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  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)
    Try [welovemacs.com] or [http://www.synaptech.com/catalog>, you can also Google for parts.






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  • Michael Lafferty Level 6 Level 6 (16,080 points)
    While Apple recently reduced the exchange price for such units it offers to dealers, the stock price remains very high. You can have your 17 or 20 inch logic board refurbished by this company—regardless of processor speed—to deal with the defective capacitor issue. For details, send a message to the electronic mail address in my Public Profile.

    *I may receive compensation as a result of parts or services being ordered by users specified at the link shown above.
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  • ClassicII Level 3 Level 3 (830 points)
    You could get a nice working used board on ebay for about $150.
  • Michael Lafferty Level 6 Level 6 (16,080 points)
    You know, I get the whole 'handy with a soldering iron' do-it-yourself idea, but with through hole, multilayer printed circuit boards assembled with RoHS compliant solder, the idea makes me wince. I know the relative degree of risk our company takes in servicing these boards.

    You're certainly free to make an attempt at replacing the capacitors yourself, and a good deal of information exists on the internet about how to do it, but it is not nearly so easy to perform the process as you might presume it is. We are frequently asked to perform this service after someone has unintentionally 'botched' the effort, and we consistently turn such work away.
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  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)
    Which is why I suggested [http://www.synaptech.com/catalog> in the first place






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  • Dakota Level 3 Level 3 (970 points)
    Kind of spending the price of a Mini, to fix a dead end box. But of course after buying 3 year apple care and a screen, it would cost more, but at least you would have something that will be supported for years to come. Just my two cents.
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